Can I use an SBA loan to pay off personal debt? Read further to discover how you can and can't use your SBA loan funds.Book a Consultation Call
Like many small business owners, your business exists as an extension of yourself. It is your identity and your hard work. However, you cannot use you SBA loan to pay off your personal debt, such as credit cards, mortgage or other debts.
Pursuant to the SBA's Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), the use of 7a loan funds is limited to the following:
Paying your personal debts does not fit the bill of any of the approved categories.
Similarly, the SBA SOP contain a list of business loan proceeds restrictions:
Notice the first category would exclude payment of your personal debts. Part of the reason for this restriction consists of the tax implication. Money used to pay your personal debts should be claimed as income and therefore income taxes paid thereon. However, if you use your SBA funds to pay your personal debts, you receive income tax free. The other reason for the restriction surrounds the primary goal of the SBA program to help small businesses and create jobs. Using loan funds for you personal debts accomplishes neither of those goals.
The ramifications will cause a great deal of potential legal and financial problems. The loan could be declared in default and called immediately. You could face legal issues for fraud as well as tax issues with the IRS for failing to report income. The business loan is for the business and you should always keep that in mind.
If you are facing an SBA loan default, contact our offices today to speak with an experienced SBA attorney. Call toll free 833-428-0937 or submit your information on our website.
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Clients personally guaranteed an SBA 7(a) loan that was referred to the Department of Treasury for collection. Treasury claimed our clients owed over $220,000 once it added its statutory collection fees and interest. We were able to negotiate a significant reduction of the total claimed amount from $220,000 to $119,000, saving the clients over $100,000 by arguing for a waiver of the statutory 28%-30% administrative fees and costs.
Client personally guaranteed SBA 7(a) loan for $150,000. COVID-19 caused the business to fail, and the loan went into default with a balance of $133,000. Client initially hired a non-attorney consultant to negotiate an OIC. The SBA summarily rejected the ineligible OIC and the debt was referred to Treasury’sBureau of Fiscal Service for enforced collection in the debt amount of $195,000. We were hired to intervene and initiated discovery for SBA and Fiscal Service records. We were able to recall the case from Fiscal Service back to the SBA. We then negotiated a structured workout with favorable terms that saves the client approximately $198,000 over the agreed-upon workout term by waiving contractual and statutory administrative fees, collection costs, penalties, and interest.
Clients personally guaranteed SBA 7(a) loan balance of over $300,000. Clients also pledged their home as additional collateral. SBA OIC accepted for $87,000 with full release of lien against home.