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*As of May 31st, 2021, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is no longer accepting applications.
If you are an independent contractor or are self-employed and don’t have any employees, here’s what you need to know about each program:
You are eligible to apply for a PPP loan as an independent contractor or self-employed individual who has been or will be harmed by the pandemic if all of the following are true:
First, you will need to fill out the PPP application available on the Treasury Department's website (PDF).
You also will need all of the following:
For most independent contractors, calculating your PPP borrowing limit is a 3-step process:
Step 1: Find line 31 on your 2019 IRS Form 1040 Schedule C (If you haven’t filed yet for 2019, go ahead and fill it out). If the amount on Line 31 is over $100,000, write $100,000
Step 2: Divide the amount from Step 1 by 12
Step 3: Multiply the amount from Step 2 by 2.5
For most borrowers, this will be your maximum PPP loan amount.
NOTE: If you received an EIDL loan between January 31, 2020 and April 3, 2020 you can refinance that as part of your PPP loan (minus any amount received as an EIDL grant).
You can use your PPP loan to do any of the following:
* You must have claimed a deduction on your 2019 taxes for expenses described in 2, 3, and 4 above.
Borrowers are eligible to have some or all of their loan forgiven.
The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA) developed a PPP forgiveness calculator that can be found here.
You are eligible to apply for an EIDL loan as an independent contractor or self-employed person.
NOTE: Due to overwhelming demand and limited funding, EIDL loans are only being approved up to $150,000.
Apply for an EIDL loan online at SBA.gov/disaster.
As of July 11, SBA is no longer offering $1,000 per employee up to $10,000 emergency grants.
Independent contractors and self-employed individuals are normally not eligible for unemployment compensation. However, under the CARES Act, such individuals can receive benefits under a special Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program if they qualify.
PUA pays the same weekly benefits as your regular state unemployment insurance (UI) program, but the benefits are 100% federally funded. PUA benefits are available for up to 39 weeks.
This program expires on December 31, 2020. Through July 31, 2020, recipients of unemployment compensation will receive an additional $600 per week on top of the state-calculated benefit.
According to the Department of Labor: “An individual who works as an independent contractor with reportable income also may qualify for PUA benefits if he or she is unemployed, partially employed, or unable or unavailable to work because the COVID-19 public health emergency has severely limited his or her ability to continue performing his or her customary work activities, and has thereby forced the individual to suspend such activities” is eligible.
NOTE: Receipt of a PPP loan may impact your ability to collect unemployment insurance.
You can apply through your state unemployment office.
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