Paycheck Protection Program Round 2
Supporting Small Business When It Matters Most

    USC Credit Union is currently accepting applications for the US Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through May 31, 2021. Whether you are a first-time applicant or a borrower seeking a second draw loan, we understand the urgency and challenges of PPP funding for your small business and we are working hard to facilitate this relief.

    Start by submitting an application via the SMARTLENDERS Portal. Once your application is received, we’ll contact you about opening your USCCU Business Account, which is required for your loan to fund. Check your USCCU membership eligibility here. Be sure to use the same Tax ID # and the same legal name that you file your taxes with on both the loan application and business account application.

    For more information on PPP Loans, fill out the form below.


    For questions about the Paycheck Protection Program, view our Frequently Asked Questions below, or email us at PPPloans@usccreditunion.org.

    Frequently Asked Questions: Paycheck Protection Program

    What is the Paycheck Protection Program Round 2?

    On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (Act) was signed into law to provide financial relief to small businesses suffering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Act amends the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that was established earlier this year under the CARES Act. As before, the PPP loans will be low-interest, forgivable loans for specified purposes, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on the payroll during the pandemic.

    Who is eligible to apply?

    Second draw PPP loan

    Borrowers applying for a second draw PPP loan, including nonprofits, veterans’ organizations, Tribal business concerns, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors, must:

    1. 1. have 300 or fewer employees (or 300 or fewer employees per physical location for certain news organizations and for businesses assigned NAICS code 72 (hotels and restaurants);
    2. 2. have used the full amount of their first PPP loan before receiving additional PPP funds;
    3. 3. have used the full amount of their first PPP loan on eligible expenses;
    4. 4. have experienced at least a 25 percent reduction in gross receipts between corresponding quarters in 2019 and 2020; and
      • a. Special rules apply to borrowers that were not in business for all or part of 2019.
    5. 5. unless a nonprofit or religious organization, not be listed under 13 C.F.R. 120.110.

    First draw PPP loan

    All borrowers applying for a PPP loan need to meet the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) certification of need requirement, attesting that “current economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.”

    Borrowers applying for their first PPP loan, including nonprofits, veterans’ organizations, Tribal business concerns, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors, must:

    1. 1. have 500 or fewer employees;
    2. 2. have been in operation on or before February 15, 2020; and
    3. 3. unless a nonprofit or religious organization, not be listed under 13 C.F.R. 120.110.

    What is the maximum loan amount I can apply for?

    Second Draw PPP Loan

    Generally, the maximum loan amount for PPP second draw borrowers is the lessor of:

    1. 1. 2.5x the borrower’s monthly payroll costs; or
    2. 2. $2,000,000.

    For second draw borrowers assigned NAICS code 72 (Accommodation and Food Services industry, which includes hotels and restaurants) the maximum loan amount is the lessor of:

    1. 1. 3.5x the borrower’s monthly payroll costs; or
    2. 2. $2,000,000.

    First Draw PPP Loan

    Generally, the maximum loan amount for first-time borrowers is the lessor of:

    1. 1. 2.5x the borrower’s monthly payroll costs; or
    2. 2. $10,000,000.

    The maximum loan amount applicable to farmers and ranchers who are sole proprietors, independent contractors, or self-employed individuals, is limited to the lessor of:

    1. 1. 2.5x the borrower’s monthly payroll costs; or
    2. 2. $2,000,000.

    How do I calculate payroll costs?

    To calculate their maximum loan amount, borrowers must calculate their payroll costs for either calendar year 2019, calendar year 2020, or the 12-month period prior to the date the loan is made (whichever the borrower chooses), and multiply that amount by 2.5. The term “payroll costs” includes:

    • the salary, wages, commissions, or similar compensation of employees whose principal residence in the United States;
    • cash tips or the equivalent;
    • payment for vacation, paternal, family, medical, or sick leave;
    • allowance for separation or dismissal;
    • payment for the provision of employee benefits consisting of group health care or group life, disability, vision, or dental insurance, including insurance premiums and retirement;
    • payment of state and local taxes assessed on compensation of employees; and
    • for independent contractors or sole proprietors, wages, commissions, income, or net earnings from self-employment, or similar compensation.

    The term “payroll costs” does not include:

    • compensation for employees whose principal place of residence is outside of the United States;
    • compensation of individual employees in excess of $100,000 on an annualized basis;
    • federal employment taxes imposed or withheld during the applicable period; and
    • qualified sick and family leave wages for which a credit is allowed under Sections 7001 and 7003 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

    How can I use my PPP Round 2 Loan Proceeds?

