President Biden has signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021. The new law extends the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application filing deadline from March 31, 2021 to May 31, 2021, thus providing potential PPP borrowers additional time to submit their applications.

The new PPP Extension Act provides no additional funding for the program but extends the filing deadline for both first and second draw loan applications to May 31, 2021. The deadline extension may increase the odds of securing a loan, particularly for businesses that have struggled with the application process.

The law also gives the Small Business Administration (SBA) an additional 30 days — through June 30, 2021 — after the extended application deadline to complete its processing of applications. The SBA has a backlog of applications because of a variety of factors, including coding errors, delays in the release of guidance on the implementation of the program and its many changes and a recent revision of the formula used to calculate certain sole-proprietor applicant's loan amounts.

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