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President Signs the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act: What You Need To Know

On June 5, 2020 President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (the PPP Flexibility Act). Importantly, for existing PPP loans, the PPP Flexibility Act provides the following:

  • Extends the period for PPP loans to December 31, 2020 (extended from June 30, 2020)

  • Extends the forgiveness covered period to the earlier of 24 weeks after the date of the loan (increased from eight weeks) or December 31, 2020

    • A borrower under an existing PPP loan can elect to use the eight-week period

  • Extends the rehire exemption date to December 31, 2020 (extended from June 30, 2020)

  • Adds exemptions to the forgiveness reductions due to workforce reductions if the borrower can in good faith document:

    • An inability to rehire employees and hire similarly qualified employees for unfilled positions on or before December 31, 2020; or

    • An inability to return to the same level of business activity as such business was operating on February 15, 2020 due to compliance with governmental restrictions imposed March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020

  • Requires at least 60 percent of the forgiveness amount to be attributable to payroll costs (decreased from 75 percent) and allows up to 40 percent to be attributable to non-payroll costs (increased from 25 percent)

  • Extends the deferral period for payments of principal, interest and fees to the date on which the forgiveness amount is remitted to the lender

    • A borrower must apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the forgiveness covered period or the deferral period will end

For new PPP loans, the PPP Flexibility Act provides for a minimum maturity of a PPP of five years.

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Mary Kay Shaver, public/private Corporate finance attorney, Varnum
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Mary Kay has a diverse practice focusing on public finance, corporate finance and creditors' rights issues. In the area of municipal finance, she advises clients on tax-exempt financing issues, establishing special taxing districts, election procedures and "blue sky" law issues, and acts as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, bank's counsel and issuer's counsel in various tax-exempt and taxable bond transactions. These financings include general obligation (limited and unlimited tax) bonds, revenue bonds, capital improvement bonds, special assessment bonds, tax...

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