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***updated regulations marked with *** based on the December 27, 2020 COVID relief Act
2 year term (5 year term for loans approved by SBA after 6/5/2020), 0.5% interest rate. No prepayment penalty. 1 PPP loan per entity.
Seasonal businesses may use average monthly payroll from 2/15/19 to 6/30/19
New businesses may use average payroll from 1/1/20 to 2/29/20
Payroll Costs include:
Does NOT include
Additional uses of loan (may not be forgiven)
Additional program information HERE
Self-employed information HERE
Up to 24 weeks (previously 8 weeks which was updated 6/2020) of costs forgiven from loan balance (beginning on loan origination date) :
*in Force prior to 2/15/2020. Only 40% of the forgiven amount may be for non-payroll costs.
Can get other SBA loans but can’t use same qualifying expenses for both
Must maintain payroll
Low interest (less than 3.75%) up to $2m to pay for expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred including payroll and operating expenses
Request grant of up to $10k ($1k per employee) when applying for loan that does not need to be repaid.
Can be used for
***Grant money is not taxable***
***loan repayment deferred March 2021 as follows***
SBA will cover loan payments (Principal & Interest) for 6 months
(Does Not include PPP loans)
***Forgiven principal is not taxable***
Refundable Payroll Tax Credit through 12/31/2020 (***extended until June 30, 2021***)
Refundable payroll tax credit for 50% of wages paid (including health benefits) for the first $10k in wages per employee
***Credit increased to 70% with December 2020 bill***
Employers that have been fully or partially suspended as a result of government order limiting commerce, travel or group meetings
Experienced >50% reduction in quarterly receipts year over year
***updated to 20% reduction in quarterly receipts with December 2020 bill***
Employers with less than 500 employees must provide up to 2 weeks paid leave to employees. May be a hardship exemption for businesses with fewer than 50 employees for school closings or childcare unavailability if it could jeopardize business as a going concern.
Employee information posters required to be posted: click HERE
Employer Information: click HERE
FAQs: click HERE
Full credit for wages paid plus cost to maintain health insurance.
Credit is applied against future federal payroll taxes and payments. Can also request advance from IRS.
***UPDATE DECEMBER 2020***
Voluntary leave extended to 3/31/2021
Mandatory leave ends 12/31/2020
Ability to take losses from 2018, 2019 or 2020 and amend earlier returns to take advantage of a loss carry back for up to 5 years
***added*** 100% deduction of business meals in 2021 and 2022 instead of the prior 50% deduction
Grants up to $15,000 for eligible RI businesses impacted by COVID.
Amounts vary based on number of employees. Must have at least 1 employee plus the owner and less than 20 (no cap for restaurant and caterers).
Must be able to show revenue declined by more than 50% in eligible industries (or 30% in industries listed as "severely impacted")
Additional Requirements and details available HERE
Official State Announcement HERE