7(a) Program Changes for Acquisition Loans
The stimulus bill will fundamentally change the 7(a) loan program to start 2021 with the SBA increasing their loan guarantee to lenders from 75% to 90% and waiving guarantee fees to all borrowers until September 30, 2021.
The SBA will again pay principal and interest payments on behalf of borrowers with 7(a) loans. Borrowers who have already received six months of payments will receive an additional three months, with those in certain industries like restaurants, retail stores, and salons receiving an additional five months for a total of eight months. Loans approved (not closed) between February 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021 will also receive six months of payments. Limitations were added, capping payments by the SBA at $9,000 per payment. Borrowers with monthly payments over $9,000 will have to cover the difference.
Paycheck Protection Program Round 2
The Paycheck Protection Program has received an additional $284 billion and certain businesses are eligible for a second loan. Loan amounts are still 2.5x monthly payroll costs, but this time capped at $2 million. Generally, eligibility for a second loan requires that the business must have experienced a 25% or more drop in revenue in Q1, Q2, or Q3 of 2020 over the same period in 2019. Another change in the Program was clarification that all P.P.P. loans are not taxable and not considered as income.
Title III – Continuing the Paycheck Protection Program and Other Small Business Support (Page 2042)
Sec. 325 – Extension of the Debt Relief Program (Page 2153)
Sec. 326 – Modifications to 7(a) Loan Programs (Page 2164)
Sec. 327 – Temporary Fee Reductions (Page 2167)