The SBA is increasing EIDL limits up to $500,000. Here are the details
The EIDL loans were previously limited to six months of 'economic injury' up to a maximum of $150,000. The SBA recently announced a policy change that significantly increases loan limits up to 24 months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000. On June 7th they announced they will likely be increasing the limits to $2M in the next couple of months.
Here is a refresher of the rules;
- The deadline to apply is 12/31/21.
- The loan terms will remain the same; 30-year term with a 3.75% fixed rate for business and 2.75% for nonprofits.
- For loan amounts over $25,000, SBA will record a UCC filing.
- Real estate collateral will not be required for any loans of $500,000 or less.
- Deferment periods for all EIDL loans have been extended until next year. The first payment due date for loans made in 2020 will be 24 months from the date of the note. For loans made in the calendar year 2021, the first payment is due 18 months from the date of the note.
Here is what's new for this increase round;
- While we're not certain what the criteria will be, it seems like the eligibility amount might be based on 200% of gross profit for 2019.
- (Gross Profit is your gross revenue less cost of goods)
- SBA will also require an unsecured personal guarantee for loan amounts over $200,000 from any individual with 20 percent or more ownership.
⚠️ Word of caution
- As a reminder, the SBA places a lot of restrictions on how you can use your EIDL Funds. You can't even invest the money in an interest-bearing bank account.
- Even in the case in which you are legally entitled to take this loan, doesn't mean it's the right thing for you.
- EIDL loans are loans that will need to be paid back; you're taking on debt that you'll have to pay monthly for the next 30 years.
While the vast majority of business owners that applied for the increase did not hear back from them, we have some clients that already get approved so, please hang in there, and they'll get back to you!
Here are the steps to be taken if you wish to request a loan increase;
- Apply online
The SBA added a “Request more funds” button which you can see once logged into your existing loan account. You can log on to your account here. See screenshot below.
If the “Request more funds” button is not present, try a different browser. If that doesn't help, reach out to the SBA.
- You will be asked similar questions as in the box below.
- Next, you will use the slider bar to select a new increased loan amount.
- Apply by email
- While the SBA initially gave the option to apply via email, your best option would be applying through your portal as mentioned above.
- Following are the instruction to apply via email provided by the SBA;
- Send email to CovidEIDLIncreaseRequests@sba.gov
- Use the subject line "EIDL Increase Request for [insert your 10-digit application number]"
- Be sure to include in the body of your email identifying information for your current loan, including application number, loan number, business name, business address, business owner name(s), and phone number.
- Do not include any financial documents or tax records with your initial request. You will receive a follow-up email notification they'll need additional documents.
- If you applied online and did not hear back from the SBA, your best option would be to log on to your portal and check if it gives you the option to apply.
What happens next?
- Upon emailing them, You may receive an auto-reply as follows "Thank you for contacting the Covid EIDL Increase Team. Your request has been received and will be processed in the order it was received."
- Per SBA, it may take several weeks before you receive a response from them on the next steps.
- Some people already got a reply email but it's unclear who's getting what type of questions. Below is a compiled list of line items from the SBA reply email.
We have reviewed your request for an EIDL loan increase of the above-referenced disaster loan application. At this time, we are unable to complete the evaluation of your request until the following information is provided:
The document must be signed and dated in ink or digital e-certified electronic signature (digitized version of your handwritten signature). The correct tax form filed for your business must be entered on line 6.
- once approved, you will be able to finalize the application through your SBA portal.
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