The original CARES Act required all applicants to certify in good faith that “[c]urrent economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.” Through several public announcements and a FAQ that appeared on the US Department of Treasury web site, significant confusion developed regarding the satisfaction of this requirement and possible enforcement of this requirement by the SBA and Treasury. Finally, in mid-May, a new FAQ #46 was released that provides additional clarity.
For any company that borrows less than $2 million under the program, the FAQ provides the following safe harbor: “Any borrower that, together with its affiliates, received PPP loans with an original principal amount of less than $2 million will be deemed to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith.”
For any company that borrows $2 million or more, the following guidance applies: “SBA has previously stated that all PPP loans in excess of $2 million, and other PPP loans as appropriate, will be subject to review by SBA for compliance with program requirements set forth in the PPP Interim Final Rules and in the Borrower Application Form. If SBA determines in the course of its review that a borrower lacked an adequate basis for the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request, SBA will seek repayment of the outstanding PPP loan balance and will inform the lender that the borrower is not eligible for loan forgiveness. If the borrower repays the loan after receiving notification from SBA, SBA will not pursue administrative enforcement or referrals to other agencies based on its determination with respect to the certification concerning necessity of the loan request.”
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This summary contains a general, condensed summary of the most recently available version of the CARES Act and the PPPFA for information purposes. It is not meant to be and should not be construed as legal advice. Readers with particular needs on specific issues should retain the services of competent counsel.