SBA issues interim rule on deadline extensions

May 21, 2020

The Small Business Administration issued an interim final rule extending the repayment date for the Paycheck Protection Program certification safe harbor.

Under the revised policy, any borrower that applied for a PPP loan prior to April 24 and repaid the loan in full by May 18 will be deemed by SBA to have made the required certification in good faith. The deadline was previously May 14.

The rule also codifies the deadline extension for submitting the initial SBA Form 1502, for which the agency has yet to provide detailed guidance. As the SBA announced in the latest update to its PPP frequently asked questions, that deadline is now the later of: (1) May 29, 2020, or (2) 10 calendar days after disbursement or cancellation of the PPP loan.

Lenders are required to submit the form to report on PPP loans and collect the processing fees on fully disbursed loans to which they are entitled, though SBA 7(a) Fiscal and Transfer Agent Colson Services Corp. says in an online advisory that lenders should not report their PPP loans on Form 1502 until the SBA has released additional guidance.

Additional PPP guidance and resources are available on Treasury’s PPP webpage and ICBA's COVID-19 resource center.