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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

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New SBA Forgiveness Portal helps small business owners focus on successfully reopening.

Borrowers with loans of $150,000 or less will now apply for forgiveness directly to the SBA.

To help small businesses focus on successfully reopening, Central Pacific Bank has “opted in” to the SBA Direct Forgiveness Portal. This new streamlined application portal allows borrowers with PPP loans of $150,000 or less to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA.  

The SBA initiated this program to allow PPP borrowers to put their concerns of achieving full forgiveness behind them and focus on operating and growing their businesses again.

Before applying, review the SBA’s Direct Forgiveness User Portal Guide here.

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Advantages of the SBA Direct Portal

The direct forgiveness portal has several advantages for borrowers with loans of $150,000 and under, including:

  • Easy online application form that can be completed within 5 minutes
  • Immediate feedback of issues
  • Ability to check on forgiveness application status
  • Ability to download Certificate that forgiveness has been granted once approved
  • For Second Draw loan customers, the ability to use the same registration to create and submit forgiveness application
  • Second Draw loans customers may not have to upload documentation on 25% revenue reduction if your business has been scored by SBA as no documents required
  • Borrower telephone support directly by the SBA from 8 am to 8 pm ET, Monday through Friday, at 877-552-2692

As a result of these advantages, CPB will conclude accepting forgiveness applications, except in the following conditions:

  • Your PPP loan is more than $150,000. Borrowers with loans more than $150,000 may access the CPB Forgiveness portal here.
  • Or, if you experience an issue in submitting your application through the SBA direct portal and the SBA directs you to apply through us.

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PPP Forgiveness helps move your business forward

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is essentially a tax-free grant from the SBA and one of the most beneficial aspects of the program is the opportunity to have full cancellation of the loan and any accrued interest forgiven.

You’re encouraged to apply for loan forgiveness before your 10 month deferral period ends. Once your deferral period ends, you have to start making monthly payments with loan terms of 1% interest.

Any amount of the loan that is not forgiven must be repaid by the borrower plus interest over an approximately 8-month period, if the loan was made before June 5, 2020, or approximately a 3.5-year period if the loan was made after June 5, 2020.

Key Features for Existing PPP Loans

Additional Eligible Expenses
Forgiveness previously had been predicated on expenses incurred or paid for payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent or lease costs and utilities. For any borrower who has not yet filed a forgiveness application, they may now include:

  • Covered operations expenditures – which include business software or cloud computing services, the processing, payment, or tracking of payroll expenses, human resources, sales and billing functions, or accounting or tracking of supplies, inventory, records and expenses.
  • Covered supplier costs – payments made to a supplier under a contract or purchase order for goods that are “essential to the operations of the entity” (leaving the definition of “essential” to the borrower). Note that the contract or purchase order must have been in place prior to the covered period of the existing PPP loan unless it was for perishable goods, which could be in place at any time.
  • Covered worker protection expenditures – any operating or capital cost incurred to comply with safety or sanitation requirements put in place between March 1, 2020, and the end of the national emergency (once declared). Such costs can include establishment of a drive-through window facility, new ventilation or filtration systems, physical barriers, expanded space or other assets relating to compliance with government requirements.
  • Covered property damage costs – for costs related to civil disturbances during 2020 that were not covered by insurance.
  • Payroll expenses – now expanded to include employer payments for group life, disability, vision or dental insurance, which were previously excluded.

In short, there are many more business expenses that may be used for forgiveness support with these new, expanded eligible expenses.

Where do I go for information or question regarding loan forgiveness?

  • If you need assistance:

Important reminders

  • Stay safe from scammers: Prevent fraud due to release of PPP program loan data - In an effort of transparency, the SBA, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a spreadsheet of data that included information about PPP loans at the loan level. This spreadsheet includes the names of business recipients, their associated addresses, and lending partner.

    This may result in the “bad guys” being able to easily target PPP loan recipients by phone or online, posing as someone from the bank. If you receive a suspicious communication regarding your PPP loan and are unsure of how to proceed, contact us immediately at [email protected] or 808-544-6865.
  • SBA Alert: The Office of Inspector General recognizes that we are facing unprecedented times and is alerting the public about potential fraud schemes related to economic stimulus programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration in response to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19). The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the largest financial assistance bill to date, includes provisions to help small businesses. Fraudsters have already begun targeting small business owners during these economically difficult times. Be on the lookout for grant fraud, loan fraud, and phishing.  Please see the SBA Fraud Alert for more information. 

This communication is as of August 12, 2021 and is intended to assist PPP applicants/borrowers in understanding and complying with the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) laws, regulations, requirements and rules (collectively “PPP Rules”). This is only a general description/summary of the matters covered herein. PPP applicants/borrower should consult the PPP Rules for the complete coverage. Central Pacific Bank (“CPB”) is not rendering any legal, tax, accounting, business or other advice to PPP applicants/borrowers in connection with the PPP which is a federal government program and subject at all times to the PPP Rules as they may be changed, amended or supplemented at any time by the federal government. PPP applicants/borrowers are strongly encouraged to seek the advice of legal, tax, accounting, and other professional advisors respecting the PPP. PPP applicants/borrowers are solely responsible for determining their eligibility for the PPP and compliance with all PPP Rules, and shall not rely on CPB or any employee or representative of CPB respecting the PPP Rules or any interpretation or application thereof. CPB has no obligation or responsibility to update this communication as additional PPP Rules are issued or if any PPP Rules are changed, amended or clarified. PPP applicants/borrowers must monitor the government’s PPP websites at and for any updates to the PPP Rules.