    Eligible Payroll Costs

    • Cash Compensation: Defined as paid or incurred gross salary, gross wages, gross tips, gross commissions, paid leave (vacation, family, medical or sick leave, but not including Families First Coronavirus Response Act leave), and allowances for dismissal or separation. Includes pay to furloughed employees and extra “hazardous” pay. Does not apply to compensation above $100,000.
    • Health Care Benefits: These are payments by a borrower for employee health insurance, including employer contributions to a self-insured, employer sponsored group health plan, but excluding any pre-tax or after-tax contributions by employees. This includes group insurance payments made on group life, disability, vision and dental insurance.
    • Retirement Benefits: Including the total amount paid by a borrower for employer contributions to employee retirement plans but excluding any pre-tax or after-tax contributions by employees.
    • Payroll Taxes: State and local payroll taxes include the total amount paid by a borrower for employer state and local taxes assessed on employee compensation (e.g., state unemployment insurance tax), but not including any taxes withheld from employee earnings.
    • Covered Supplier Cost Expenditures: Expenditures made (a) to a supplier of goods for goods that are essential to the borrower’s operations at the time the expenditure is made and (b) pursuant to a contract, order or purchase order in effect at any time before the PPP loan is disbursed, provided that for perishable goods such expenditure need not be tied to a contract or purchase order that existed prior to the PPP loan.
    • Covered Worker Protection Expenditure: Certain operating or capital expenditures required to meet worker or customer safety requirements or guidance related to COVID-19 issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or any equivalent state or local requirements implemented between March 1, 2020 and the date the COVID-19 national emergency is lifted, for example, the purchase or renovation of drive-through windows, ventilation or filtration systems, or the expansion of physical space. Expenditures on real estate and other intangible property are not covered under this category.
    • Covered Operations Expenditure: Expenditures for any business software or cloud computing service that facilitates business operations, product or service delivery, the processing, payment, or tracking of payroll expenses, human resources, sales and billing functions, or accounting or tracking of supplies, inventory, records, and expenses.
    • Covered Property Damage Cost: Expenditures related to property damage and vandalism or looting due to public disturbances that occurred during 2020 that were not covered by insurance or other compensation.

    Eligible Non-Payroll Costs

    • Rent: Includes amounts due on equipment leases and other leases of personal property. Rent paid to a related real estate entity owned by the borrower is only forgivable to the extent it corresponds to a mortgage or lease paid to a third party by the related real estate entity. Applies only to a leasing agreement in force before February 15, 2020.
    • Utilities: Payments for the distribution of electricity, gas, water, transportation, telephone, and internet access. Forgivable transportation costs are limited to transportation utility fees assessed by state or local government. Applies only to utilities for which service began before February 15, 2020.
    • Interest: Excludes any pre-paid interest. Payments of interest on business mortgages on real or personal property (such as an auto loan) are eligible for loan forgiveness. Interest on unsecured credit is not eligible for loan forgiveness because the loan is not secured by real or personal property. Payments made on recently renewed leases or interest payments on refinanced mortgage loans are eligible for loan forgiveness if the original lease or mortgage existed prior to February 15, 2020. Applies only to interest on mortgages on real estate or personal property originated before February 15, 2020.

    How do I receive forgiveness on my loan?

    A borrower must pick a “covered period” ending at any time between 8-weeks and 24-weeks after loan origination. Regardless of the covered period a borrower picks, each borrower must use the full amount of the PPP loan proceeds on eligible expenses during the selected covered period to be eligible for full loan forgiveness.

    How much of my loan will be forgiven?

    100 percent of the PPP loan is forgivable as long as these requirements are met:

    • 1. the loan proceeds are spent, or the qualifying costs incurred, within the covered period following funding of the loan;
    • 2. the funds are used for payroll costs and the other forgivable loan uses; and
    • 3. at least 60 percent of the loan amount has been used for payroll costs such as maintaining staffing and pay levels.

    While borrowers are still required to spend at least 60 percent of their PPP loan proceeds on eligible payroll costs to be eligible for full forgiveness, the recent update expands the permissible use of PPP loan proceeds to include the following:

    • 1. payroll costs (except some qualified wages under the CARES Act and Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Relief Act of 2020);
    • 2. interest payments on covered mortgage obligations;
    • 3. covered rent and utility payments;
    • 4. covered operations expenditures;
    • 5. covered property damage costs;
    • 6. covered supplier costs; and
    • 7. covered worker protection expenditures.

