If you’re a 1099 worker (or a small business that employs 1099 workers) seeking a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, you likely have questions about whether or not you qualify for a PPP loan, what you need to apply, and how potential loan forgiveness will work. We’ve put together some of the most common questions we’ve received surrounding PPP and 1099 workers to give you the information you need.
Independent contractors can submit a PPP loan application through their bank or a lending marketplace. Given that many banks aren’t prioritizing the smallest loans, we’ve stepped up to help independent contractors secure funding. We’ve partnered with multiple PPP lenders to maximize your chances of funding, and we’ve streamlined the application to make it fast and simple.
PPP applications opened for 1099 employees on April 10, 2020. 1099 employees are now eligible to apply for their own PPP loans through their banks or a loan marketplace.
Yes, qualifying independent contractors can receive an additional disbursement of funds by applying for a Second Draw. Just like the First Draw, a borrower can receive up to 2.5 times their monthly payroll costs through a Second Draw. To qualify you must meet the following criteria:
Documentation proving revenue reduction is only required for loans over $150,000. It’s unlikely that most 1099 workers would have a loan more than that amount, given that independent contractors may only claim payroll for themselves (in addition to other payroll-related expenses) as a part of their payroll calculations and the SBA has capped salaries for individual employees at $8,333/month ($100k/year). It is likely that you will be required to certify this revenue reduction instead.
You can visit our complete step-by-step guide to completing an application for full instructions.
A voided check is required to demonstrate business revenue deposits.
If PPP funds are used for allowed uses during the covered period of the loan (the 24 weeks immediately following disbursement of funds), then a borrower will likely qualify for loan forgiveness.
The SBA has streamlined the forgiveness with a one-page application for loans under $150,000. Additionally, for loans under $150,000, you will not be required to submit documentation on your forgivable expenses. Instead, you will be asked to certify that funds were used for forgivable expenses.
No. PPP loans cannot be used for the same purpose as other government funds at the same time. So you cannot receive unemployment at the same time as you’re using PPP funds to cover lost payroll.
If you are currently receiving unemployment, you will have to cancel it starting on the date your PPP loan is funded. If you are still suffering from lost wages after PPP funds have been exhausted, you can apply for unemployment through your state agency.
You cannot choose the start date for the loan. The loan term begins the day you receive funds.
No, 1099 employees should not be included in a small business’s payroll calculations for their PPP loans. 1099 employees are considered their own businesses under the PPP. As of April 10, 2020, 1099 employees are eligible to apply for their own PPP loan.
Guidance for PPP loans asks if a small business was open as of February 15 and “had employees for whom it paid salaries and payroll taxes or paid independent contractors, as reported on Form(s) 1099-MISC.”
Treasury guidance regarding 1099 employees pertains to eligibility. You need to either have employees who receive a salary or 1099 employees who you pay in order to qualify for the loan. It does not pertain to loan size calculations.