2020 SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) FAQs

Regardless of where you are in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application process, we have answers to some of the frequently asked questions that we’ve been hearing from business owners.

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Village Bank is no longer accepting applications as of June 24th, 2020.



The SBA is no longer processing Paycheck Protection Program loan applications as of August 8, 2020.

Q: What can I use the PPP loan for?
A: You should use the proceeds from this loan on your:
1. Payroll costs, including:
a. Salary, wages, commissions, or tips (capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee);
b. Employee benefits including costs for vacation, parental, family, medical, or sick leave; an allowance for separation or dismissal; payments required for the provisions of group health care benefits including insurance premiums; and payment of any retirement benefit;
c. State and local taxes assessed on compensation; and
d. For a sole proprietor or independent contractor: wages, commissions, income, or net earnings from self-employment, capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee
2. Interest on mortgage obligations, incurred before February 15, 2020;
3. Rent, under lease agreements in force before February 15, 2020; and
4. Utilities, for which service began before February 15, 2020.



If you’ve been approved for PPP loan funding, here are answers to questions about funding and loan forgiveness:

Q: Can my PPP loan be forgiven?

A: You should review carefully the required certification that “current economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.” You must make this certification in good faith, taking into account your current business activity and ability to access other sources of liquidity sufficient to support your ongoing operations in a manner that is not significantly detrimental to the business. Companies should be prepared to demonstrate to the SBA, upon request, the basis for its certification.

The loan will be eligible to apply for forgiveness if the funds are used during the period after loan disbursement for payroll costs, interest (not principal) on mortgages, rent, and utilities that were in existence prior to February 15, 2020. At least 60% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll.

Q: How do I apply for loan forgiveness?
A: See Stage 4 for more details and links to the application.
The application for forgiveness must include documentation of the loan proceeds being used for the purposes included in the calculation of the amount eligible for forgiveness, including state and federal payroll tax reports, unemployment insurance filings, lease agreements, mortgage statements, utility statements, receipts, bank transcripts, canceled checks or other evidence showing how funds were used. Lenders must make a determination on the application within 60 days of your application.

Q: How could the forgiveness amount be reduced?
A: The full forgiveness will be granted to businesses that retain their employees and the compensation paid to those employees. Loan forgiveness amounts will be reduced if the employer has on average fewer employees during the period after receiving the loan than during the time periods of either February 15, 2019, to June 30, 2019, or January 1, 2020, to February 29, 2020, (as chosen by the employer), or if the employer reduces the pay of any employee by more than 25% compared to the last calendar quarter. To encourage employers to rehire workers laid off due to the COVID-19 crisis, the PPP provides that if a business rehires previously laid-off workers or eliminates any reductions in salaries prior to June 30, 2020, it will not be penalized for having a reduced payroll at the time of the loan.

Q: What happens to loan amounts that are not forgiven?
A: Any portion of the loan that is not forgiven will have a 2-year term with deferred P&I for the first 6 months, amortizing over the remaining 18 months at 1%.

Any loans made after June 5, 2020 will have a term of 5-years, versus 2-years per the legislation update passed by the President on June 5th.


Your loan period has ended and you're applying for PPP loan forgiveness. Here are helpful answers to questions you have as you're completing the forgiveness application:

Q: When can I apply for loan forgiveness?

A: You can apply for loan forgiveness beginning 8 weeks after your loan funding date, or once your funds have been fully utilized. Loan proceeds must be used before the end of the 24 week period.

Village Bank is now processing forgiveness applications. We will send borrowers an email to notify you when we are ready for you to submit your application as we have a number of loan forgiveness apps to process.


Q: Where can I find the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application?

A: On January 19th, 2021 the SBA released a revised loan forgiveness applications.
PPP -- IFR -- Loan Forgiveness Requirements and Loan Review Procedures as Amended by Economic Aid Act (1.19.2021)

For loans less than or equal to $150,000: 

The SBA has a simpler forgiveness application for PPP borrowers with loans less than or equal to $150,000. Follow the link for the application and instructions. We are now accepting these applications if you are ready to apply for forgiveness.


For loans greater than $150,000:

• SBA has an EZ version of the loan forgiveness application and instructions that applies to borrowers that:

- Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
- Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
- Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.

• If the three bullets above do not apply to your business but your loan was greater than $150,000, please use the full application and instructions.


Upon completion, please click here to send your files securely.

We encourage you to reach out to your CPA, payroll processor, or financial advisor to determine which application to use and ensure accurate completion of the application and documentation.


This form is PPP Borrower’s Disclosure of Certain Controlling Interests.


Q: How long will it take to process my application?

A: Once a final, fully completed application has been submitted to Village Bank, the loan forgiveness review timeline is as follows:

- Village Bank will have up to 60-days to review and submit Loan Forgiveness Applications to the SBA
- Upon receipt of a Loan Forgiveness application, the SBA will have up to 90-days to review/approve Loan Forgiveness applications.


Q: What changed with the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020?

A: The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 includes, but is not limited to the following provisions that apply to new and existing loans except for the maturity minimum:

  • Extending the loan maturity minimum to 5 years for new loans going forward;
  • Changing the breakdown of payroll to non-payroll expenses from 75%-25% to 60%-40%. 60% minimum to be used on payroll costs and 40% can be used on non-payroll items including mortgage interest, rent, and utilities;
  • Extend the origination period of PPP loans from June 30, 2020, to December 31, 2020;
  • Extend the 8-week covered period to 24 weeks. Borrowers can choose to use the original 8-week covered period for forgiveness or the new 24-week covered period;
  • Extend the deferral period for payments to 10 months after the end of the 24-week covered period;
  • Allow borrowers with forgiven loans to defer payroll taxes;
  • Expand the safe harbor for rehiring employees by allowing that the forgiveness will not be affected by a reduction in employees if the borrower is able to document an inability to rehire individuals, to hire similarly qualified employees, or to return to the same level of business activity as it was operating at before February 15, 2020


Q: Where do I find my SBA PPP Loan Number/Lender PPP Loan Number?

A: For clarification, your SBA PPP Loan Number and Lender PPP Loan Number are the same number and can be found on your Promissory Note under "Loan No" as shown here: 

PPP loan snip forgiveness

Q: Where do I find my PPP Loan Amount?

A: Your PPP Loan Amount is the disbursed principal amount of the PPP loan (the total loan amount you received from Village Bank) and can be found on your Promissory Note under "Principal" as shown here:

PPP Loan Amt Smpl

Q: Where do I find my PPP Loan Disbursement/Funding Date?

A: Your PPP Loan Disbursement/Funding Date is the date that you received the PPP loan proceeds in your account from the Village Bank. If loan proceeds were received on more than one date, enter the first date on which you received PPP loan proceeds. To find your Loan Disbursement Date, check your Business Online Banking account or e-statements (mailed statement if applicable) for the date that funds were deposited into your account. An example from an e-statement is shown here: 

PPP Loan Stmt Sample

Q: Where do I send the completed application and supporting documentation?

A: Once you are notified that Village Bank is accepting applications, your completed application and supporting documents can be uploaded to this secure file link.



To ensure accurate completion of the PPP Forgiveness Application, work with your CPA, payroll processor, or financial advisor on the specifics of PPP.

Please note: this guidance may change or be updated due to additional analysis or further guidance from the SBA. For complete guidance on the SBA PPP Loan Program visit sba.gov or treasury.gov. Please check back on this page for updated information.


Contact our SBA Team

For more information about SBA resources, please visit Village Bank’s SBA Financing page.






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