Updated: Jul 15, 2020
*Updated June 18, 2020
After almost a month, the SBA in conjunction with Treasury released Wednesday a revised loan forgiveness application for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The SBA also unveiled a new EZ application for forgiveness of PPP loans.
Ok SBA, enough is enough. Are you kidding us? An 11-page application for PPP forgiveness? This is longer than the average tax return for a small business. As an accountant, I offer a simple solution instead of this exercise in futility. 1. For all borrowers under $2 million - keep the money. Admit that giving companies 10 weeks’ worth of funding to spend in eight weeks was flawed to begin with and trust that companies are using the money for survival. Since you are now designing more funding, don’t forget that 10 weeks was not enough to achieve the desired results. 2. Turn the entire amount into a grant immediately. The costs of reviewing and approving loans plus the time and effort from "borrowers" to apply for forgiveness have to far exceed the money that needs to be returned over a two-year period. The productivity of the businesses using the extra funds to keep staff and pay rent will ultimately be more the amounts forgiven. I understand simplicity is not the strength of government, but for once take the advice of a simple accountant who could have helped you design a simple relief bill to begin with.
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