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CARES Act Summary

May 11, 2020

During the month of March, President Trump signed into law the largest stimulus in American history called the “CARES” (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act.

 In the simplest terms, the CARES Act alters (expands eligibility and loosens restrictions) the existing Section 7(a) loan program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). There are two small business relief programs available:

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

This specific legislation authorizes up to $10 million per applicant in “PPP Loans” (Paycheck Protection Program Loans) and makes those loans 100% guaranteed, and in certain cases, some loans will be forgiven. 

To apply

  • Go to and “find a lender” or work with your existing lender.
  • You are allowed to apply to multiple banks; however, the first bank to process your application will be the bank you work with.
  • How it works ( ):
    • Consult with your accountant/CPA to ensure you are applying correctly.
    • There are two calculations that will need to be done:
      • Calculation #1 - Determines how much you can apply for:
        • Average the last 12 months’ payroll costs up to $100K per employee multiplied by 2.5.
      • Calculation #2 - Determines how much of the PPP Loan you receive will be forgiven:
        • You must submit a forgiveness application to your lender and get approved.
        • You have eight weeks to spend the money from the date you receive it.
        • The money must be spent on payroll costs (75%) and toward rent/utilities (25%).
      • Your worst-case scenario is that whatever is not forgiven becomes a 1% loan paid back over two years, with payments starting six months after disbursement.
    • Here is a helpful FAQ:
    • KEEP IN MIND at the end of the day, the objective of the PPP and all other programs was to get money in people’s hands quickly and then figure out the rest on the backend.
      • We haven’t gotten to the backend yet.

 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) & Grants: 

Small businesses can receive $10,000 within three days of applying for up to a $2 million-dollar EIDL. The $10,000 does not need to be repaid under any circumstances. You are allowed to participate in both programs, but certain restrictions apply.

 If those options aren’t available to you, SBA offers the following alternative loan options for small business owners:

 For updates:

 You can find the most recent updates by following Senator Marco Rubio on Twitter @marcorubio, he Chairs the Senate Small Business Committee, or visit


This is, undeniably, a lot of information and can be difficult to process. If my team can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us


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