Horizon Business Funding

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans FAQ

During the last two rounds of the SBA Payroll Protection Program (PPP), Horizon proudly processed over $1.8B in PPP loans for businesses affected by Covid-19 through our online application platform powered by Cross River Bank.

The new Covid-19 relief bill that was signed by President Trump on December 27, 2020 allocates $284 B for a third round of SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans, and we will be offering the loan through the Horizon platform once again.

On Tuesday, January 19 2021 the Small Business Administration (SBA) will begin to accept applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) from all participating financial institutions. We understand the urgency of the PPP for financial relief and are giving you the chance to get a head start by using the link below to begin your application today before we’re able to submit to the SBA on Tuesday.

If you haven’t already, Start Your Application Now

While there still may be outstanding changes to the program’s requirements prior to the SBA receiving applications, we wanted to share some highlights of the new program and answer some common questions that have come into our customer service team these past few days.

Should I begin filling out the pre-application now?

Yes, providing the requested information and filling out the first two pages of the application will assist in streamlining the application process ahead of time. By beginning to submit basic information for the application now, applicants will have more time to prepare for and focus on other steps of the application process prior to the launch of the PPP.

Upon completing the initial two pages, applicants will receive an email confirmation along with a unique link to their application to pick up right where they left off when the SBA officially launches the program.

If I submit my information for the pre-application now, does that mean I have been/will be approved?

No, submitting the requested information does not automatically approve an applicant’s PPP Round B loan nor does it guarantee the applicant’s loan will be approved once the program is officially open. By starting an application now, applicants are providing us with some of the required information about themselves and their business that we know will be required for the next round. There are still additional requirements which must be submitted and approved by the SBA, including but not limited to, payroll calculations, tax forms, and e-signatures in order to submit a completed application for consideration to receive a PPP Round B loan.

Providing this information only assists in beginning the initial stages of the application process to help save time once the program is officially open. Providing this information will not automatically result in an approval decision of an applicant’s loan.

Will I have to fill out this part of the application again?

No, once applicants provide the requested information and fill out these first pages, they will be able to start the remainder of their application once the SBA begins accepting applications and has made the rest of the application requirements public. Applicants will receive an email once the program is officially open with a link that will return them to their application for completion and submission.

Once they have completed the pre-application, applicants will receive an email confirmation containing a unique link to their application where they will have the opportunity to make changes to the information initially entered as well as continue the application once the SBA beings to officially accept PPP Round B applications.

When will I be able to complete the final part of the PPP application?

At this time the SBA has not officially opened the program and lenders are waiting for the Agency to release further guidance. The additional guidance will provide borrowers and lenders with additional details necessary to complete a final application. Once the program officially opens, you will be able to complete the final part of your PPP loan.

By starting an application now, applicants will be automatically signed up to receive email communication once the program is officially open and the rest of the application becomes available.

Am I eligible for a PPP loan in this round if I did not receive a previous PPP loan?

Yes, the program will be open for both first-time borrowers and borrowers looking for a second loan. Please note that the requirements for first-time borrowers and second time borrowers are different. Continue reading below for a non-exhaustive list of eligibility requirements and other helpful information. Please be advised that qualifying as an eligible business does not guarantee a PPP loan will be offered.

I received my first PPP loan through a different lender, am I still eligible to apply for a second draw through you?

Yes, applicants may still apply for a Round B PPP loan through us regardless of receiving a PPP loan from a different lender in the previous round.

Please be advised that only eligible business may apply for a second draw loan. Each business is only entitled to one PPP second draw loan, and previous approval does not guarantee approval for a second draw loan.

What are the loan terms and conditions?

Second Draw PPP Loans are generally subject to the same terms, conditions and requirements as First Draw PPP Loans. These terms include:

  • The guarantee percentage is 100 percent.
  • No collateral will be required.
  • No personal guarantees will be required.
  • The interest rate will be 100 basis points or one percent, calculated on a non-compounding, non-adjustable basis.
  • Maturity is five years.
  • All loans will be processed by all lenders under delegated authority and lenders will be permitted to rely on certifications of the borrower in order to determine eligibility of the borrower and the use of loan proceeds.

I am a first-time borrower, what types of businesses are eligible?

In addition to the businesses that were eligible in the initial round of PPP (including but not limited to small businesses, nonprofit organizations, veterans organizations, Tribal business concerns, small agricultural cooperatives that meet the SBA size standards, sole proprietors, self-employed individuals or independent contractors), during this round the program includes entities that are 501(c)(6)s, destination marketing organizations (DMOs), housing cooperatives, newspapers, broadcasters, and radio stations. Additionally, for first-time borrowers to qualify for eligibility, the entity may employ no more than 500 employees.

I am a first-time borrower, when did I have to be doing business by to qualify for a loan?

In order to be eligible for a loan, first-time businesses must have been in operation on February 15, 2020.

I am a first-time borrower, what is the maximum amount I may request under PPP?

The absolute maximum cap on loans (both first-time applicants and second draw borrowers) for PPP is $2,000,000. In your application you will be requested to submit certain documentation as proof of eligibility that will determine the amount your business is eligible for under the program. Please be advised that borrowers are not guaranteed the full amount requested in their application.

