Get Ready for the PPP Forgiveness Application

Get Ready for the PPP Forgiveness Application

Read This First

After a long wait, the PPP forgiveness application is here and ready for you to fill out. 

Before you get started, we should go over a few very important things that will determine how you proceed.

Please read everything on this page carefully and follow all of the instructions. It could save us both a lot of time down the road.

Then go through the rest of the tabs on this page in order. They include some detailed instructions and walk-through videos you should watch before you start. Trust us, they’ll help.

On the last tab, we’ll take you to the application and get to work.

Remember: With just a few rare exceptions, there's no rush to apply. It's better to take our time to make sure we all get it right. The deadline to apply is 10 months after the end of your covered period, no later than Oct. 31, 2021. Most people have plenty of time.

How Forgiveness Works
The rules have changed often, but we’ve kept you up to date on how forgiveness works and what you need to do to prepare. You can review the basic overview of forgiveness using the link below.

What You Need to Know About PPP Forgiveness

PPP Forgiveness FAQ

Two Applications
There are actually two different forgiveness applications: EZ and full. The EZ application is much shorter and easier to complete. The full application is longer, more complicated and includes more forms and schedules to fill out. You will use one or the other depending on how your business has been affected by the pandemic and the decisions you made around staffing levels and wages.

There’s a possibility that we’ll get a third application, which would be a “super EZ” for applications under a certain amount. That’s being discussed in Congress right now and may not come to pass. If it does, it could make this process virtually instant for most of our clients. We are following this discussion closely. 

Most borrowers will be able to use the EZ application, but you should be absolutely sure it applies to you before you start to fill it out. Our online application system will help you decide which one to use.

We have also created two separate calculator tools to help you fill them out: one for the EZ and another for the full. Both calculators include a list of the documents required for your application. They will ask you for some basic financial information around payroll and non-payroll expenses and then give you the numbers you need for the application.

How do I know if I need to use the EZ or the full?
The online application starts with a few questions designed to help you choose the right application. Depending on your answers, it will automatically choose the right one for you.

In general, you can use the EZ application if you:

  • Can certify and prove that your employment levels stayed the same, or
  • Can certify and prove that reductions in employment levels were due to a drop in business because of the pandemic, or
  • Can certify and prove that wages stayed the same or weren’t reduced by more than 25 percent
  • Are a self-employed individual, independent contractor or sole proprietor who had no employees at the time of the PPP loan application and did not include any employee salaries in the loan application form

Before you get started, think through these questions. If you can’t certify and prove one of the above points, go ahead and use the full application.

If the EZ covers most borrowers and is a lot easier to fill out, why can’t I just start with that one?
It’s tempting to try to use the easiest application first, but you need to be absolutely sure before going down that road. After you submit your application, we will review it. If we find that you have filled out the EZ but don’t actually qualify for it, we’ll have to ask you to start over and fill out the full. Save yourself time and avoid raising any red flags in your application process. If you think you need the full, go ahead and use it. 

Click the next tab to see how the application will work. 

 

Need help or have questions? You can reach out to your financial advisor or call our Small Business Client Service Center at 877-380-0654.

How the Application Works

Our online application system is simple, streamlined and intuitive. It will help you determine whether to use the EZ or the full application and then walk you through all of the fields you need to fill out.

It will also help you upload the required documentation, let us review what you’ve submitted, allow you to sign it electronically and automatically submit your application to the SBA.

The videos below will walk you through the complete process, including how to use the calculator tool and fill out the application. We’ve produced different videos for the EZ and full, so choose the one that applies to you by clicking the video titles below.

How the Process Works

Step 1: Open the application and fill in the look-up information: The primary email address you used on the loan application, you company’s tax ID number and your PPP loan amount. This will look up your loan in the system and pre-fill a lot of the information. Note that the email address you need is the one attached to the person listed as the primary on your original loan application. 

Step 2: Answer the first few questions. This will help you figure out which application to use, the full or the EZ.

Step 3: Open the corresponding calculator tool and complete it. This will help you determine the final figures that need to be entered into the application.

Step 4: Finish the application. Reopen your browser window and follow the steps for completing the rest of the application. At the end, you’ll see how much forgiveness you are eligible for and how much the remaining loan balance will be, if any. From here, you can save it to come back later or submit it to move on.

Step 5: Upload your documentation. Once you have filled out the application, the system will take you to a new screen where you will upload the documentation that verifies your information. This includes uploading your completed calculator tool using the "Other" field. 

Step 6: Pinnacle reviews it. We will receive your application and examine your information and documents. If we have questions or see issues with anything, we’ll make a note of it in the system, and you will get an alert asking you to fix it. You’ll be able to access your application at this time and make any necessary edits. That includes re-uploading documents that may have had problems the first time. You will also receive some automated emails during this process updating you on progress.

Step 7: Sign your application. Once our review is complete, you’ll get another alert asking you to digitally sign the documents. We’ll need signatures from you or your authorized representative.

