The International Franchise Association (IFA) has received answers to additional questions submitted in regards to the Paycheck Protection Program.
SBALedners.com has released an analysis of the Paycheck Protection Program. Among their findings:
Businesses with over 200 employees were over 4 times more likely to have their loan processed and approved than small companies with 15 or fewer employees.
Not only did banks prioritize their customers over non-customers, they also put their bigger customers ahead of their smaller ones.
Rural states (e.g., Nebraska, North Dakota, and Kansas) had a much higher PPP coverage ratios than urban states (e.g., New York, California, and New Jersey).
The SBA has announced that it is unable to accept new applications for the paycheck Protection Program (PPP) because available appropriations have hit the $349 Billion limit. However, those who have applied and are working through your process/documentation requirements PLEASE stay focused on finishing and securing your loan.
The important question to ask your bank or SBA approved lender is to confirm that your application was entered into the SBA’s ETRAN system. If you are in the system, your application is already counted within the available appropriations and you simply need to finish the process including signing loan documents.
The Department of Treasury has updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) related to the PPP, addressing many of the questions that have been raised during the webinars conducted around the country.
The SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PP) is now available. Here are three important links:
DLA Piper has released 10 practical tips you may wish to consider for dealing with your customers and vendors as a result of the current business climate.
Here are four Lessons learned from preparing and submitting PPP this weekend:
1.) Have your 2019 IRS 941’s at hand to send/upload, as almost all banks are requiring it,
2.) Don’t get frustrated, and please keep at it! Some bank portals are struggling to keep up with volume and even banks (Wells Fargo) have reached their limits. Between Wells Fargo and BOA as of this morning, almost $50B (14% of the original $350B) is already in process – so please make time.
3.) Even if you don’t have everything ready/perfect, get the base application submitted as almost all banks will have some back and forth / next steps,
4.) Understand the banks don’t have all the answers, they are learning real-time like us. They are however focused on helping, because we (the “Borrowers”) are effectively acknowledging to hold harmless your bank from any accountability on your submission and/or your PPP calculations. They are just “processing” and supporting the SBA processes in line with federal guidelines.
The Government of Canada continues to take action to help Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more about the latest measures at Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.
The Government of Canada is taking strong, immediate and effective action to protect Canadians and the economy from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. No Canadian should have to choose between protecting their health, putting food on the table, paying for their medication or caring for a family member.
To support workers and help businesses keep their employees, the government has proposed legislation to establish the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB would be a simpler and more accessible combination of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit.
The CERB would cover Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures. The CERB would apply to wage earners, as well as contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).
Additionally, workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19, would also qualify for the CERB. This would help businesses keep their employees as they navigate these difficult times, while ensuring they preserve the ability to quickly resume operations as soon as it becomes possible.
The EI system was not designed to process the unprecedented high volume of applications received in the past week. Given this situation, all Canadians who have ceased working due to COVID-19, whether they are EI-eligible or not, would be able to receive the CERB to ensure they have timely access to the income support they need.
Canadians who are already receiving EI regular and sickness benefits as of today would continue to receive their benefits and should not apply to the CERB. If their EI benefits end before October 3, 2020, they could apply for the CERB once their EI benefits cease, if they are unable to return to work due to COVID-19. Canadians who have already applied for EI and whose application has not yet been processed would not need to reapply. Canadians who are eligible for EI regular and sickness benefits would still be able to access their normal EI benefits, if still unemployed, after the 16-week period covered by the CERB.
The government is working to get money into the pockets of Canadians as quickly as possible. The portal for accessing the CERB would be available in early April. EI eligible Canadians who have lost their job can continue to apply for EI here, as can Canadians applying for other EI benefits. Canadians would begin to receive their CERB payments within 10 days of application. The CERB would be paid every four weeks and be available from March 15, 2020 until October 3, 2020.
This benefit would be one part of the government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, to support Canadian workers and businesses and help stabilize the economy by helping Canadians pay for essentials like housing and groceries, and helping businesses pay their employees and bills during this unprecedented time of global uncertainty.
For franchisees who are Bank of America customers or considering processing your PPP application through BOA, this has been communicated:
1. You must have a pre-existing business lending and business deposit relationship with Bank of America, as of February 15, 2020. A Bank of America Business, corporate or commercial credit Credit Card, line of credit or loan may be the lending product used.