What expenses are eligible to be included in my PPP application?

In addition to the expenses that were eligible under the previous round (payroll, rent, covered mortgage interest and utilities), both first-time applicants and borrowers applying for a second draw may also use their PPP loan to cover the following expenses: covered operations (software, cloud computing, and other human resources and accounting needs); property damage costs due to public disturbances that occurred during 2020 that are not covered by insurance; covered supplier costs; and covered worker protection expenditures and personal protective equipment (PPE) to help a loan recipient comply with federal, state or local health guidance including requirements issued by the CDC, OSHA, HHS and state or local governments.

I received a PPP loan in the previous round, what do I need to show to be eligible for a second draw?

Eligible businesses that received a prior loan must:

  • Have 300 or fewer employees,
  • Have sustained a 25 percent drop in revenue in any quarter of 2020 when compared to the same quarter in 2019, and
  • A borrower must have used the full amount of its first PPP loan to apply for a second.

Are seasonal employers eligible to participate in the PPP program?

Yes, seasonal employers are eligible for PPP loans. Seasonal employers are defined as businesses that do not operate for more than seven months in a calendar year or earned no more than one-third of their receipts in any six months in the prior calendar year.

How does a seasonal employer calculate the maximum PPP loan amount?

As defined by section 315 of the Economic Aid Act, a borrower is a seasonal employer if it does not operate for more than 7 months in any calendar year or, during the preceding calendar year, it had gross receipts for any 6 months of that year that were not more than 33.33 percent of the gross receipts for the other 6 months of that year. Under section 336 of the Economic Aid Act, a seasonal employer must determine its maximum loan amount for purposes of the PPP by using the employer’s average total monthly payments for payroll for any 12-week period selected by the seasonal employer beginning February 15, 2019, and ending February 15, 2020.

Will I be approved for a PPP loan if my business is in bankruptcy?

No. If the applicant or the owner of the applicant is the debtor in a bankruptcy proceeding, either at the time it submits the application or at any time before the loan is disbursed, the applicant is ineligible to receive a PPP loan. If the applicant or the owner of the applicant becomes the debtor in a bankruptcy proceeding after submitting a PPP application but before the loan is disbursed, it is the applicant’s obligation to notify the lender and request cancellation of the application.

Failure by the applicant to do so will be regarded as a use of PPP funds for unauthorized purposes. The Borrower Application Form for PPP loans (SBA Form 2483), which reflects this restriction in the form of a borrower certification, is a loan program requirement. Lenders may rely on an applicant’s representation concerning the applicant’s or an owner of the applicant’s involvement in a bankruptcy proceeding.

Are affiliates considered together for purposes of determining eligibility?

In most cases, a borrower will be considered together with its affiliates for purposes of determining eligibility for the PPP. Under SBA rules, entities may be considered affiliates based on factors including but not limited to stock ownership, overlapping management, and identity of interest. See 13 CFR 121.301(f). The affiliation rules under 13 CFR 121.301(f) are waived with respect to eligibility for a Second Draw PPP Loan for: (i) any business concern with not more than 300 employees that, as of the date on which the covered loan is disbursed, is assigned a NAICS code beginning with 72; and (ii) (A) any business concern (including any station which broadcasts pursuant to a license 25 granted by the Federal Communications Commission under title III of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 301 et seq.) without regard for whether such a station is a concern as defined in 13 C.F.R. § 121.105, or any successor thereto) that employs not more than 300 employees, per physical location of such business concern and is majority owned or controlled by a business concern that is assigned a NAICS code beginning with 511110 or 5151; or (B) any nonprofit organization that is assigned a NAICS code beginning with 5151.

What is the rule for Faith-Based Organizations?

This rule exempts otherwise qualified faith-based organizations from the SBA’s affiliation rules, including those set forth in 13 CFR part 121, where the application of the affiliation rules would substantially burden those organizations’ religious exercise. For the reasons described in 85 Fed. Reg. 20817, the SBA’s affiliation rules, including those set forth in 13 CFR part 121, do not apply to the relationship of any church, convention or association of churches, or other faith-based organization or entity to any other person, group, organization, or entity that is based on a sincere religious teaching or belief or otherwise constitutes a part of the exercise of religion. This includes any relationship to a parent or subsidiary and other applicable aspects of organizational structure or form. A faith-based organization seeking loans under this program may rely on a reasonable, good faith interpretation in determining whether its relationship to any other person, group, organization, or entity is exempt from the affiliation rules under this provision, and SBA will not assess, and will not require participating lenders to assess, the reasonableness of the faith-based organization’s determination.

What qualifies as “payroll costs?”

Payroll costs consist of compensation to employees (whose principal place of residence is the United States) in the form of salary, wages, commissions, or similar compensation; cash tips or the equivalent (based on employer records of past tips or, in the absence of such records, a reasonable, good-faith employer estimate of such tips); payment for vacation, parental, family, medical, or sick leave; allowance for separation or dismissal; payment for the provision of employee benefits consisting of group health care or group life, disability, vision, or dental insurance, including insurance premiums, and retirement; payment of state and local taxes assessed on compensation of employees; and for an independent contractor or sole proprietor, wages, commissions, income, or net earnings from self-employment, or similar compensation.

