The Paycheck Protection Program, included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, authorizes up to $349 billion toward job retention and other operating expenses to help small businesses continue to pay their workers, despite the financial instability caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Paychex, Inc., a leading provider of HR, payroll, benefits, and insurance solutions, has packaged the data customers need to quickly apply for the forgivable loan program. Since the Small Business Administration (SBA) began accepting applications on April 3, Paychex has provided 250,000 businesses with its new Paycheck Protection Program report.
Paycheck Protection loans, which are provided through SBA-approved lenders, are available to small business borrowers to cover payroll and other operating costs. Included among the application requirements is specific documentation related to payroll.
“The Paycheck Protection Program offers the financial means for businesses to pay their workers during this time of uncertainty due to the coronavirus,” said Martin Mucci, Paychex president and CEO. “Within days of the CARES Act being announced, we quickly updated our technology platform to provide businesses with a simple and consolidated new report. It includes required payroll information so they can quickly apply for support through the SBA loan program. This is the latest testament to our ongoing commitment to helping businesses get through this challenging time by providing them the support and solutions they need to navigate the impacts of COVID-19.”
The Paycheck Protection Program report is available to all Paychex customers, including customers of Paychex subsidiaries SurePayroll, Oasis, and Advanced Partners.
“I’m extremely proud of how fast our IT, product, marketing, risk, and service teams mobilized to bring this valuable report to our customers,” Mucci added. “More than 1,400 dedicated service employees from across the country have been working around the clock, from their homes, to ensure our delivery of this critical data package to customers, making this one of the busiest stretches of 24/7 calls, online chats, emails, and social media queries in our company’s history. Nearly 75 percent of the reports were produced proactively and shared with clients we know have faced significant operational and workforce challenges due to COVID-19. Virtually every customer who has requested the report to date has received it, and any customer utilizing our Paychex Flex® platform can log in to run the report when they are ready. Additionally, we’ve already proactively run and distributed 95,000 reports for our non-online customers, should they need them.”