COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 update from Citizens Bank of Kansas

September 21, 2020 - PPP Loan Update

Many PPP loans with CBK are approaching the six-month mark, which was the original first payment due date established in the CARES Act.  Since that time, Congress enacted the PPPFA (Payroll Protection Program Flexibility Act) which provides additional relief and extends the first payment due date for existing PPP loans.   Here are some important highlights for you:

  • The PPPFA makes it easier for borrowers to spend PPP loan proceeds and qualify for loan forgiveness by extending the "covered period" during which PPP loan proceeds must be spent to 24 weeks from the date of origination of the PPP loan or until December 31, 2020, whichever is earlier.
  • The PPPFA also makes it easier for borrowers to qualify for loan forgiveness by reducing the percentage of the PPP loan proceeds that must be spent on payroll costs from 75 to 60 percent.
  • The PPPFA extends the deadline for rehiring and restoring wages and salaries from June 30, 2020, to December 31, 2020.
  • The PPPFA gives borrowers up to 10 months AFTER their "covered period" ends (e.g., 10 months after the earlier of 24 weeks after the PPP loan proceeds are received from the lender or December 31, 2020) to apply for loan forgiveness.
  • The PPPFA extends the minimum maturity date on new PPP loans originated on or after June 5, 2020 (the date the PPPFA was enacted) from two to five years.

Please know that CBK will automatically extend the first payment due date on PPP loans to comply with the PPPFA.  You are not required to sign an extension or notify CBK of your desire to extend the first payment due. 

As we await word from Congress for a possible $150,000 forgiveness threshold, we have started working on forgiveness applications for loan amounts above $150,000. 

It would be helpful if you would let us know if you will not be submitting a forgiveness application (for example, you are choosing to take the 1% loan, have determined you will not satisfy certain forgiveness requirements, or your accountant has advised you not to seek the loan forgiveness).  Please email [email protected] if you will not seek forgiveness, or have any other questions about the loan forgiveness process.   Thank you.  

September 1, 2020 - PPP Loan Forgiveness Update:

The PPP loan forgiveness process is top-of-mind for many borrowers, and we want to keep you posted as we learn more about the SBA plans.  Here are a few highlights of recent developments: 

  • The SBA released the forgiveness software on August 10th but has already made changes.
  • A bill in Congress designed to set an automatic forgiveness threshold for loans under $150,000 has stalled.  Congress left for recess in mid-August without acting on the bill and won’t return until after Labor Day.  Best case scenario – if an agreement can be reached – is an October 1st vote.  We continue to be in contact with the Kansas Bankers Association and American Bankers Association to push for this much-needed threshold forgiveness.
  • You should contact your accountant to discuss any tax implications associated with the PPP loan forgiveness.  There may be more reasons to wait after having that discussion.
  • If your loan was issued on or before June 5, 2020, you have the flexibility to choose 24-weeks to spend the PPP funds, instead of the original 8-weeks.  The forgiveness period – time in which to spend the PPP funds – automatically extends to December 31, 2020.
  • The SBA issued an Interim Final Rule on August 24, 2020, which addresses forgiveness of lease payments which are paid to a related entity, and certain nonpayroll costs which can be included in the loan forgiveness application.  This will not affect many borrowers.

To give you an idea of what will be required to complete the forgiveness application, please refer to the information below.  In particular, the CBK Checklist will be useful in gathering documents for this process. 

Our advice to you is still to be patient as this system stabilizes.  CBK has tested the system with two forgiveness applications.  We are waiting for feedback from the SBA.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our PPP team at [email protected].  We’ll stay in touch as we learn more.  Thank you.  

August 24, 2020 - COVID-19 Update:

Due to multiple confirmed cases of Covid19 in multiple CBK branches, our lobbies will be temporarily closed.  We will continue to provide service through out drive-thru facilities.  If you have questions, need to speak with a loan officer, or need access to your safe deposit box, please call your local branch.  We apologize for the inconvenience.


July 24, 2020 COVID-19 Update:

SBA has issued a procedural notice informing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Lenders including CBK of the processes for submitting decisions on PPP loan forgiveness. The applications will be reviewed by the SBA and payment of the loan forgiveness amount determined by SBA.

The PPP Forgiveness Platform will go live and begin accepting Lender submissions on August 10, 2020; however, any other action by Congress with respect to the forgiveness process could delay that timeline. 

Note: There appears to be strong bi-partisan support for a streamlined PPP loan forgiveness process for business loans of $150,000 and under. CBK has been in contact with various trade groups regarding this much-need threshold, and we believe it is likely.  Therefore, CBK will start processing forgiveness applications above the threshold first until Congress has determined the terms of the next round of pandemic relief.

