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PPP LOAN UPDATE: Extension of Safe Harbor Repayment Date to May 18

Following up on the certification relief announced May 14 in Q&A-46, the SBA issued new Q&A-47, extending the safe harbor repayment date for a PPP loan from May 14 to May 18 for a borrower that determines that it can no longer certify that “[c]urrent economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations.”  While welcome, this extension does not add much on the certification issue, because a borrower can obtain the same protection afforded under the safe harbor (as announced in Q&A-31 and Q&A-43) by taking advantage of the certification relief announced in Q&A-46 (which allows a borrower to repay a PPP loan upon notification from the SBA in the event of a certification failure after SBA loan review).

While not entirely clear, it also appears that Q&A-47 also extended the repayment date from May 14 to May 18 under Q&A-45 for a borrower wanting to repay a PPP loan and instead take advantage of the employee retention tax credit. 

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