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How does a reduction in my employees’ salary or wages affect my loan forgiveness amount?

Borrowers are eligible for loan forgiveness for certain expenditures during the Covered Period. However, the actual amount of loan forgiveness the Borrower will receive may be less, depending on whether the salary or hourly wages of certain employees during the Covered Period was less than during the most recent full quarter before the Covered Period.

If the Borrower restored salary/hourly wage levels, the Borrower may be eligible for elimination of the Salary/Hourly Wage Reduction amount (read more about the Salary/Hourly Wage Reduction Safe Harbor here).

Note: borrowers with loans $50,000 and under do not need to incorporate FTE or salary/hourly wage reductions into their overall requested loan forgiveness amount, unless they - together with affiliates, if applicable - received First Draw PPP Loans of $2 million or more or Second Draw PPP Loans of $2 million or more.

See also: How do I calculate salary/hourly wage reductions?

See also: Will I be doubly penalized if I had reductions in both the number of employees and in employees’ salary and wages?