Q: FAQ #31 reminded borrowers to review carefully the required certification on the Borrower Application Form that “[c]urrent economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.” SBA guidance and regulations provide that any borrower who applied for a PPP loan prior to April 24, 2020 and repaid the loan in full by May 7, 2020 will be deemed by SBA to have made the required certification in good faith. Is it possible for a borrower to obtain an extension of the May 7, 2020 repayment date?
A: SBA extended the repayment date for this safe harbor to May 14, 2020 and subsequently extended it again to May 18, 2020. See FAQ #47. Borrowers did not need to apply for the extensions. The extensions w ere implemented through revisions to the SBA’s interim final rule providing the safe harbor. See FAQ #46 for additional guidance on how SBA will review the certification.