PPP Loan Forgiveness

Updated: August 27, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

The Small Business Association (SBA) has provided Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness guidance that includes application and processing instructions for both borrowers and banks.

The application process varies depending on your loan amount, so please refer to the sections below for guidance.

Loans Over $150,000

We recommend borrowers begin applying for forgiveness by working with their banker once they’ve reached the end of their Covered or Alternative Covered Period. In this case, there are two applications to choose from:

There are distinct differences between the applications, so please read the instructions carefully to determine which is most appropriate for you to complete. The Form 3508EZ will be used by most PPP borrowers; however, it is not suitable for all loans. The 3508 is a more comprehensive form and may require professional assistance to complete. Please refer to the application for a complete list of required documentation that must be submitted with each application.

Loans $150,000 and Less

Loans $150,000 and less have their own application – the 3508S.

Please use this link to register and apply for PPP forgiveness by completing the 3508S application electronically through the Direct Forgiveness Portal website supported by the SBA. This forgiveness process takes approx. 6-10 minutes.

Please refer to the SBA reference guide and the SBA FAQ page for additional guidance. If you need additional help pertaining to the registration process and navigation of the website call SBA 877-552-2692 for additional support.

After you have completed the electronic 3508S application through the Direct Forgiveness Portal, Bankers Trust will be notified, and we will review the application and supporting documentation (if required) for accuracy. From there, Bankers Trust will confirm and acknowledge the received forgiveness application and decision for submission to the SBA. The SBA requires the Bank to process the application within 60 days of receiving it. The SBA has 90 days to respond with final approval.

Additional Information

The SBA has reserved the right to review any loan at any time. Supporting documentation for your PPP loan should be retained for six years after the date of your loan forgiveness, which includes documentation not sent to Bankers Trust.

For additional resources and guidance, visit the SBA and U.S. Department of the Treasury websites.

What Happens Next?

Once you have provided your complete forgiveness application to Bankers Trust, we will review the application for accuracy. From there, Bankers Trust will submit the completed application along with the supporting information to the SBA. The SBA requires the Bank to process the application within 60 days of receiving it. The SBA has 90 days to respond with final approval.