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Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act

June 4, 2020

Article courtesy Yeo & Yeo

On June 3, the Senate passed the House version of the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, which will:

  • Give businesses 24 weeks to spend their PPP loan proceeds instead of 8 weeks.
  • Require that only 60% of proceeds be spent on payroll expenses, versus the previous 75% constraint. 
  • Extend the deadline that businesses must rehire workers, from June 30 to December 31.
  • Provide a loan repayment term of five years instead of two years for any loan dollars not forgiven.
  • Allow borrowers to defer the employer share of Social Security taxes (6.2%), regardless of whether the borrower receives forgiveness or not. 50% of deferred Social Security tax would be due in 2021, with the other 50% due in 2022.

Note one significant change: The original PPP rules allowed partial loan forgiveness if a company used less than 75% of the loan for payroll, but the new House and Senate bill states that none of the loan will be forgiven if the new 60% threshold is not met. The entire loan will need to be repaid if payroll expenses are less than 60%.

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