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May 13, 2020

ACEC, Small Business Advocates Call for Clear Consistent PPP Guidance

ACEC and a coalition of small business advocates have issued a statement highlighting the need for clear and consistent Paycheck Protection Program guidance:

“The Department of the Treasury and SBA launched the Paycheck Protection Program PPP to help small businesses stay open and keep their workers employed.  

“This relief is needed now more than ever. However, changing SBA guidance is causing many small businesses to rethink their participation in the Program. Small businesses need consistency and certainty and applicants need to know that they will be held to the same guidance that was in place at the time the business applied for a loan.  

“Some deserving businesses are returning funds or choosing to forego applying due to the uncertainty created by the SBA.  As the Wall Street Journal reports, demand for PPP loans has all but dried up in the last week.   

“This collapse of trust in what ultimately has been a successful program is troublesome and will negatively impact our country’s economic recovery.   

“The last thing we need is for deserving businesses to lay off employees and close their doors because ever-changing rules and the threat of civil penalties scared them away from the PPP.  To fix this, the SBA needs to immediately revise its recent guidance to better mirror the PPP’s intent and to issue additional guidance making clear the terms for PPP loan forgiveness.  

“Meanwhile, policymakers need to remain focused on the PPP’s original purpose — to ensure businesses have the financial resources necessary to keep employees paid while government-mandated stay-athome orders remain in place.      

“Our nation’s economy will recover, but it will take time and it will take the hard work of small businesses that are critical to our communities.”

In addition to ACEC, participating organizations were American Institute of CPAs;  National Federation of Independent Business; S Corporation America; Associated Builders and Contractors;
National Electrical Contractors Association; and National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors.

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May 13, 2020



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