Paycheck Protection Program Loan
Please take a look at the Application Tips below before starting an application. This will ensure you are able to gather all of the required documents and information beforehand.
In order to help expedite the application process, please have the following documents available for upload as applicable to your particular type of business or organization:
- Front and Back of Government Issued ID: Driver’s License, Passport, Military, etc. (required)
- Payroll Register for the full 2019 year (required)
- Payroll Register for all available months in 2020 (required)
- All 2019 IRS Form 941s or 2019 IRS Form 944s (for applicants with employees)
- 1099-MISC (for applicants that are independent contractors)
- 2019 IRS 1040 Schedule C (for applicants that are self-employed)
- 1099-MICS for each self-employed owner (for applicants that are self-employed)
Please ensure all uploaded documentation is legible and preferably in .pdf or .jpg format.
Calculating Payroll Costs
- Payroll costs are calculated on a gross basis without regard to federal taxes imposed or withheld
- Excludes: employer share
- Excludes: salaries in excess of $100,000 but includes benefits (non-cash compensation)
- Includes: employer contributions to defined-benefit or defined-contribution retirement plans
- Includes: payment for the provision of employee benefits consisting of group health care coverage, including insurance premiums
- Includes: payment of state and local taxes assessed on compensation of employees
Payroll costs for Independent Contractors should not be included. Independent contractors and sole proprietors are eligible to apply separately.
No Duplicate Applications
Please do not include other versions of the Paycheck Protection Program application, as this process will guide you through all necessary questions contained on the official application and complete one for you. Duplicate applications may cause delay in processing and approval.
Please be aware that this website is currently under heavy load as many applicants are working through the system at the same time. If you encounter difficulties with the website allowing you to progress or upload documents, please be patient and re-try your submission as time permits. Attempting to re-log into the site may help however if problem persist, waiting to continue during off-peak hours (9:00 AM – 7:00 PM) may help.
Benefits of an SBA-Backed Paycheck Protection Program Loan
Low Interest Rate
Just 1% APR for the entire life of your Paycheck Protection Program loan.
100% Loan Forgiveness
For qualified loan uses like payroll, mortgage interest, rent, and utilities.
Payments deferred for the first 6 months, and up to 12 months for some qualifying borrowers.
2-Year Terms Available
Spread out payments over a two-year term to make your loan even more affordable.
What Is the Paycheck Protection Program?
Recently added as an SBA loan program, the Paycheck Protection Program provides federally-guaranteed loans to eligible small businesses. Loans can be up to $10 million and may be partially forgivable. These loans are intended to help small businesses retain employees throughout and after the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
As dictated by the CARES Act, the SBA will commit to helping small business owners across America borrow $349 billion. The Paycheck Protection Program covers operational expenses beginning February 15, 2020 and ending on June 30, 2020.
You can apply for your Paycheck Protection Program loan as early as Friday, April 3, 2020.
Is Your Small Business Eligible for the Program?
The CARES Act has expanded the eligibility criteria for borrowers to qualify for a Paycheck Protection Program loan. Any qualified small business, nonprofit organization, veterans organization, or tribal business is eligible to review a loan if the business employs 500 or fewer people.
How Can You Use Your Paycheck Protection Program Loan?
The loan may only be used for:
- Payroll costs and employee commissions or similar compensations
- Insurance premiums and group healthcare benefits during paid sick, family, or medical leave
- Mortgage interest payments (but not prepayment or payment of mortgage principal)
- Commercial space rent and utilities
- Interest on any other debt obligations incurred before the covered period
What you need to apply:
- The date you started your business - You need to have been in business on February 15, 2020
- Documentation verifying your average monthly payroll costs
- Payroll costs include salary, wages, commissions, or tips (capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee).
- Employee benefits including costs for vacation, parental, family, medical, or sick leave; an allowance for separation or dismissal.
- Payments required for the provisions of group health care benefits including insurance premiums; and payment of any retirement benefit.
- State and local taxes assessed on compensation.
- For a sole proprietor or independent contractor: wages, commissions, income, or net earnings from self-employment, capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee.
See our Application Tips for more specific details about required documents and other information you will need to apply.
How to earn loan forgiveness
You may be eligible to have all or a portion the loan principal forgiven if you use the funds for certain qualifying costs incurred and payments made for payroll, mortgage interest, rent and utilities during the first eight weeks following the date the loan is made. You will have to provide documentation.
Payroll costs are capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee. Due to the likely high subscriptions, it is anticipated that not more than 25% of the forgiven amount may be for non-payroll costs. Loan payments will be deferred for 6 months. While payments are deferred, interest will continue to accrue.
Who can apply?
All businesses – including nonprofits, veterans organizations, Tribal business concerns, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors – with 500 or fewer employees can apply.
Businesses in certain industries can have more than 500 employees if they meet applicable SBA employee-based size standards for those industries (click here for additional detail).
Ready to get started?
Apply now to access the $349 billion in federal funding to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn.