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CARES Act, the Paycheck Protection Plan and You.

What is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)?

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

President Trump signed into law the CARES Act as part of a $2.2 trillion aid package to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.  In it, Congress approved the Paycheck Protection Program—a $349 billion plan to provide payroll assistance for the nation’s nearly 30 million small business and select nonprofits in the form of 100% guaranteed loans from the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA).

Eligible borrowers may receive loans up to 2.5 times their average monthly payroll expenses for the prior year.  Loans will be issued between April 3, 2020 and June 30, 2020.

They contain a forgiveness process, allowing up to eight weeks of covered expenses, including both principal and interest, to be forgiven for the borrower with no tax consequences (i.e.- forgiveness of indebtedness income is waived).

Any remaining balance after the loan forgiveness period has a 100% guarantee while you make payments.

Funds can be used for:

  • Payroll costs
  • Mortgage Interest Obligations
  • Rent Obligations
  • Utilities
  • Any other interest payment on debt obligations accrued before February 15, 2020.

Small Business Eligibility

Borrowers are eligible if you have:

  • 500 or fewer employees or meet SBA size standards
    And are:
  • A for profit small business
  • A 501(c)(3) nonprofit
  • A 501(c)(19) veterans’ organization,
  • A Church or Religious Nonprofit, or
  • Tribal concerns under section 31(b)(2)(C)

This includes sole proprietorships, independent contractors and eligible self-employed individuals. Other restrictions apply.

Loan Terms

Loans are on a first-come, first-served basis until June 30, 2020, or until the Program runs out of funds. You are only allowed one PPP loan.

Loans are capped at the lesser of 2.5 times the borrower’s average monthly payroll costs or $10 million and are 100% guaranteed by the SBA

Loans will carry a 1% interest rate with a two-year loan term, and loan payments may be deferred for up to 6 months.

SBA requires 75% of loan to be used for payroll costs, while 25% can be used for other expenses.

Payroll Costs Include:

  • Salary
  • Paid Leave
  • Medical
  • Healthcare

Salaries for employees making more than $100,000 is capped for the calculation of loan size.

Application Process

You must submit the following to Mechanics Bank:

IRS form 940 and/or 941 for Calendar year 2019

OR IRS form 940 and/or 941 for Apr – Dec 2019 and Jan – Mar 2020

And proof that the borrower paid salaries and payroll taxes in February 2020 (First quarter 941 OR internal report showing payroll expense)

  • 1099-Misc (sole income)
Obtain all 1099’s from 2019
  • Sole proprietorship (no employees)
2019 Schedule C if available

2018 Schedule C

  • Financial Statements
2019 Tax Return OR CPA Statement

OR 2018 Tax Return OR CPA Statement

OR 2019 Internal statements

Calculating Loan Amount

You are expected to calculate your maximum loan amount, which is either $10 million or an amount determined by a payroll-based formula, whichever is less. It is recommended that you consider applying for your maximum amount.

Step 1:
Aggregate payroll costs from last twelve months for employees whose principal place of residence is the United States.
Step 2: Subtract any compensation paid to employees in excess of $100,000 annual salary and/or any amounts paid to independent contractor or sole proprietor over $100,000 per year.
Step 3: Calculate average monthly payroll costs (divide the amount from Step 2 by 12 months).
Step 4: Multiply average monthly payroll costs from Step 3 by 2.5.
Step 5: Add outstanding amount of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) made between January 31, 2020 and April 3, 2020, less the amount of any EIDL COVID-19 loan advance.

Borrower PPP Loan Amount Calculator.xlsx (DOWNLOAD HERE)

No Fees, Prepayment Penalties or Personal Guarantees

Administrative fees are waived and small businesses are not required to demonstrate that credit could be obtained elsewhere. No personal guarantees are required and there is no prepayment penalty.  The SBA will guarantee 100% of the outstanding balance and no collateral is required.

Loan Forgiveness

At disbursement, you are eligible for loan forgiveness on up to 8-weeks of covered expenses!

You must apply to Mechanics Bank by submitting all the relevant paperwork, after which we will approve or deny the application after 60 days. Information can be dropped off at any of our office locations, or you can contact our Answer Center at 419.524.0831 to make arrangements with a member of our commercial team.

This is not a commitment to lend.  Program is open and offered by Mechanics Bank for official Program duration but may be cancelled at any time. Contact 419.524.0831 for additional information and terms and conditions.

Mechanics Bank does not discriminate on a prohibited basis, including on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age or because you receive public assistance.