July 23, 2020
Given the 24-week period, we may spend two or three times the amount of the PPP loan in forgivable expenses. Can we start out with a gross forgiveness amount of, say, 150% of the PPP loan amount, and have the reduction factors subtract from that 150%, so that we still could get 100% of the loan forgiven?
Posted by Armanino Financial Advisory Team
No. You cannot claim forgiveness greater than your loan amount. Forgiveness relates solely to how you spent the PPP loan proceeds, not to how much you spent in aggregate on payroll and other authorized uses in 24 weeks, regardless of source. In your situation, clearly you will have spent all the PPP funds, along with a significant portion of operating funds you held independently from the PPP funds. You can’t claim forgiveness on your use of non-PPP funds.