SBA Interim Rule - FAQ For Lenders

April 5, 2020

Are Lenders protected in relying on self certifications by borrowers?

Yes, provided that a lender complies with the provisions of the rule, it will be held harmless for borrowers’ failure to comply with program criteria.

What is the interest rate on a PPP loan?

The rate on all PPP loans will be 1.00 percent

What is the maturity date on a PPP loan? 

Each loan will mature in 2 years. 

Can we use e-signature?


How will funding be made available and allocated? 

SBA guarantees up to $349B will be on a first come first served basis. 

What forms do I need and how do I submit an application? 

Each applicant will submit SBA Form 2483 (Paycheck Protection Program Application Form), and the following payroll documentation: 

  • For employers, this includes “payroll processor records, payroll tax filings”
  • For independent contractors, this includes Form 1099-MISC

Lenders shall submit SBA Form 2484 (Paycheck Protection Program Lender’s Application for 7(a) Loan Guaranty) with each loan application 

NOTE:  The borrower loan application has changed since the one issued on April 1.  

Lenders should ensure that their borrower has completed the correct form.

All forms are submitted electronically. 

Which lenders may participate? 

All existing SBA 7(a) lenders are eligible and automatically approved.

 Other eligible institutions:

  • Federally insured depository institutions 
  • Federally insured credit unions
  • Any farm credit system institution
  • Any other depository or non-depository financing provider that originates, maintains and services business loans or other commercial financial receivables,  has a formalized compliance program and applies BSA requirements, has been in operation since February 15, and has originated more than $50 M in loans during any consecutive 12 months in the past 3 years.

ALL eligible institutions described above are automatically qualified under delegated authority upon transmission of SBA Form 3506.

The following institutions are not eligible to participate: 

  • Any institution currently designated in trouble condition by its primary federal regulator (PFR); 
  • Any institution that is subject to a formal enforcement action by its PFR “that addresses unsafe and unsound lending practices.”

What underwriting requirements are imposed on lenders?

Each lender shall:

  • Confirm receipt of borrower certifications contained in the PPP application
  • Confirm receipt of information demonstrating that a borrower had employees for whom the borrower paid salaries and payroll taxes on or around February 15, 2020 -  this should include payroll processor records, payroll tax filings and Form 1099 (as applicable)
  • Confirm the dollar amount of average monthly payroll costs for the “preceding calendar year” by reviewing the payroll documentation submitted with the borrower’s application; and 
  • Follow applicable BSA requirements -  PPP loans for existing customers will not require reverification under applicable BSA requirements, UNLESS otherwise indicated under the bank’s risk-based approach to BSA compliance.

Each lender's underwriting obligation under the PPP is limited to the items listed above and “reviewing” the PPP application. 

The rule also expressly provides that lenders are permitted to rely on certifications of the borrower in order to determine eligibility of the borrower and the use of loan proceeds.

 Can lenders rely on borrower documentation for loan forgiveness?

YES.  The lender does not need to conduct any verification if the borrower submits documentation supporting its request for forgiveness and attests that it has accurately verified the payments for eligible costs. 

Robert T. Smith heads the Finance and Commercial Transactions Practice Group.His diverse corporate practice focuses on representing companies and financial institutions in general business, transactional, securities and regulatory matters. 

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