CFPB Issues FAQ to Support Small Businesses Applying for PPP Loans

The important clarifications help provide transparency about the loan application process.

5/8/2020 10:00 AM

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CFPB Issues FAQ to Support Small Businesses Applying for PPP Loans

Small-business owners should take note of clarifications and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) issued from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to help with the application process for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP.)

According to a news release from the CFPB:

Creditors are generally required under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B to notify applicants within 30 days of receiving a "completed application" of the creditor’s approval, counteroffer, denial or other adverse notice regarding the application.

Regulation B notifications of action taken are designed to help consumers and businesses by providing transparency to the credit underwriting process in a timely manner. Information that is generally included in a complete application includes any approvals or reports by governmental agencies or others who can guarantee, insure, or provide security for the credit or collateral.

In its FAQs, the bureau clarifies that a PPP application is only a "completed application" once the creditor has received a loan number from the SBA or a response about the availability of funds. This ensures that the time awaiting this information from the SBA does not count toward the 30-day notice requirement, and that applications will therefore not "time out" during the process.

The FAQs also make clear that if the creditor denies an application without ever sending the application to the SBA, the creditor must give notice of this adverse action within 30 days. It further clarifies that a creditor cannot deny a loan application based on incompleteness where the creditor has enough information for a credit decision but has yet to receive a loan number or response about the availability of funds from the SBA.

Members may find more information on the PPP and resources on ACA International’s federal advocacy page.

 


Follow ACA International on Twitter @ACAIntl and @acacollector, Facebook and request to join our LinkedIn group for news and event updates. ACA International members are welcome to submit news items for possible publication to comm@acainternational.org. Visit our publications page for news submission guidelines and subscriptions to ACA Daily, Collector magazine and Pulse.

Advertising is available for companies wishing to promote their products or services. Be sure to visit the ACA Events Calendar on the Education and Training page to view our listing of upcoming CORE Curriculum and Hot Topic seminars featuring critical educational opportunities for your company.


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CFPB Issues FAQ to Support Small Businesses Applying for PPP Loans

Small-business owners should take note of clarifications and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) issued from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to help with the application process for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP.)

According to a news release from the CFPB:

Creditors are generally required under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B to notify applicants within 30 days of receiving a "completed application" of the creditor’s approval, counteroffer, denial or other adverse notice regarding the application.

Regulation B notifications of action taken are designed to help consumers and businesses by providing transparency to the credit underwriting process in a timely manner. Information that is generally included in a complete application includes any approvals or reports by governmental agencies or others who can guarantee, insure, or provide security for the credit or collateral.

In its FAQs, the bureau clarifies that a PPP application is only a "completed application" once the creditor has received a loan number from the SBA or a response about the availability of funds. This ensures that the time awaiting this information from the SBA does not count toward the 30-day notice requirement, and that applications will therefore not "time out" during the process.

The FAQs also make clear that if the creditor denies an application without ever sending the application to the SBA, the creditor must give notice of this adverse action within 30 days. It further clarifies that a creditor cannot deny a loan application based on incompleteness where the creditor has enough information for a credit decision but has yet to receive a loan number or response about the availability of funds from the SBA.

Members may find more information on the PPP and resources on ACA International’s federal advocacy page.

 


Follow ACA International on Twitter @ACAIntl and @acacollector, Facebook and request to join our LinkedIn group for news and event updates. ACA International members are welcome to submit news items for possible publication to comm@acainternational.org. Visit our publications page for news submission guidelines and subscriptions to ACA Daily, Collector magazine and Pulse.

Advertising is available for companies wishing to promote their products or services. Be sure to visit the ACA Events Calendar on the Education and Training page to view our listing of upcoming CORE Curriculum and Hot Topic seminars featuring critical educational opportunities for your company.


Subscribe to ACA Daily NEWSROOM

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