Pennsylvania Business Owner Being Forced to Pay Back PPP Loan Because Bank Overextended

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A report by WPIX-TV has revealed a small Pennsylvania business is being forced to pay back part of the PPP loan it received from PNC Bank after it was forgiven. According to WPIX-TV, Clean Day Housekeeping’s PPP loan was forgiven by the bank. However, the owners were told PNC Bank overextended itself, resulting in the action the bank is taking to recoup the money.

Forced to Pay Part of Forgiven PPP Loan

Jessie Belonzie, co-owner of Clean Day Housekeeping, told WPIX-TV she was, “Dumbfounded. Just completely dumbfounded.” And understandably so because her business will now have to pay part of the $31,500 back.

Belonzie told WPIX-TV, “If you take out a loan on your house, they don’t come back a year later and say we changed our mind on how this is going to be paid back.”

The only explanation the owners have received from the bank so far is, “The money was given to banks, and they may have over-given or promised funding to businesses like ours. And now they’re trying to recoup that.”

This case is especially disturbing because there are millions of small businesses that have had their PPP loans forgiven. And while many of these small businesses are still struggling to get out of the crisis brought on by the pandemic, the last thing they need is a bank telling them they must pay back some of the forgiven loan amounts.

PPP Loan Forgiveness

According to the SBA’s September Forgiveness Platform Lender Submission Metrics, 6,739,872 or 59% of businesses have submitted forgiveness applications. And to date, 6,495,213 or 56% of them have been fully or partially forgiven.

The good news is the vast majority of businesses have applied for 2020 PPP loans. However, there are millions more that have yet to apply for forgiveness in 2021. The SBA’s September report states, around 5 million businesses haven’t made the submission for forgiveness.

If you have received PPP loans for your small business, make sure to apply for forgiveness. If you have followed the rules for the loan, you can have all or part of the loan forgiven. Visit the Direct Forgiveness SBA website to make your submission.

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  1. Thank you for running this story. Bad publicity is probably the only way PNC will stop trying to make this small business pay for their mistake.

  2. I think the situation is getting complicated day by day, hope everything will be good.

  3. Very simple. Do not pay anything back. You have done everything legally to apply and get forgiveness and received it. I would even transfer all funds from account and close it so bank won’t hold any of your funds. Although legally they can’t, they may still try to.