Obama Proposes Temp Increase in SBA Cap
President Obama has proposed temporarily increasing the cap on SBA Express loans from $350,000 to $1 million in the latest effort to jump-start business lending.
The Express loans are currently capped at $350,000 and carry a 50% guarantee. Fees would cover virtually all of the added costs of this proposal, the SBA said.
The president has also proposed expanding the SBA's 504 program to temporarily support refinancing for owner-occupied commercial real estate loans. businesses with a loan maturing in the next year that are current on all loan payments will be eligible through the 504 program. Credit unions and other lenders that are refinancing mortgages for existing customers will make a loan for up to 70% of the current property value and SBA will help finance the remaining 20%, the SBA said. For new lenders taking on a refinancing project, SBA will take on a greater share of financing, up to 40% SBA's proposal for a temporary, zero-subsidy CRE refinancing program would be funded through additional fees for refinancing projects, not through a Congressional appropriation, the agency said adding the proposal will help refinance up to $18.7 billion each year in commercial real estate that might otherwise be foreclosed and liquidated.
As part of his overall small business agenda, Obama has proposed extending expensing and bonus depreciation and eliminating capital gains taxes for 2010. A small business jobs and wages tax credit would cut taxes for more than 1 million small businesses by paying up to $5,000 for every net new job and covers payroll taxes on overall wage increases in excess of inflation. There is also a proposal to transfer, through legislation, $30 billion to a new small business lending fund that will support lending by community and smaller banks.
Additional SBA lending proposals are an extension of the Recovery Act programs that eliminate fees and raise guarantees on SBA's two largest loan programs and permanent increases in the maximum loan sizes for the agency's major programs.