2. At Bank of America, the federal Paycheck Protection Program will be administered online only.
3. Clients must have a Business Online Banking account. If you do not currently have a Business Online Banking account, you must sign up for one as soon as possible.
4. Apply for the federal Paycheck Protection Program at www.bankofamerica.com/SBResources beginning on Friday, April 3.
5. After completing the application process, you will receive online confirmation of the submission. Bank of America will process your application as soon as possible.
6. Bank of America will contact you with next steps and to collect any required documents. Do not proactively deliver or send documents to our Financial Centers or banking teams.
The following information provided by the Canadian government will provide you with answers to many of the most common questions related to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
When can I apply?
• The week of April 6th. The government has announced that an online portal and telephone line will be available sometime during the week of April 6th.
When will I receive my cheque?
• The first cheques should be received approximately 10 days after you apply.
And when will I stop receiving my cheques?
• You will stop receiving this cheque after four months, or sooner if you return to work.
What steps do I need to take to register or apply?
• You will need to register on a new website that will be set up the week of April 6 by the federal government. The address of this site has not yet been released.
• Even though you can’t apply until April 6th, you can set up your CRA My Account now
• Because of this, we HIGHLY recommend you register for “CRA My Account” as we are told this will streamline your application process and you can setup Direct Deposit through this.
REGISTER FOR CRA MY ACCOUNT HERE
Who qualifies and can apply for the CERB?
• You must reside in Canada
• You are 15 years of age or older at the time of application
• You have stopped or will stop working for reasons related to covid-19, or because you are unable to work due to illness, or because you lost your employment for other reasons beyond your control; and
◦ If you are submitting for your first benefit period, that you have stopped or will stop working for at least 14 consecutive days within the 4 week benefit period; or
◦ If you are filing for a subsequent benefit period, you did not receive any employment or self employment income for the period for which you previously claimed the benefit and do not expect to receive any employment or self employment income in the 4 week benefit period
• You have not quit your job voluntarily
• You are not receiving nor have you applied for the CERB from the Canada Revenue Agency nor are you receiving Employment Insurance benefits for the same benefit period
• You have earned a minimum of $5,000 in income within the last 12 months or in the 2019 calendar year from one or more of the following sources:
◦ Employment; self-employment; maternity and parental benefits under the Employment Insurance program.
How much will I get?
• The CERB is paid in blocks of four weeks in the amount of $2,000, which is equivalent to $500 per week. A maximum 16 weeks of benefits can be paid between March 15, 2020 (retroactive) and October 3, 2020.
If I have kept my employment relationship but my income has decreased because of the crisis, do I qualify?
• You must have stopped working as a result of COVID-19 and be without employment income for at least 14 consecutive days within the initial four-week period. This includes income from paid leave, self-employment income or collection of any Employment Insurance benefits. For subsequent periods, you must expect to have no employment income.
• This means that a worker who had two part-time jobs and loses one of them because of COVID-19 is not eligible.
If my spouse still has his or her salary, does that affect my claim?
• No. You’re still entitled to the $2,000 a month.
I have already applied for Employment Insurance. Am I eligible?
• Yes, but ONLY if you applied after March 15. The Canada Emergency Benefit will then replace the Employment Insurance you were supposed to receive. You do not need to apply again. Your current application will be converted into an application for CERB.
• If you applied before March 15, you will have to wait until your EI benefits have expired. You may then be eligible for CERB.
If I’m already on EI, will I get the $2,000 a month?
• Not immediately. You will have to wait until your EI benefits are due. The two amounts are not cumulative.
Is there a limit to the number of cheques per household?
• No. For example, if five people who live in the same household meet the criteria, they can all receive the $2,000 per month.
Will I be entitled to $2,000 a month even if I earned less than that amount before I lost my income?
• Yes, you will receive $2,000 per month if you earned at least $5,000 in the previous 12 months. So your monthly income may increase temporarily, but keep in mind that the program is for a maximum of 4 months.
Will I be able to call a phone number to register if I don’t have access to the Internet?
• Yes, but the federal government has not yet released the number.
Will it also be possible to apply in person?
• Federal government has not yet indicated whether this will be possible.