Category Archives: Coronavirus Alerts

SECURITY ALERT: Hackers Are Targeting Businesses Trying to Access the Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 Relief Website

    August 14, 2020   The federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a warning on August 12, 2020 that some person or group as yet unidentified is attempting to divert individuals from the real Small Business Administration website on COVID-19 relief to a fraudulent site.   The public alert described findings that […]

SBA Issues New PPP Loan Forgiveness Forms

June 22, 2020 On June 17, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published two new loan forgiveness forms that conform to the changes in the Paycheck Protection Program enacted by H. R. 7010. (View June 5, 2020 GRC Update Congress Modifies Major CARES Act’s Provisions on Loan Forgiveness and Payroll Taxes.) We now focus on […]

Has the SBA Denied Your EIDL Application?  NPA Information to Help Pawnbrokers Seek Reconsideration

Has the SBA Denied Your EIDL Application?  NPA Information to Help Pawnbrokers Seek Reconsideration of their EIDL Eligibility.   June 9, 2020 NPA’s Team GRC has learned from several pawnbrokers of their EIDL applications being denied by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA’s denial merely states that the applicant’s “business activity is not eligible”. […]

Congress Modifies Major CARES Act’s Provisions on Loan Forgiveness and Payroll Taxes

June 5, 2020 On Wednesday, June 3rd, the Senate passed H.R. 7010, the “Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020”. The bill is now headed to the President’s desk for his signature. H.R. 7010 makes important changes that should help all Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers: Extends the “covered period” for borrowers to spend PPP […]

Additional Information Regarding EIDL and PPP Programs

  As Of May 20, 2020 As we monitor all developments related to the EIDL and PPP programs from the Congress, SBA, and Treasury, we have seen a few shifts that are likely to affect pawnbrokers’ decisions going forward. We also continue to do everything possible using the NPA’s GRC resources to look forward and […]

IRS Guidance Notice 2020-32 Detailing Limits on Deducting Business Expenses Covered by Loans Eligible for Forgiveness under the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program

Your NPA Team GRC follows developments related to the CARES Act on a daily basis. Late on May 1, 2020 we focused on IRS guidance covering the deduction of business expenses for payroll, rent, and the like if the employer received actual loan forgiveness under the CARES Act and its authorization of the Paycheck Protection […]

Pawn Expo 2020 Has Been Cancelled

On behalf of the NPA Board of Directors, I regret to inform you Pawn Expo 2020 has been cancelled for this year.  We are saddened this unfortunate measure needed to be taken, but consider the health, safety and well-being of our members, staff, vendors and affiliates to be of paramount concern. We are confident this […]

SBA Tells Nearly 8,000 Businesses Applying for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Their Personal Information Was Exposed on Its Website

Breaking News from Tuesday, April 21, 2020 NPA’s Team GRC has located several media articles covering the SBA’s admission that its online application portal for the EIDL program leaked 8,000 applicants’ personal information to other later applicants on the same online portal. One report first found by NPA’s Washington counsel, Cliff Andrews, is from Business […]

An Introduction From Our Executive Director

April 19, 2020 As anyone would be, I am daunted by the work ahead, but I am also encouraged and optimistic — because of you. Already, pawnbrokers across the country are demonstrating how they are an important lifeline to the communities that are hit hardest by this pandemic. You continue to show the world what […]

Information for Pawnbrokers about Eligibility for Payroll Protection Program Loans Under the CARES Act of 2020

April 13, 2020 Pawnbrokers have reported experiencing delays in receiving loan proceeds from their Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”) loan applications due to bankers’ uncertainty about eligibility. Others have been turned away by banks and told they could not apply for PPP loans because “lenders are not eligible.” Below is NPA’s position that pawnbrokers are eligible and […]

Revised Report on the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans – Use This Document to Guide Your Borrower Application

April 3, 2020 – This Update Replaces Those Dated on March 29 and 31, 2020 NPA’s Team GRC is keeping watch on new Guidance and a new Interim Final Rule for the Paycheck Protection Loan Program. The SBA issued a new application form for the PPP Loans late on April 2, 2020, which replaces the […]