Are you getting calls from the SBA about repayment of your EIDL loan? They’ve got the RoboCallers in full force and if you haven’t started making payments on an EIDL loan, they’ll be calling soon. The payment structure is required to start after the department period, which for most people is already in place. So you should be making payments if you had one, but what if you can’t pay?
I also received an email from a viewer of our first video on EIDL Loans When You Can’t Pay, and his case his business had closed. It did not make it through COVID and he wasn’t able to stay alive in the business.
So we have some suggestions on what you can do to let the SBA know that you’re not going to be able to repay your EIDL loan. I’ll preface this by saying we haven’t received any guidance as I’ve seen from the SBA yet about how to let them know and what their process will be. But we wanna be proactive and make sure that we’re not hiding from them and will be upfront to let them know what’s going on.
The first suggestion I have is, to make sure your business is formally closed. That means if you’re an LLC or a corporation, you’re a separate entity from the person who owns the business. The business structure should be formally dissolved through the Secretary of State that says, the business doesn’t exist any longer and that also stops any legal actions against the business because it isn’t there.
Next, make sure that the final tax return has been filed for the business. If you have a separate entity that doesn’t get filed inside of your 10-40, then that tax return, if it’s not due yet, may be coming due soon. But remember that when you file the disillusion with the Secretary of State, for a corporate or partnership entity, that tax return is due two months and 15 days after the date of dissolution.
So you don’t actually get to wait until April or March of the following year to file that return. So get on, make sure it’s marked as a final return and that shuts down the IRS system to say this is an active business. If you file on your personal return, you will need to file this year’s return if there is, but there’s not really a formal way to close a business on your personal return.
Next, let’s send the SBA some correspondence to tell them. Now the SBA recommends that you email them, they don’t provide a physical address to mail to. So I’ll provide those email addresses in the link below and here at the end of our video.
What should you include in that correspondence? Well, the email should include first the facts, the date of the loan, the loan amount, and the SBA loan number. You should also include the formal name of your business (the legal name of your business), and its federal ID number.
Indicate in just a few sentences, not a soap opera, not a drama, but two or three sentences why your business closed. This is your chance to provide the sob story of why your business closed.
Perhaps you couldn’t get supplies because your supply chain dried up, perhaps you had no employees, perhaps your business is no longer needed. Indicate that in the letter, provide the date that the business formally closed.
Now, if you have a retail location I’d suggest marking the date that you were last in business in that retail location, that may be different than your disillusion date, it absolutely will be different. So include when you actually stopped doing business as well.
Lastly, the status of the businesses assets. So if your business had any machinery, computers, desks, anything like that and your loan was over $25,000, the assets of the business actually secured that loan. There is a UCC filing through the state that MARKSON says, these are collateral for the loan.
So you weren’t actually allowed to sell or dispose of any assets under the terms of the EIDL loan agreement without written permission from the SBA.
Now, I think that’s a little bit off the deep end because nobody would ever be able to get written permission in time to do anything to sell or dispose. So I know that in realistic terms, that didn’t happen for anybody and I’ve not seen it happen at all, except in the case of a refinance of another SBA loan along with an EIDL loan.
So make sure you tell them what happened to the assets.
If there were some, were they scrapped? Were they old and you just threw them away because it wasn’t worth keeping? Are they in a warehouse somewhere? Did you sell them to liquidate, to pay creditors?
Describe what happened to the assets, If indeed they are in a warehouse somewhere, technically the SBA could come pick them up and that is their collateral on the loan.
Now remember that if your loan was over $200,000, you have a personal guarantee. The personal guarantee does not collateralize your house or your land, it just means that they could come after you personally and your personal funds to pay that loan or get a judgment against you.
Now, that’s still, I think, a long way into the future before we get to those stages. So we’re not gonna deal a whole lot with that right now.
And one last thing I’ll suggest on the assets, remember that your bank accounts are technically assets of the business as well. Make sure that all your bank accounts have been formally closed at the bank and there is no money once that company is dissolved, it should have no assets at all.
What do you do with this email?
This magical email should be sent to the SBA Disaster Loan Servicing Center. There are two of these in the country, so I would suggest picking the one that’s closer to you or you may look on your loan documents to determine which servicing center you are under.
So for our East Coast Birmingham Disaster Loan Center, so the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, so Birmingham, and then D L S C, like Disaster Loan Servicing email@example.com.
The other service center in El Paso, Texas, that service center address is El Paso, D L S C. Again, like Disaster Loan Servicing firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com).
So good luck and keep us posted if you receive any correspondence back, we are tracking this throughout the country and trying to find out when the SBA gives some guidance as to what’s going to happen, to be able to guide everyone through this process.
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