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American Rescue Plan Act Expands PPP’s Reach

American Rescue Plan Act Expands PPP’s Reach


Eligible borrower application deadline is May 31, 2021

The voluminous, $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) signed into law earlier this month, provides a couple of key modifications to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). As we wrote about last December, the $900 billion Economic Aid Act extended the popular PPP program, providing for additional, “second round” loans for qualifying businesses who experienced at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts in one quarter of 2020, compared to the same quarter in 2019. The Economic Aid Act also added a laundry list of additional expenditures that would be forgivable under the PPP, including expenditures for PPE and property damage costs related to vandalism or looting during public disturbances in 2020. In welcome news to overworked small business owners everywhere, the act promised a simpler version of the forgiveness application for business receiving loans of $150,000 or less. The one-page application can be found here.

In similar fashion, section 5001 of ARPA modifies the PPP to make it more useful to those hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. For one thing, it injects an additional $7.25 billion into the program. Additionally, ARPA:

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