FAILED SMALL BUSINESSES & LIABILITY FOR SBA PPP LOANS
While the U.S. transitions from summer to fall in the wake of the Presidential Election on November 3, 2020 against the backdrop of surging COVID-19 cases, it is very possible that a good chunk of small businesses will eventually close their doors despite having received federal stimulus help through SBA PPP loans or SBA EIDL loans.
When confronted with the prospect of having to shut down their small business, what can small business owners expect if the federal government comes knocking for repayment of any PPP loan funds that have not been forgiven in accordance with the SBA CARES Act?
Small Business Statistics
According to public statistics, 172,786 jobs were saved as a direct result of the SBA PPP loan program. However, some small businesses still had to close their doors permanently.
According to public sources, approximately 140,000 small businesses remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and 41% have shuttered permanently.
Public resources state that among those with the highest rate of permanent closures are shopping and retail (9,682 businesses), restaurants (12,709 businesses), beauty (3,683 businesses) and fitness (1,453 businesses).
As a result of the alarming number of permanent closures, many folks are wondering what happens when a small business PPP recipient closes permanently.
SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness
Despite the need for more guidance from the federal government, we know that if SBA PPP Loan recipients spent all of the money within eight weeks (or twenty-four weeks for those who received an extension after the PPP Flexibility Act was adopted) and they used at least 60% on payroll, then arguably their SBA PPP loan should be completely forgiven.
Unused SBA PPP Loan Funds
However, if small business recipients have unused SBA PPP Loan fund which they cannot pay off, they may need to consider the following options: (1) Submit a formal offer in compromise of the outstanding SBA PPP Loan or (2) File for federal bankruptcy protection.
According to Sharon King, the Boulder Small Business Development Center executive director, "Most or all of the loan is likely to be discharged as part of the process as long as the borrower has acted in good faith." However, it is still unclear on what would happen in this situation.
Misuse of SBA PPP Loan Funds
If the small business misused its SBA PPP Loan funds and then closed permanently, the SBA and Treasury have indicated their intent to follow the money by launching investigation measures and pursuing small businesses and the respective owners through various administrative and litigation tactics.
The SBA intends to provide additional guidance on PPP loan forgiveness. Once more guidance is issued, the industry should have a better idea of how the SBA PPP loans to permanently closed businesses will be managed.
If your Small Business is heading for closure despite receiving SBA PPP and/or SBA EIDL loans, you should seek advice of counsel to assist you with a potential resolution of your SBA loan problems.
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