Step 8: Pinnacle submits it to the SBA. Once everything is verified and signed, we will push your application to the SBA for a decision. If your application is approved, you will receive verification and documentation via email. If any loan balance remains after the forgiveness decision is given, your financial advisor will be in touch soon after to talk through your next steps.

Click the next tab to learn more about the calculator tools.

 

Need help or have questions? You can reach out to your financial advisor or call our Small Business Client Service Center at 877-380-0654.

Calculator Tools

Just like the application, we have two separate calculator tools: A version for the EZ application and a version for the full application.

Remember: Your loan amount has nothing to do with which application and calculator you will use. It depends on a number of other factors. In general, you can use the EZ application and calculator if you:

  • Can certify and prove that your employment levels stayed the same, or
  • Can certify and prove that reductions in employment levels were due to a drop in business because of the pandemic, or
  • Can certify and prove that wages stayed the same or weren’t reduced by more than 25 percent
  • Are a self-employed individual, independent contractor or sole proprietor who had no employees at the time of the PPP loan application and did not include any employee salaries in the loan application form

Payroll Reports
If you use a third-party payroll provider or accounting software, they likely have a PPP report available that will show payroll taxes, deposits and everything else you need to submit related to PPP-covered payroll. If you have one of these reports, you can ignore the tab called "Payroll Costs Aggregator." You still need to fill out the rest of the calculator, but doing this will make our review much easier and faster. Contact your payroll provider or the support team for your accounting software to see if they have PPP reports available and to learn how to run them. As an example, QuickBooks has complete information on how to pull PPP-related payroll reports on their website.

Click here to download the calculator tool for the EZ application.
(Right click this link and choose “Save as” or “Save Link As.” Save this file to your desktop and open it from there.)

Click here to download the calculator tool for the full application.
(Right click this link and choose “Save as” or “Save Link As.” Save this file to your desktop and open it from there.)

Click the next tab to see what documents you'll need for the application.

 

Need help or have questions? You can reach out to your financial advisor or call our Small Business Client Service Center at 877-380-0654.

Have These Handy

You’re almost ready to get started. Before you click over to the next tab and go to the application, take a few minutes to gather the required documents. You’ll need them to complete the calculator and fill out the application. 

You will also be required to upload several of these documents as part of your application. If you do not upload them, we will not be able to review or process your application. This includes the calculator tool on the previous tab. Please complete and upload this calculator tool along with your other documents. You can use the "Other" field on the upload screen to upload the calculator.

Of particular importance are Form 941 or equivalent payroll tax forms. These forms will help us verify your payroll amounts. If you are a sole proprietor and do not have a 941, you will submit your 2019 schedule C. Partnerships (partners or LLCs that file as partnerships) will use their 2019 K1(s). For any payroll cycle for which a 941 has not yet been filed with the IRS, you should also include evidence of the payroll withholdings that will be remitted to the IRS.

Payroll Reports
If you use a third-party payroll provider or accounting software, they likely have a PPP report available that will show payroll taxes, deposits and everything else you need to submit related to PPP-covered payroll. If you have one of these reports, you can ignore the tab called "Payroll Costs Aggregator." You still need to fill out the rest of the calculator, but doing this will make our review much easier and faster. It will also meet the payroll withholdings evidence mentioned above. Contact your payroll provider or the support team for your accounting software to see if they have PPP reports available and to learn how to run them. As an example, QuickBooks has complete information on how to pull PPP-related payroll reports on their website.

Click here to download the EZ application document guide.
(Right click this link and choose “Save as” or “Save Link As.” Save this file to your desktop and open it from there.) 

Click here to download the full application document guide.
(Right click this link and choose “Save as” or “Save Link As.” Save this file to your desktop and open it from there.)

Click the next tab to get started with your application.

 

Need help or have questions? You can reach out to your financial advisor or call our Small Business Client Service Center at 877-380-0654.

Go to the Application

You’re ready to go. Starting August 13, this page will include a link to our online application system that will guide you through the process. Also below are links to our calculator tools you will use to get the figures you need to enter in the application.

When you click the application link, it will open in a new tab of your browser. Do not close that tab until after you have submitted your application. If you have to stop for any reason, keep the application tab open. If you need to switch over to the calculator tool while you’re filling it out, keep the application tab open.

If you run into trouble or have any questions about the application system, our Small Business Client Service Center can help. If you have questions about your loan, the calculator or qualifications, your financial advisor is also just a phone call or email away.

Small Business Client Service Center
877-380-0654

Find your financial advisor.



Start your PPP forgiveness application.

 

Click here to download the calculator tool for the EZ application.
(Right click this link and choose “Save as” or “Save Link As.” Save this file to your desktop and open it from there.) 

Click here to download the calculator tool for the full application.
(Right click this link and choose “Save as” or “Save Link As.” Save this file to your desktop and open it from there.)

View the training videos for how to use the application:

EZ Application Training
Full Application Training