In a letter sent to the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has reiterated that the new PPP “Loan Necessity Questionnaires” are burdensome and do not represent Congress’ intent when it established the much-needed relief program. The SBA is currently seeking approval from OMB to collect information from certain businesses that received pandemic assistance under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
The letter (attached) provides a common-sense solution, stating, “rather than asking for data surrounding the borrower’s operations after the date of the loan application, the agencies should instead ask the borrower to provide a narrative statement with documentation…to support the basis for its good faith certification that the…PPP loan [was] necessary to support the ongoing operations of the business.”
“No one should forget that the purpose of the PPP was to keep people on payroll and tied to their companies. The vast majority of borrowers had a great need for the PPP loan they sought and used the funds in a responsible manner,” said AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA. “I continue to hear from small business owners and the CPAs that advise them that without a PPP loan, they would be out of business. In the end, a company may have had a great quarter or year, but without the assistance, it could have furloughed or terminated staff, causing more disruptions to its operations and our nation’s economy.”
Melancon added, “When the PPP became available, companies were fearing the worst, such as not getting paid by clients and not knowing when the economy or market for their goods and services would restart. For the SBA to look back several months later to question the reasons a company took PPP assistance is inappropriate. Borrowers had to decide whether to request the assistance at the start of the pandemic without knowing what the rest of the year would look like.”
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