What are eligible non-payroll costs for forgiveness?
Mortgage Interest (not including principal payments), Rent, & Utilities.
The PPP program does not only allow for loan forgiveness for payroll costs. It also allows for loan forgiveness for non-payroll costs including (1) Business mortgage interest payments in place before February 15,2020 (2) Business rent or lease payments in force prior to February 15,2020, and (3) Business utility payments for services which began before February 15,2020 like electricity, gas, water, transportation, telephone, or internet access. Documentation for all these costs must be kept by the borrower. These costs need to be paid or incurred during the 56-day covered period. These eligible non-payroll costs will be capped at 25% of the total forgiveness amount.
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Eligible nonpayroll costs. Nonpayroll costs eligible for forgiveness consist of: (a) covered mortgage obligations: payments of interest (not including any prepayment or payment of principal) on any business mortgage obligation on real or personal property incurred before February 15, 2020 (“business mortgage interest payments”); (b) covered rent obligations: business rent or lease payments pursuant to lease agreements for real or personal property in force before February 15, 2020 (“business rent or lease payments”); and (c) covered utility payments: business payments for a service for the distribution of electricity, gas, water, transportation, telephone, or internet access for which service began before February 15, 2020 (“business utility payments”). An eligible nonpayroll cost must be paid during the Covered Period or incurred during the Covered Period and paid on or before the next regular billing date, even if the billing date is after the Covered Period. Eligible nonpayroll costs cannot exceed 25% of the total forgiveness amount. Count nonpayroll costs that were both paid and incurred only once.