You complied with the rules. Now you have been told you did not meet the conditions and your PPP loan was not forgiven.
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How to Deal a Repayment Demand when your PPP loan was not forgiven:
1. First Look For Mistakes.
The government and large bureaucratic processes often make mistakes. Look through all of the guidelines and rules. Try to pinpoint how they came to their decision, and if it was correct.
Read their own official rules in detail since analysts make mistakes. But don’t just claim a mistake. Find their mistake, detail it, and also state why it does not apply to your case.
2. Appeal the Decision.
Appeal the decision regardless of whether you find a mistake or not. This also applies even when you are not likely to win. Many times having another representative review your case results in a different decision.
Find out the details of the appeals process and follow it precisely. Also followup during the process to make sure all your borrower rights are being met per legal requirements. Backed up government processors often cannot meet certain time requirements. Failure on their part may be a basis for a reversal in the decision.
Basis for Appealing an unforgiven PPP loan
Lack of proper documentation is the easiest problem to fix. Provide the proper payroll expenses, rent roll, utility and other statements. Submit any missing information as part of the appeal.
Funds not used as intended is a common denial reason. As mentioned above, look for errors in their process. People do not find mistakes when they do not look, so review their response in detail.
Look for mistakes in the rational for why your ppp loan was not forgiven and then attack denials that are weak.
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This basis for appeal is not a strong reason. However, it may be enough to a reversal of the decision in some cases.
3. Gather All Documentation to Support your Appeal.
Documentation is key, so gather and review all you information. Take a second look at your PPP expenses such as Payroll, Rent and Utilities.
Confirm whether appeals that are denied can also be appealed. Ask for time to respond to any denial in writing and also request an in person hearing.
Make a formal counter offer in writing for a settlement and also document why your business cannot pay a forgivable debt. Provide cash flow statements such as tax returns, bank statements, Profit and Loss statements and Balance Sheet supporting your argument.
4. Find other Funding Alternatives
Look for alternative funding options to shore up cash flow shortfalls from unforgiven PPP business loans.
A business’ cash flow is impacted because they did not expect to have to repay a forgivable loan. Many other small business loans can be a good fit.
Asset based loans are also a great choice to assist with cash flow until the business adjusts to the partial repayment of their ppp loan.
FAQ: Why did they not forgive my ppp loan?
Why was my PPP loan not forgiven?
PPP loan forgiveness is not granted when you do not meet the usage conditions of the ppp loan stated in the contract. The most common reasons are incorrect use of funds and time deadlines for usage.
What can I do about it?
Carefully review the reason for the decline. Read the rules for ppp funds use and check for mistakes in the decision. Sometimes decisions are flawed or not clear cut.
How can I get the decision reversed?
Appeal the decision. Prepare all the documentation needed and submit a formal appeal.
A decline of forgiveness for your PPP loan may be a shock. Take action to challenge the decision that may lead to at least a partial reversal.
Since these loans can be for large amounts, it is worth the time to see if you can change the outcome. Look for mistakes in the process, prepare your paperwork and request an appeal.