Is there anything that is expressly excluded from the definition of payroll costs?

Yes. The Act expressly excludes the following:

  • Any compensation of an employee whose principal place of residence is outside of the United States;
  • The compensation of an individual employee in excess of $100,000 on an annualized basis, as prorated for the period during which the payments are made or the obligation to make the payments is incurred;
  • Federal employment taxes imposed or withheld during the applicable period, including the employee’s and employer’s share of FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act) and Railroad Retirement Act taxes, and income taxes required to be withheld from employees; and
  • Qualified sick and family leave wages for which a credit is allowed under sections 7001 and 7003 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Public Law 116-127).

When will I have to begin paying principal and interest on my PPP loan?

If you submit to your lender a loan forgiveness application within 10 months after the end of your loan forgiveness covered period, you will not have to make any payments of principal or interest on your loan before the date on which SBA remits the loan forgiveness amount on your loan to your lender (or notifies your lender that no loan forgiveness is allowed).

Your “loan forgiveness covered period” is the period beginning on the date the lender disburses the PPP loan and ending on any date selected by the borrower that occurs during the period (i) beginning on the date that is 8 weeks after the date of disbursement and (ii) ending on the date that is 24 weeks after the date of disbursement. Your lender must notify you of remittance by SBA of the loan forgiveness amount (or notify you that SBA determined that no loan forgiveness is allowed) and the date your first payment is due. Interest continues to accrue during the deferment period.

If you do not submit to your lender a loan forgiveness application within 10 months after the end of your loan forgiveness covered period, you must begin paying principal and interest after that period. For example, if a borrower’s PPP loan is disbursed on January 25, 2021, the 24-week period ends on July 12, 2021. If the borrower does not submit a loan forgiveness application to its lender by May 12, 2022, the borrower must begin making payments on or after May 12, 2022.

What happens if PPP loan funds are misused?

If you use PPP funds for unauthorized purposes, SBA will direct you to repay those amounts. If you knowingly use the funds for unauthorized purposes, you will be subject to additional liability such as charges for fraud. If one of your shareholders, members, or partners uses PPP funds for unauthorized purposes, SBA will have recourse against the shareholder, member, or partner for the unauthorized use.

No. The lender must make a one-time, full disbursement of the PPP loan within ten calendar days of loan approval; for the purposes of this rule, a loan is considered approved when the loan is assigned a loan number by SBA. If the tenth calendar day is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the period continues to run until the end of the next busines day. Notwithstanding this limitation, lenders are not responsible for delays in disbursement attributable to a borrower’s failure to timely provide required loan documentation, including a signed promissory note. Loans for which funds have not been disbursed because a borrower has not submitted required loan documentation within 20 calendar days of loan approval shall be cancelled by the lender. When disbursing loans, lenders must send any amount of loan proceeds designated for the refinance of an EIDL loan directly to SBA and not to the borrower.

The following businesses are NOT eligible to receive PPP loans:

  • Entities listed in 13 C.F.R. 120.110 and subsequent regulations except for entities from that regulation which have otherwise been made eligible by statute or guidance, and except for nonprofits and religious organizations;
  • Entities involved in political and lobbying activities including engaging in advocacy in areas such as public policy or political strategy or otherwise describes itself as a think tank in any public document;
  • Entities affiliated with entities in the People’s Republic of China;
  • Registrants under the Foreign Agents Registration Act; and
  • Entities that receive a grant under the Shuttered Venue Operator Grant program.
  • Publicly traded companies

Some helpful tips

  • Please complete the application from your desktop computer using the Google Chrome browser.
  • When uploading documents, please use the approved formatting (PDF is preferred) and ensure that you upload quality images for faster processing.
  • Please contact via email whenever possible. If you must call, try to avoid peak hours of 11am – 3pm EST so that you don’t have to wait too long for support.
  • If you include your business name with your email inquiry, we help you much faster.
  • Our customer support staff are not financial advisors and therefore are unable to provide advice of any kind. We are educated on the program and our application flow, and we can help provide information about your application status. For all other inquiries, please seek support from your CPA.
  • The banking information you provide will be where your funds go, so please be sure to provide a business account on your bank may reject it.
  • Please confirm the routing # you include is the ACH routing number on your bank may reject it.
  • Horizon is not responsible for any misuse or improper use of the application system.

 

Until the SBA will begin to accept applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) from all participating financial institutions, we’re giving you the chance to get a head start by using the link below to begin your application today before we’re able to submit to the SBA on Tuesday.

Start Your Application Now

Once you complete the preliminary application, you will begin to receive notifications with program updates and useful information to help ensure that your application can be completed and submitted to the SBA.

Please note the information on this page as well as the required information in the preliminary application are subject to change pursuant to guidance published by the SBA. In addition, approval during a previous round of the Paycheck Protection Program does not guarantee approval during the next round of the Program. Eligibility and availability are determined on a case-by-case basis by Cross River Bank and subject to guidance published by the US Small Business Administration.