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Thursday, 29 July 2021 15:59

Paycheck Protection Program Direct Forgiveness Portal Now Open

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The  U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching a streamlined application portal to allow borrowers with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans $150,000 or less through participating lenders to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA.  

“The SBA’s new streamlined application portal will simplify forgiveness for millions of our smallest businesses---including many sole proprietors---who used funds from our Paycheck Protection Program loans to survive the pandemic,” said Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman. “The vast majority of businesses waiting for forgiveness have loans under $150,000. These entrepreneurs are busy running their businesses and are challenged by an overly complicated forgiveness process. We need to deliver forgiveness more efficiently so they can get back to enlivening our Main Streets, sustaining our neighborhoods and fueling our nation’s economy.”

 

This new change will help rush relief to more than 6.5 million smallest of small businesses, which has been the administrator’s priority since day one. The new forgiveness platform will begin accepting applications from borrowers Aug. 4. 

 

Lenders are required to opt-in to this program here.

 

In addition to the technology platform, the SBA is standing up a PPP customer service team to answer questions and directly assist borrowers with their forgiveness applications. Borrowers that need assistance or have questions should call (877) 552-2692, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. ET.

 

“This initiative will allow PPP borrowers to put their concerns of achieving full forgiveness behind them and focus on operating and growing their businesses again,” said Patrick Kelley, associate administrator for SBA’s Office of Capital Access. “We are pleased to be able to assist financial institutions across the U.S. in...


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