SBA Relief Program & COVID-19 UPDATE

On February 22, 2021 the SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness Portal will be temporarily taken down to complete required changes in accordance with Section 333 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act. The portal will be operational, with required changes in place, on March 6, 2021, including the new 3508S Forgiveness Application. We apologize for the inconvenience.

At Republic Bank we pride ourselves on our “FANS! First” approach to banking. Like you, we have been closely monitoring the updates from the CDC in regard to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As much as we enjoy seeing you and your furry friends at our stores, we know, you may prefer to minimize your daily interactions. We want to take this opportunity to remind you of the many ways we can serve you.

As your banking partner, we understand these times of uncertainty may bring about some financial adversities. Please reach out to discuss all of your potential options. We will continue to monitor the situation, please check this page for any time sensitive information.

  • SBA PPP LOAN FORGIVENESS

    Over the last three months our local businesses and their employees have experienced a pandemic, economic hardship, isolation and uncertainty. Throughout this trying time Republic Bank has aided countless FANS through the approval and processing of thousands of Paycheck Protection Program loans valued at more than $700 million helping sole proprietors, small to mid-size businesses and their employees avoid economic ruin. As we prepare to open our businesses in accordance with state and local COVID-19 guidance it is time to prepare for the next phase of the Paycheck Protection Program, Loan Forgiveness.

    PPP Loan Forgiveness Update

    On Tuesday September 29th Republic Bank sent an email to all PPP loan customers, which provided an update on PPP Loan Forgiveness.  If you did not receive this email please review your spam and junk email folders.  This email contained important information explaining how Republic Bank will begin accepting and processing PPP Loan Forgiveness applications. 

    All loan forgiveness applications must be submitted through a portal link; you will receive the portal link when Republic Bank is prepared to accept your forgiveness application.  This web based platform will assist in the completion of the Loan Forgiveness Application (SBA Form 3508S, 3508EZ and SBA Form 3508), calculation of your loan forgiveness amount, upload of required supporting documents, and automatic submission of your loan forgiveness request to the SBA after lender review.

    Recent Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program

    On October 8, 2020 the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department released a simpler loan forgiveness application (3508S) for PPP loans of $50,000 or less.  To be eligible to use this form a Borrower’s PPP loan must be no greater than $50,000 and all loans to a Borrower and its affiliates may not exceed $2,000,000.   

    October 2, 2020 the Small Business Administration issued SBA Procedural Notice 5000-20057 concerning changes of ownership for an entity that has received a PPP loan. If your business received a PPP loan and you are contemplating an ownership change of any nature, please review the Procedural Notice for guidance.  

    June 5, 2020 the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020 extended the deferral period for all borrower payments of principal, interest and fees on all PPP loans. The Act does not require a PPP lender to modify a current PPP loan for this payment deferral to be effective. The new payment schedule is based on the date the SBA remits the borrower’s loan forgiveness amount  to the lender; or, if the borrower does not apply for loan forgiveness, payments must begin 10 months after the end of the borrower’s loan forgiveness covered period.  Previously, the deferral period ended 6 months after loan disbursement.

    To prepare for your loan forgiveness submission you should begin the following tasks:

    • Familiarize yourself with the CARES Act and subsequent changes: Links to important documents can be found at MyRepublicBank.com. Seek professional advice from accountants or attorneys if necessary.
    • Determine your covered period; new guidance is available permitting the covered period to be 8 weeks or 24 weeks.
    • Track expenditures on eligible expenses (payroll, rent, utilities, mortgage interest)
    • Gather supporting documents (invoices, canceled checks, payroll documents, leases, bank statements, mortgage statements, utility bills, etc.) Ensure the documents match the covered period. Reference documents must be signed and executed (leases).
    • Calculate Full Time Equivalent Employee factors for the covered period and reference period.
    • Visit the Republic Bank website and our SBA Relief Web Page for up to date information, to view PPP tools, and the opening of our automated, end to end system portal to accept your application for loan forgiveness.

    In addition, we are still making commercial, consumer and residential mortgage loans and soon, loans under the Federal Reserve Main Street Lending Program, details to follow, check the Republic Bank website.

    Republic Bank is proud to be your Bank and of our PPP support to existing and new FANS. At Republic Bank, service matters. If you have questions please reach out to your Relationship Manager or send us an email at PPPLoanForgiveness@MyRepublicBank.com.

     


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  • ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

A message to our Business Customers:
Republic Bank is proud to be a Premier Lender for the NJEDA Small Business Emergency Assistance Guarantee Program. The program is a $10 million pilot program that makes available one-year first loss guarantees of permanent working capital loans and lines of credit. Click here to find out more

Republic Bank Oak Mortgage Customers:
If you are currently making loan payments to MidWest, please address any questions to lossmit@midwestloanservices.com

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