As always, please feel free to contact your CBK lender or [email protected] for more information.  

July 2, 2020 - COVID-19 Update:

June 15, 2020 - SBA Interim Ruling for PPP and Flexibility Act:

PPP Interim Final Rule Updated to Reflect Law Change on PPP Flexibility and a New Application Form for Borrowers. The Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury Department released an interim final rule to reflect changes made by H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act. SBA also published updated, streamlined application forms for borrowers and lenders to use for new PPP loans made on or after June 5, 2020. Highlights of the Interim Formal Rule include: 

1) changes the payroll portion of the forgiveness calculation from 75% to 60% and confirms that if borrowers use less than 60% towards payroll, they will still be eligible for partial loan forgiveness; 

2) extends the end date of the “covered period” for a PPP loan from June 30 to December 31, 2020; 

3) extends the loan forgiveness period from 8 weeks to 24 weeks (with an option to keep the 8 week forgiveness period for loans made prior to June 5th;

4) loans made prior to June 5th have the option to extend the loan maturity to 5 years – those loans made after June 5th will have a five-year maturity; and

5) clarifies that if a borrower submits its forgiveness application within 10 months of the end of the loan forgiveness period, the borrower will not have to make any payments on the loan before the SBA remits the forgiven amount to the lender.

‌ SBA is expected to issue additional revisions to its interim final rules on loan forgiveness and loan review procedures to address changes H.R. 7010 made to the PPP loan forgiveness requirements, as well as guidance on advance purchases of PPP. --Source:  Kansas Bankers Association

CBK will continue to monitor new rules and guidance from the SBA and keep you advised. 

PPP Application revised June 12, 2020

May 28, 2020 Loan Forgiveness under the PPP:

Many of you have been asking about the loan forgiveness plan under the Paycheck Protection Program.  The application form is now available BUT we urge you to be patient as there are so many changes on the horizon. Congress has introduced a bill entitled The Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act which would, among other things:

  • Extend the “covered period” under which small businesses can spend the loan proceeds from eight weeks to 24 weeks or until Dec. 31, 2020.
  • Remove the limits on loan forgiveness for small businesses that were unable to rehire employees, hire new employees or return to the same level of business activity as before the virus.
  • Strike the 25% cap to use PPP funds on nonpayroll expenses, such as rent, mortgage interest and utilities. Currently, small businesses must use at least 75% of the loan for payroll expenses to get maximum forgiveness.
  • Extend the loan terms for any unforgiven portions that need to be repaid from two years to five years, at 1% interest.
  • Give small businesses more time to rehire employees — until the end of enhanced unemployment benefits that were originally passed in the CARES Act on March 27.  (Source:  Andy Medici, Washington Business Journal) 

We WILL get you the information you need to apply for the forgiveness of the PPP loan.  We’re watching and reading everything we can find on this ever-changing legislation.  Again, we urge you to be patient and wait for more definitive information which is sure to come.   Thank you.

May 5, 2020 Citizens Bank of Kansas Announces Reopening Schedule:

Consistent with the Governor Kelly’s plan to gradually reopen businesses in Kansas during the COVID-19 pandemic, Citizens Bank of Kansas has implemented a plan to gradually reopen all banking operations by May 27, 2020. Highlights of the CBK plan are as follows:

May 4, 2020 - Drive-thru operations continue to serve customers. Several employees return to work at their            branches.

May 18, 2020 - Lobby will be open 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Monday through Friday; drive-thru operations continue as usual. Additional employees return to work at their branches.

May 27, 2020 - Lobby hours open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Drive-thru hours open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM through 5:30 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM through 12:00 PM. All employees return to work at their branches.

“Our highest priority in this time is to protect the health of our employees and customers,” said Jane Deterding, Chairman of Citizens Bank of Kansas. “As we gradually reopen our branches, we will take additional measures such as social distancing within the branches, attention to important hygiene practices, and providing face masks and gloves for our employees,” Deterding said.

April 16,2020 Updated Information on SBA Loans & Stimulus Payment:

SBA Loans:  We received the following notification from the SBA today:  “The SBA is currently unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program based on available appropriations funding.“  In other words, the $349B allocated for the PPP loans has been exhausted in 13 days.  The funds allocated for the Economic Impact Disaster Loans (EIDL) has also been used.  Congress is currently debating whether to add additional funding for these programs; we will monitor closely and keep you advised. 

If you have submitted an application to CBK, we will continue to review that information in anticipation of further funding for the PPP program.  These applications will have first priority if additional funding is allocated. 

