Did you take on more debt by signing up for an EIDL loan? Have you been funded with 1, 2 or even 3 loans in the last 2 years? If so, please continue to read this very important message that I want to convey that you might not realize what you signed up for when you took on more debt from the SBA.I worked with one of my clients last week to learn about how the payback schedules are going to be kicking in. Most of my clients started receiving EIDL funds in 2020 and then some have taken 1 or 2 more loans. Each time, the government is deferring when your FIRST payment will be due.
SBA Loan – Gift or Burden?
How nice of the SBA to let you know that your loan(s) payments are being deferred for 12 or 24 months from your initial funding. Here’s the kicker…… your loans have been accruing interest from day 1 of receiving those funds. I learned that my client has accrued $14,500+ of interest on approximately $650K loan payoff. I also learned that until the accrued interest is paid off, we won’t touch the principal balance of the loan. Client’s interest is charged at $65.47/day until she is current. Oh, by the way, her first payment is not due until May of 2023 because the govt will defer another 12 months from her last funding. How nice of the SBA, or not???? Who is making money off your debt? Is it a gift or is it a burden?Steps to Find Your Accrued Interest
Think about that for a minute……If you have not looked into your EIDL loan and are just sitting back waiting for that deferred payment schedule to kick in; I would like to strongly encourage you to find out what the accrued interest amount is sitting on your account. Here are a few steps you can follow:
- Find the last email/letter from the SBA that is for the loan. This will be your original loan document or the last AMENDED notice for the loan.
- You can call the 800 number on that letter for help. What I learned walking through this process with my client is we went to this website: Capital Access Financial System (sba.gov).
- You will need to ENROLL by clicking the NOT ENROLLED link.
- You can create your login information. (This is a different site than where you originally signed up for the loan.)
- It’s very easy. But, again, if you need help, call the 800 number on the loan document that you have received.
- Once you get logged in, it will tell you what the total balance is including the accrued interest amount. This is what needs to be paid before you will start hitting the principal amount.
- You will also see when your first payment will be due.
Dirty Little SecretFrom my seat in the sandbox as a CASH FLOW expert, it’s important to create debt servicing strategies in line with how your cash flow can support them. Understanding how to manage cash flow takes more than just reading your Profit and Loss. You MUST understand the Balance Sheet that is tracking all your debt. How much you are posting to the principal portion of the loans are posting here. This money going out has NOTHING to do with your Net Profit/Loss.Proposed Solution
I would welcome the opportunity to help you create those debt servicing strategies from a proactive perspective; not reactive. We are continuing to offer our SWOT Package to help you know where you are currently with your cash flow. The good, the bad and the ugly. Here is a snapshot of what this package can offer: SWOT Packages | Get Total Cash Clarity | Centennial Revenue Mgmt (centennialrevenuemanagement.com).