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The Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL) presented the 2020 President’s Award, posthumously, to Morris Laing attorney, Kathleen Ambrosio. The President’s Award is not given out every year, but recognizes lifetime achievement and extraordinary accomplishments. Our firm joins the KACDL in honoring Kathleen and recognizing her lifetime of devotion to the criminal defense bar. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL) presented the 2020 President’s Award, posthumously, to Morris Laing attorney, Kathleen Ambrosio.  The President’s Award is not given out every year, but recognizes lifetime achievement and extraordinary accomplishments.  Our firm joins the KACDL in honoring Kathleen and recognizing her lifetime of devotion to the criminal defense bar.

Yesterday, Congress passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, which is expected to be signed into law right away. The Act makes several important changes to the PPP, designed to make complete forgiveness easier for borrowers to attain. Of note are the following:

• The Covered Period for forgiveness is extended from 8 weeks to 24 weeks. This is not mandatory; borrowers who received PPP loans before the Act’s enactment can opt to retain the 8-week Covered Period.

• There is an added exemption for a reduction in full-time equivalent employees after February 15, 2020 for borrowers who, in good faith:

° Are able to document:
- An inability to rehire individuals who were employees of the eligible recipient on February 15, 2020; and
- An inability to hire similarly qualified employees for unfilled positions on or before December 31, 2020; or

° Are able to document an inability to return to the same level of business activity as such business was operating at before February 15, 2020, due to compliance with requirements or guidance from HHS, CDC, or OSHA.

These exemptions are in addition to the exemptions from reduction previously proffered through SBA guidance.

• The 75/25 payroll/nonpayroll forgiveness split is reduced to 60/40. Although this is certainly a welcome change, the Act also changes this rule to a cliff, rather than a sliding scale. This means you 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐭 use at least 60 percent of the PPP funds on payroll to receive 𝐚𝐧𝐲 loan forgiveness. This shouldn’t be an issue for most borrowers, but as the rule is now tied to forgiveness eligibility in general, it is essential to double check your payroll/nonpayroll splits.

• Deferment of loan payments is changed from 6 months to the date the SBA remits its forgiveness determination to the lender.

• Borrowers have 10 months from the last day of their Covered Period to submit their forgiveness application to the lender; otherwise, payments on the loan must begin. Although you have 10 months to apply, we strongly recommend submitting your application to your lender as soon as possible after your Covered Period ends. The entire process will likely take several months, and the sooner you apply, the easier it will be to provide complete and organized documentation.

• Borrowers are now eligible for deferment of employer-side payroll taxes attributable to the period from March 27, 2020 through December 31, 2020, as allowed under Sec. 2302 of the CARES Act. Previously, businesses who received PPP forgiveness were ineligible for such deferment.

These changes are intended to adapt the PPP based on its real world application and to make complete forgiveness easier for borrowers to attain. If you have not yet applied for a PPP loan, there are still funds available. Although the Act included several extensions, the Senate clarified the deadline for applying for PPP funds remains 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝟑𝟎, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎.

While the Act provides much-needed flexibility for borrowers, it is important to note this flexibility almost exclusively affects procedural aspects of the process and does not affect allowable uses of loan proceeds. As such, you should still take care to make sure costs you categorize as “payroll” and “nonpayroll” still conform strictly to the definitions of the PPP. If anything, the Flexibility Act should make it easier to find expenses fitting within those categories, as you now have three times as long to use the funds on explicitly allowable uses.

As always, should you have any further questions, we are available to help.
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