    The forgiven portion of a PPP loan can be excluded from gross income. Borrowers have 10 months from the end of their covered period to apply for forgiveness before they would need to start paying back any portion of their loan. Lenders have 60 days to decide on loan forgiveness.

    What is the simplified forgiveness process for loans under $150,000?

    The Act provides for a simplified loan forgiveness process for PPP loans of up to $150,000. Specifically, applicable borrowers will be eligible for loan forgiveness if the borrower signs and submits a one-page certification to the lender (a) describing the number of employees the borrower was able to retain because of the PPP loan, the estimated amount spent on eligible payroll costs and total PPP loan value and (b) attesting that it accurately provided the required certification and complied with applicable PPP requirements. The form of the above described certification is expected to be available by January 20, 2021.

    What are the time constraints to apply?

    Initially only community financial institutions will be able to make Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Borrowers have until March 31, 2021, to apply for a PPP loan.

    What is the Allowable & Forgivable Use of Proceeds?

    • Expanded allowable uses of PPP loans (initial loans and 2nddraws):
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      • Operational expenses for software (installed or cloud)
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      • Property damage from looting and vandalism
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      • Supplier costs of goods
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      • Worker protection from COVID expenses such as drive thru windows, barriers, PPE, etc.

    • Above are all forgivable up to 40% of PPP loan amounts
    • 60% of PPP loan amounts must still be used on payroll
    What is the term for a PPP Loan?

    The term for a PPP loan is 60 months.

    Does my first draw PPP must be paid off?

    No, but prior PPP loan funds must be fully utilized.

    Revenue Reduction Period
    Business Periods in 2019 2020 Quarter 2019 Reference Quarter
    All quarters in 2019 Any quarter; Annually Matching quarter in 2020; Annually
    2nd, 3rd, and 4th Quarters Any quarter; Annually Matching quarter in 2020; Annually
    3rd and 4th Quarters Any quarter 3rd or 4th Quarters
    4th Quarter Any quarter 4th Quarter
    Not in business in 2019 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Quarter 1st Quarter of 2020
    Alternative Annual Gross Receipt Options

    Borrowers may compare annual gross receipts in 2020 with annual gross receipts in 2019

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    • Enter “Annual” in the 2020 Quarter and Reference Quarter fields
    • Submit copies of annual tax forms substantiating the annual gross receipts reduction.

    Which borrowers are eligible for re-application for an Initial Loan in 2021?

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    • Borrowers that repaid a First Draw Loan in full:
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      • Received a First Draw Loan in 2020
      • ­Lender reported to SBA before 12/27/20 that Borrower fully repaid the loan (i.e., 1502 Report)
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      • SBA has not remitted a forgiveness payment on that loan

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    • Borrower may reapply for a new First Draw Loan (subject to current rules)
    • Covers Borrower that can now use the loan proceeds due to expanded allowable uses and/or length of covered period
    • Loan must be reported to SBA as “cancelled”; if reported as “paid in full” lender must change to cancel

    Which other borrowers are eligible for a Loan Increase?

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    • Borrowers that returned or repaid part of a First Draw Loan:
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      • Received a First Draw Loan in 2020
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      • Lender reported to SBA before 12/27/20 that Borrower repaid the loan in part (i.e., 1502 Report)
      • ­SBA has not remitted a forgiveness payment on that loan
    • Borrower may request a loan increase equal to the amount retained and previously approved. Increase must be reported on first 1502 report after re-disbursement
    • Covers Borrower that can now use the loan proceeds due to expanded allowable uses and/or length of covered period
    • No processing fees paid if SBA previously paid lender processing fee based on fully disbursed amount
    • Borrowers that did not accept the full amount of a First Draw Loan:
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      • Received a First Draw Loan in 2020 but did not accept the full amount
      • ­Lender reported the loan as partially disbursed and did process a decrease in E-Tran
      • ­SBA has not remitted a forgiveness payment on that loan
    • Lender may process an increase in E-Tran and make a second disbursement on the loan up to the fully approved amount in E-Tran. Increase must be reported on first 1502 report after re-disbursement
    • Covers Borrower that can now use the loan proceeds due to expanded allowable uses and/or length of covered period
    • Full processing fees will be paid to the lender because it has not been previously paid