Private Sector Payroll Protection Program for Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rico Treasury Department has recently announced new incentives for the private sector through a new round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for small businesses, providing more than $350 million to help mitigate the deep financial impact of the COVID-19 emergency.



    • Private employer;
    • Less than 500 employees;
    • Annual gross income of $10,000,000 or less;
    • Must have been in operation on March 15, 2020, with employees for whom it paid salaries and payroll taxes;
    • Be duly registered in the Merchants Registry;
    • Have incurred or planned to incur in necessary expenditures related to the COVID-19 emergency and maintain documentation that demonstrates the expenses;
    • Confirm that funds under PPP will be used for expenses not covered or reimbursed, and will not be covered in the future, by other state, federal, or private programs;
    • Retain employment levels at the same level on the date of application under this Program for no less than eight (8) weeks after receipt of funds from this Program.
    • Have not participated in the PPP of the SBA or plan to participate in the future


    • Employees salary, wages, commissions, or similar compensation;
    • Cash tips or the equivalent (based on employer records of past tips, or, in the absence of such records, a reasonable, good-faith employer estimate of such tips);
    • Payment for vacation, parental, family, medical, or sick leave; and
    • Payment for the provision of employee benefits consisting of group health care coverage, including insurance premiums, and retirement.


    • Necessary expenses covered or reimbursed, or will be covered in the future, by another state, federal, or private insurance programs that the Applicant may have;
    • Any compensation of employee whose principal residence is outside PR;
    • Compensation of an employee in excess of an annual salary of $100,000, prorated as necessary;
    • Federal employment taxes imposed or withheld, including the employee’s and employer’s share of FICA and Railroad Retirement Act taxes, and income taxes required to be withheld from employees;
    • Qualified sick and family leave wages for which a credit is allowed under sections 7001 and 7003 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
    • Employee bonuses;
    • Severance pay; and
    • Executive bonuses, debt refinancing, or other expenses that are determined to be unnecessary for continued operations in the COVID-19 environment.


    • Non-Profits are eligible for the program if the organization is duly certified by the Puerto Rico Department of Treasury.
    • If the business started operating after March 31, 2019= Q2 Net Income for 2019 will be substitute by the Net Income from the first three months of operations at 2019.
    • If the business started operating between December 31, 2019 and March 31, 2020, it should only calculate the Industry and Employee Reduction.




Program Guidelines – Published September 13, 2020

Source: Private Sector Payroll Protection Program (PPP)




PPP Grant Calculation Example: Manufacturing Business with 45 Employees
Q-2, 2019 Net Income = $5,000,000 versus Q-2, 2020 Net Income = $500,000
Total awarded Federal Funds, including Federal SBA PPP = $1,000,000



Online Application Instructions




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