Posted Apr 6, 2020
By Washington State Business & Real Estate Lawyer William O. Kessler
The government recently took action to relieve businesses affected by the coronavirus. Business owners affected by the crisis should learn about this legislation to determine whether the relief is available, accessible, and appropriate for their businesses.
Washington state requested and was granted a disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration. This action triggers some employers’ eligibility for low-interest loans for businesses through the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program, with some or all amounts eligible for forgiveness. Here is a link to the more information, including the application, which must be submitted through the employer’s bank: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp
If employers retain or quickly rehire employees, spend 75% or more of the loan proceeds on payroll, and any remainder on utilities and rent, the loan is forgiven and not considered income. The SBA is making the money available first to the Seattle area and New York, so it is imperative that eligible employers apply asap.
In addition to the PPP, the SBA is taking other action to help small businesses deal with coronavirus relief. Here is additional information: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options
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