Stimulus Payments:  We continue to receive a large volume of calls from our customers asking if their stimulus payment check has been deposited in their account.  We respectfully request that you utilize these options for information:

  • Online banking This tool will give you up-to-date information on your account and any deposits.
  • Telephone banking Another 24/7 tool to check your account balance.
  • IRS Portal This secure website allows you to get details on when you will receive your stimulus check. 

April 3, 2020 PPP Loan Information:

There has been much information in the news about COVID-19 disaster relief loans available under the Congressional legislation known as the CARES Act (the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act). The CARES Act is designed to help support businesses and families through the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Citizens Bank of Kansas is an authorized SBA lender and available to help your business with the relief available. 

The CARES Act expanded the SBA Section 7(a) loan program to create the “Paycheck Protection Program” (PPP), to support small businesses. We are encouraging all our small business borrowers who are impacted by COVID-19 to consider applying for a loan under this new program, which provides some critical benefits, including:

  1. Cash to cover select business expenses (such as employee salaries and payroll support, rent or mortgage and utilities payments, insurance premiums)
  2. 6 months of deferred loan payments
  3. Loan forgiveness (a portion, or possibly all, of your loan may be forgiven)

Key Points to Know:

  • Length of a PPP loan: 2 years
  • Interest rate on a PPP loan: 1.0%
  • Maximum dollar amount of a PPP loan: 2.5x of your average total monthly payroll costs of the business during the 1-year period before the loan is made. (For those in business less than one year, your payroll costs will be based on January and February 2020.) Payroll costs include salary, wage, vacation, parental, family, medical or sick leave, severance, health care benefits, and local taxes.
  • Last day to apply for a PPP loan: June 30, 2020

Required Documentation:

To apply, please fill out the application form and submit to [email protected], with the above documentation.

Here are additional resources on this program:

CBK cares and we are working to process applications as soon as possible.  Further questions?  Please email [email protected]

March 25, 2020 UPDATE:

We continue our efforts to assist our customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you are experiencing a hardship due to the pandemic, please contact your loan officer about the following relief plans:

  • Consumer loans:  our customers will soon be receiving a letter from our president Kyle Russell outlining payment deferment options for up to three months.  The letter includes a form to complete and return by mail, email, or in our drive-thru to utilize this relief.
  • Mortgage loans:  we are also offering 90-day relief for our home mortgage customers.  Please contact your mortgage lender to discuss the options.

We continue to offer full-service banking services through our drive-thru lanes. And our online and mobile banking platforms are other good options that allow you to bank from home.  If you are not already an online banking user, enroll now at https://www.citizensbankofkansas.com/Personal/OnlineServices/.

We’re happy to report that our staff remains virus free by practicing good hygiene habits and social distancing.  We appreciate your patience and understanding in these uncertain times.  We’re all in this together.

Be well.

March 17th, 2020 UPDATE:
Due to continuing developments with the COVID 19 virus, Citizens Bank of Kansas has decided to temporarily move to drive-thru only teller access beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  This decision is made to protect the health of our staff and customers by practicing social distancing.  Lobby entrance will be by appointment only.

You can check drive-thru hours of any of our locations from the drop-down menu at https://www.citizensbankofkansas.com/Community/Locations/

During this time, you can also access your accounts anywhere, anytime with our online and mobile banking tools and ATMs. If you haven’t already, please enroll in online banking and download our mobile app.   https://www.citizensbankofkansas.com/Personal/OnlineServices/

We will continue to provide the banking services you’ve grown to expect and trust. Let’s work to keep our communities healthy.  We’re all in this together.

March 13th, 2020 UPDATE:
It’s a strange time – facing a pandemic and the economic ramifications.  On behalf of the Management of Citizens Bank of Kansas, we want you to be aware of our plan to make sure your banking needs are met while we protect the health of our employees.

  • We will continuously monitor directives from public health organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), plus state and local agencies.  For the latest information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/.
  • We have a Pandemic Plan in place, which has been activated.  The primary goal of this plan is to give guidance to our employees to remain healthy and avoid the virus.  Encouraging healthy habits such as frequent handwashing and social distancing are key components.
  • We will proactively work with customers to utilize online resources, electronic channels, and ATMs.  While all banking functions cannot be completed electronically, the resources should be thoroughly investigated.
  • In the event COVID19 becomes widespread in south central Kansas, it may be necessary for us to limit teller transactions to the drive-thru lanes only.  We will provide notice of any such action in advance via notices in our branches, email, our website, and social media sites.

History shows that taking strong steps now to slow the spread of the virus will help communities and individuals.  We will continue to be good citizens for our communities as we work through this pandemic.  Thank you for choosing Citizens Bank of Kansas.  Be well. 

Jane Deterding
Chairman of the Board/Owner