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What To Expect When Acquiring A SBA Offer In Compromise

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What To Expect When Acquiring A SBA Offer In Compromise

Small business owners acquire commercial loans to start their companies. These opportunities allow them to gain financing to purchase a location and merchandise needed to operate the business. When the owner can no longer manage this financial obligation, they need an SBA Offer in Compromise to avoid the negative impact of a default.

How Does an SBA Offer in Compromise Work?

Essentially, an SBA offer in compromise is a settlement offer. The small business owner submits an application with their lender to acquire approval. The lender evaluates the financial circumstances of the business owner and identifies a value that is fair and reasonable. This value is based on a percentage of the total value owed to the lender. Upon acceptance of this value, the business owner submits the payment as specified.

What Conditions Warrant a Settlement Offer?

An SBA loan default is the primary reason for seeking an offer in compromise. Once the loan is in default, the lender has the legal right to file a claim against the identified collateral. The collateral could include the building, machinery, and any inventory that was financed through the loan. If the borrower doesn't take action, the lender could seize the collateral and generate a major financial loss for the borrower. An SBA loan foreclosure is included in the available legal actions.

What Could This Option Prevent?

The borrower must hire an attorney to communicate with their lender. When hiring an attorney, the borrower must provide the SBA demand letter. The attorney discusses a possible settlement offer with the lender. In most cases, the lender will accept a lower value in order to settle the debt. Once it enters default, the lender may acquire a portion of the funds through an insurance settlement. When this is the case, it gives the borrower leverage over their case.

Small business owners need commercial loans to open their companies. These financing opportunities are available to any party that has a lucrative business venture. However, the mismanagement of their finances could lead to a default. When this happens, foreclosure is an almost certainty. Small business owners who need a settlement offer or to participate in a Tax Offset Program should contact an attorney now.

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Client personally guaranteed SBA 7(a) loan for $350,000. The small business failed but because of the personal guarantee liability, the client continued to pay the monthly principal & interest out-of-pocket draining his savings. Client hired a local attorney but quickly realized that he was not familiar with SBA-backed loans or their standard operating procedures. Our firm was subsequently hired after the client received the SBA's official 60-day notice. After back-and-forth negotiations, we were able to convince the SBA to reinstate the loan, retract the acceleration of the outstanding balance, modify the original terms, and approve a structured workout reducing the interest rate from 7.75% to 0% and extending the maturity date for a longer period to make the monthly payments affordable. In conclusion, not only we were able to help the client avoid litigation and bankruptcy, but we also save him approximately $227,945 over the term of the workout.



Client personally guaranteed an SBA 7(a) loan to help with a relative’s new business venture.  After the business failed, Treasury was able to secure a recurring Treasury Offset Program (TOP) levy against our client’s monthly Social Security Benefits based on the claim that he owed over $1.2 million dollars.  We initially submitted a Cross-Servicing Dispute, but then, prepared and filed an Appeals Petition with the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (SBA OHA).  As a result of our efforts, we were able to convince the SBA to not only terminate the claimed debt of $1.2 million dollars against our client (without him having to file bankruptcy), but also refund the past recurring amounts that were offset from his Social Security Benefits in connection with the TOP levy.



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.

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