PPP Loan Services
Businesses with fewer than 500 employees, including sole proprietors and those with self-employment income, are eligible for a forgivable loan that is fully guaranteed by the federal government through December 31, 2020.
Help with PPP Loans
Companies that have managed to secure financing through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) are fortunate—but also saddled with a lot of red tape. Business owners and managers should be careful that they adhere strictly to the terms of the program to qualify for loan forgiveness.
Calculate the PPP loan amount
Unfortunately, the Small Business Administration loan program, which was rapidly flooded with applications, quickly maxed out the money available for emergency loans. Congress is expected to authorize more funds for the program soon.
A Few Recommendations:
PPP Loans have stringent rules as to what the funds can be spent on, to help you stay in compliance with the laws. We recommend the following:
SEPARATE BANK ACCOUNT
We advise clients to set-up a separate (new) bank account for the PPP funds, so they can easily be traced to use for appropriate purposes. Ideally, you would pay the qualifying items out of this account. However, if this is not possible, we recommend continuing to pay those expenses from other accounts and keep a detailed record of what is reimbursed to other accounts for a precise tracing of these funds.
WHAT CAN THE FUNDS BE USED FOR
Generally, the funds can be used in the eight weeks following the loan, for payroll costs, rent, utilities, and interest (not principal) on loans. More specifically, these costs include:
Wages, tips, and other similar compensation, employer portion of SUTA, employer portion of health insurance, dental insurance, and health savings account contributions. Payroll does not include the employer portion of FICA, which is Social Security and Medicare.
Rent payments on leases dated before February 15, 2020.
Payments of interest on mortgage obligations incurred before February 15, 2020.
Payments of utilities based on contracts that were in effect before February 15, 2020.
Do You Have Questions?
More than two years after COVID-19 changed the world, business valuations are still challenging. At the midpoint of 2022, the idea that things have returned to ‘normal’ is certainly debatable. In many instances, historic valuation inputs, specifically past performance, cannot be taken as an indication of future performance.
Business owners are facing operational and financial challenges, including those related to recruiting and employee retention. As of March 2022, the Employment Cost Index for total compensation in the Midwest rose by 5.1% compared to March 2021.
The Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) helped employers bolster cash flow and avoided layoffs during the most uncertain periods of COVID. The confluence of state issued forced business closures and stay at home orders created adverse conditions for many Minnesota companies. The program provided a desperately needed capital infusion to struggling businesses.