By Gerri Detweiler –
If your business received an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) or Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, you may have determined it isn’t a good fit for your small business for any number of reasons:
• You just wanted the EIDL grant and not an EIDL loan
• You didn’t understand the loan terms when you applied
• You can’t use the EIDL funds or PPP funds the way you hoped
• You don’t think most of your PPP loan will be eligible for forgiveness
• You aren’t sure your business will survive to be able to repay a loan
Whatever the reason, you may want to pay your EIDL or PPP loan back. How do you do that? It can definitely be confusing! Click To Tweet
EIDL Loan Repayment
The website you can use to repay your EIDL loan can be found at Pay.gov.
You must have your 10-digit loan number and a payment amount in order to pay it back. There is no prepayment penalty but it is possible a minimal amount of interest has accrued from the time the loan was disbursed. In addition, you’ll have to pay back the UCC filing fee of $100 if one applies to your loan. (UCC-1 filings apply to EIDL loans greater than $25,000.)
Request a payoff amount before you submit your payment by contacting either:
• The Service Office listed on your monthly 1201 Borrower Statement, OR,
• The Disaster Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 if you have not yet received a 1201 Borrower Statement
You will be able to pay by:
• Bank account (ACH)
• PayPal account
• Debit card
Here’s what the repayment form looks like:
Tip: Always make sure you are on the secure Pay.gov website when you make a payment! Look for the padlock in the URL bar of the page that you can click on to confirm you are on a secure site.
Keep good records of any payments you make and when you made them; take screenshots if necessary.
Note that if you did get an EIDL loan for more than $25,000, it’s a good idea to check your business credit reports to make sure the SBA releases the UCC-1 filing. UCC filings can impact your ability to qualify for another small business loan.
If you just want to pay back some of the loan early but not all of it, you’ll use the same form.
EIDL Grant Repayment
Remember that borrowers generally don’t have to repay an EIDL grant. These grants were given in increments of $1000 (up to $10,000) and should have been deposited into your bank account with the notation EIDG (with the “g” for “grant”). Until the IRS says otherwise, these funds may be taxable but it’s still free money for your business.
However, if you did not fill out your application truthfully, did not apply in good faith, or you discovered your business really didn’t need the money, for example, you may want to return your grant as well. The SBA specifies that you should not use the information above to submit a payment for an EIDL Grant. Instead, contact the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 or DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov for payment instructions.
PPP Loan Repayment
Paycheck Protection Program loans were made by lenders, not by the Small Business Administration. You must pay your loan back to your lender, not to the SBA. Contact your lender to ask for instructions for returning your PPP loan.
About the Author: Credit expert Gerri Detweiler is Education Director for Nav. She has more than three decades of experience in consumer credit education, has been interviewed in more than 3,500 news stories, and answered over 10,000 credit questions online. Her articles have been widely syndicated on sites such as MSN, Forbes, and MarketWatch. She is the author or coauthor of five books, including Finance Your Own Business: Get on the Financing Fast Track. She has testified before Congress on consumer credit legislation.
This article originally appeared on Nav.com.