Congress fails to pass SBA Recovery Act – Old Rules Apply


On a vote of 57-41, the U.S. Senate defeated legislation that would have keep the increased guarantees and fee waivers in place for another year. While lending to small business has been difficult at best, the return to the old rules will mean even fewer deals get done, since the banks will have more risk.

For working capital (7a) loans less than $150,000, banks will receive an 85% guarantee and will charge a 2% fee on the guaranteed portion. From $150,001 to $700,000 the guarantee is 75% and the fee is 3%. Loans above that amount will be 75% guaranteed with a 3.5% fee.

For SBA Express loans, the cap is$350,000 with a 50% guarantee and a 2% fee.

Most banks will allow rolling these additional fees into the loan.

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