The legislation signed in December 2020 contains changes to the PPP loan forgiveness process, which allows customers with loans of $150,000 or less to use a simplified application for loan forgiveness. The new legislation also allows more expense types to qualify for loan forgiveness.
Please note that forgiveness applications submitted to us are only for CEF PPP loan recipients. Ie, if your PPP loan was processed by another institution, we cannot accept your forgiveness application. If you received a PPP loan through a different lending institution, please refer to them to understand their forgiveness processes and submit an application.
A borrower can apply for forgiveness once all loan proceeds for which the borrower is requesting forgiveness have been used. Borrowers can apply for forgiveness any time up to the maturity date of the loan. If borrowers do not apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the covered period, then PPP loan payments are no longer deferred, and borrowers will begin making loan payments to their PPP lender.Read more about PPP loan forgiveness from the SBA: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program/ppp-loan-forgiveness.
Effective February 2, 2021, you may fill out a PPP forgiveness application request form with CEF via the button above or at this link. Once you submit this request form, you will then receive an email with your forgiveness application. Please note that this is only for those who received a PPP loan through CEF and NOT any other lending institution. If you received a PPP loan through a different lending institution, please contact them regarding their PPP forgiveness process.
We have updated our forgiveness application process per the changes put into place by the SBA on January 19, 2021, which included revised forms and procedures for PPP Forgiveness that were intended to simplify the application and forgiveness process for PPP loans under $150,000.
Within 10 months after the last day of the borrower’s loan forgiveness Covered Period. In no event may the Covered Period extend beyond December 31, 2020. Please see the “for what time period must I show documentation” question below for the definition of Covered Period. See question 4 of the Treasury Department FAQs for more details.
You must show documentation for the “Covered Period”. The Covered Period is either (1) the 24-week (168-day) period beginning on the PPP Loan Disbursement Date, or (2) if the Borrower received its PPP loan before June 5, 2020, the Borrower may elect to use an eight-week (56-day) Covered Period. For example, if the Borrower is using a 24-week Covered Period and received its PPP loan proceeds on Monday, April 20, the first day of the Covered Period is April 20 and the last day of the Covered Period is Sunday, October 4. In no event may the Covered Period extend beyond December 31, 2020.
It depends. There are three different forms, each of which has different requirements for backup documents:
SBA Form 3508S has the fewest calculations. You can use the backup documents listed on the instructions of the 3508S if your PPP loan amount was $50,000 or less and you are exempt from the $2 Million PPP loan total from affiliates rule listed at the top of the 3508S instructions form here.
Borrowers that use SBA Form 3508S (or lender equivalent) are exempt from reductions in loan forgiveness amounts based on reductions in full-time equivalent (FTE) employees or in salaries or wages. SBA Form 3508S also does not require borrowers to show the calculations used to determine their loan forgiveness amount. However, SBA may request information and documents to review those calculations as part of its loan review process.
SBA Form 3508EZ has some additional requirements. You may use the 3508 EZ if you didn’t have employees, or if you maintained the same number of Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) at 75% or more during the covered period, full details on qualifying requirements are here
If you qualify for the 3508 EZ , the following documentation must be submitted to the lender:
Payroll: Documentation verifying the eligible cash compensation and non-cash benefit payments from the Covered Period or the Alternative Payroll Covered Period consisting of each of the following: a. Bank account statements or third-party payroll service provider reports documenting the amount of cash compensation paid to employees. b. Tax forms (or equivalent third-party payroll service provider reports) for the periods that overlap with the Covered Period or the Alternative Payroll Covered Period: i. Payroll tax filings reported, or that will be reported, to the IRS (typically, Form 941); and ii. State quarterly business and individual employee wage reporting and unemployment insurance tax filings reported, or that will be reported, to the relevant state. c. Payment receipts, cancelled checks, or account statements documenting the amount of any employer contributions to employee health insurance and retirement plans that the Borrower included in the forgiveness amount. d. If you checked only the second box on the checklist on page 1 of these instructions, the average number of full-time equivalent employees on payroll employed by the Borrower on January 1, 2020 and at the end of the Covered Period.
Nonpayroll: Documentation verifying existence of the obligations/services prior to February 15, 2020 and eligible payments from the Covered Period. a. Business mortgage interest payments: Copy of lender amortization schedule and receipts or cancelled checks verifying eligible payments from the Covered Period; or lender account statements from February 2020 and the months of the Covered Period through one month after the end of the Covered Period verifying interest amounts and eligible payments. b. Business rent or lease payments: Copy of current lease agreement and receipts or cancelled checks verifying eligible payments from the Covered Period; or lessor account statements from February 2020 and from the Covered Period through one month after the end of the Covered Period verifying eligible payments. c. Business utility payments: Copy of invoices from February 2020 and those paid during the Covered Period and receipts, cancelled checks, or account statements verifying those eligible payments
If you do not qualify for the 3508S or the 3508 EZ, the form 3508 instructions provide the additional documentation required.
Yes. Per current SBA guidance, any Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advance amount you received will be deducted from your forgiveness amount by the SBA during the settlement process. Please note that an EIDL advance is different than an EIDL Loan. See question 1 of EIDL FAQs on P. 11 of PPP Forgiveness FAQs for more details.
Approved in Full: Lender approved in full the forgiveness amount requested by borrower and the forgiveness amount requested by Lender equals that amount.
Approved in Part: Lender did not approve the full forgiveness amount requested by borrower and the forgiveness amount requested by Lender is less than the forgiveness amount requested by borrower.
Denied: Lender denied the entire forgiveness amount requested by the borrower.
Note that CEF will not make an Approved in Part of Denied decision without communicating with you to ensure relevant facts are taken into account prior to our decision.
Yes, Congress continues to consider changes to the program as part of broader COVID-19 relief programs. When we receive new guidance or legislation is enacted, we will make any necessary updates to our loan application, loan agreement, and forgiveness application process.
CEF will be posting a call-in number in CEF documentation.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securities (CARES) Act, provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Need more information about the CARES Act and the PPP? View our CARES Act & PPP Summary via the link below.
Must Keep Employees on the Payroll—or Rehire Quickly
All Small Businesses Eligible
"Once again, CEF has come to the rescue. Because of their swift action and personally helping us navigate the complex government requirements [for the PPP], we now have the funds to re-open in 30 days with all nine employees still on board."
Diana Gadison | Executive Director | Early Success Academy