What is SBA Form 912, and Do You Need to Complete It?
Since the SBA uses this form as part of its assessment of your eligibility for any small business loan that they back, familiarizing yourself with this form is critical. If you’re currently in the process of applying for an SBA loan, keep reading to learn more about the SBA Form 912 so that you can determine if you’ll need to complete it.
Everything You Need to Know About SBA Form 912:
Do I Need to Complete SBA Form 912?
Any small business owner who’s applying for an SBA loan could be required to fill out this form. However, if you don’t have a criminal record or any sort of criminal history, you may not be asked to complete it.
That said, different lenders have their own procedures, so while one lender may require you to complete SBA Form 912, another might not. Your best bet is to ask your lender if they need you to fill out the form, so that you’ll be prepared if necessary.
If you’re asked to submit the form, keep in mind that certain people in your company could be required to complete it as well. Here’s who the SBA says must fill out the form, depending on your business structure:
- For a sole proprietorship, only the owner will need to complete the form.
- If you’re in a partnership, all general partners, any limited partner with 20 percent or more equity, and any partner involved in managing the business will be asked to fill out form 912.
- Own a corporation? Then all owners of who have 20 percent or more of the corporation will need to complete the form, in addition to every officer and director.
- For limited liability companies (LLCs), all members who own 20 percent or more of the company, each officer, director, and managing member will be asked to submit the form.
- Any person hired by the business to manage day-to-day operations.
- Any trustor if the business is owned by a trust.
- Any individual acting as a loan guarantor
What Information is Included on Form 912?
If you’d like, you can view Form 912 on the SBA website. Although the form is important for assessing your program eligibility, it’s relatively short. You’ll have to provide a few personal details about yourself (such as if you’re a United States citizen), your ownership percentage, and your lender’s information. You’ll also be asked to include the loan amount that you applied for.
Next, you’ll need to provide the following details about your criminal history:
- If any formal criminal charges are currently being brought against you.
- If you’ve been arrested in the past six months for a criminal offense.
- If you’ve been convicted, plead guilty or no contest, been placed on parole, or pretrial diversion.
How Should I Answer Criminal History Questions on Form 912?
Of course, to start, you should answer questions regarding your criminal history truthfully, even if you don’t think that it’s pertinent to your role as a business owner. Any information you provide can be verified, so being dishonest will result in your application being denied. According to Form 912, you may also face criminal charges for lying on your application.
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you’ll need to provide details including dates, location, fines, sentences, court documentation, and other information about the crime or criminal charges. Also, depending on your answers, you may be required to take a background check.
It’s important to note that if you answer “yes” to question #7 on this form, you’ll be disqualified from receiving an SBA loan. This is because the SBA doesn’t supply loans to individuals who are currently
Conclusion: Be Honest and Thorough When Completing SBA Form 912
If you have a criminal history, don’t let the Form 912 prevent you from applying for a loan. A criminal history won’t automatically disqualify you from SBA loan programs. Of course, answering yes to any questions on Form 912 reduces your chances of qualifying, but your application won’t be automatically denied.
Do you have more questions about completing Form 912? Let us know in the comment section below!
Editor’s Note: This post was updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in June 2019.
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