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The Honorable George Nichols III, an accomplished insurance executive & regulator and president of The American College, joined us for a town hall webinar and shared his views on how insurance—life insurance in particular—can be part of a sustainable solution to economic imbalance. Learn more HERE.
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP)
To Our Members:
A critical and popular lifeline to help small businesses and their employees survive the COVID-19 pandemic—the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)—expired on Saturday, August 8, and despite broad bipartisan support for extending and refining the PPP, its fate was left in doubt when negotiations over a new pandemic relief bill collapsed. Entities that already received PPP loans, however, can continue to apply for loan forgiveness if they used the funding largely to cover payroll and similar expenses.
An application/calculation form is available for PPP borrowers to use if they want their loans forgiven. In general, loan recipients have 24 weeks within which to use their PPP funds, and they have 10 months after that to apply for the maximum amount of loan forgiveness for which they qualify. Please note that proposals in Congress to extend the PPP would, among other potential changes, automatically waive all PPP loans of up to $150,000 and significantly streamline the loan forgiveness application.
Additional information regarding PPP assistance—including guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department—is available on the COVID-19 Resource Center page of this web site, in the “Insurance Industry Resources” section. Congress created the $600 billion Paycheck Protection Program in March, as part of the wide-ranging CARES Act pandemic relief bill, and later injected an additional $350 billion into the program as a result of exceptional demand.
The CARES Act also created a $60 billion Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program to provide pandemic-related assistance to nonprofits and other entities that may not qualify for PPP funding. EIDL information also is available on the COVID-19 Resource Center page.
We will keep you updated on developments.
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