Paycheck Protection Program
Administration Changes
The Biden Administration has implemented changes to the Paycheck Protection Program that go into effect today. They are as follows:

  • Instituting a 14-day period, starting today and running through March 10th, during which only businesses with fewer than 20 employees can apply for relief through the program;
  • Helping sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals receive more financial support;
  • Eliminating an exclusionary restriction that prevents small business owners with prior non-fraud felony convictions from obtaining relief through the Paycheck Protection Program;
  • Eliminating an exclusionary restriction that prevents small business owners who are delinquent on their federal student loans from obtaining relief through the Paycheck Protection Program;
  • Ensuring access for non-citizen small business owners who are lawful U.S. residents by clarifying that they may use Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) to apply for relief;
  • Addressing waste, fraud, and abuse across all federal programs. Unlike the previous round of the PPP, loan guaranty approval is now contingent on passing SBA fraud checks, Treasury's Do Not Pay database, and public records;
  • Promoting transparency and accountability by improving the PPP loan application;
  • Improving the Emergency Relief Digital Front Door;
  • Continuing to conduct extensive stakeholder outreach to learn more about challenges and opportunities in the implementation of current emergency relief programs;
  • Enhancing the current lender engagement model.

Click here to learn more about the program, find a lender, or access an application.
The Paycheck Protection Program expires on March 31, 2021.
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