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SEMA Supports Legislation to Forgive All PPP Loans Less Than $150,000

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

SEMA joined with dozens of other trade associations in urging the U.S. Congress to pass legislation to forgive all PPP loans that are less than $150,000. The groups sent a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Small Business Committees requesting immediate passage of “The Paycheck Protection Program Small Business Forgiveness Act” (S. 4117).

To date, more than 85% of the PPP loans provided to small businesses are less than $150,000. Under the current program, the loan has restrictions on how monies are spent, including a requirement that 60% be spent on payroll cost, and company officials must then spend many hours completing paperwork to document the spending. The proposed legislation would instead simply require borrowers to submit a one-page forgiveness document.

The U.S. Congress is expected to consider another COVID-19 stimulus package later in July. SEMA is urging that the PPP loan forgiveness legislation be enacted at that time, either as a stand-alone bill or as part of the stimulus package.

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