According to the SBA, you must gather all of the following 8a application documents:8a application documents for certification approval

  • Your firm’s signed and dated federal tax returns over the past three years (must include all schedules and attachments)
  • Your personal signed and dated federal tax returns for the past three years (must include all schedules and attachments)
  • Your firm’s financial statements for the past three years
  • Your firm’s balance sheet and profit and loss statements for the past three years (include  most recent, current within 90 days of your application
  • List of all federal, non-federal and private sector contracts for the past two years
  • Lease agreements
  • Proof of signature authority on firm bank account(s) (signature card(s) for firm bank account(s) and/or letter from the bank)
  • Documented proof of contributions used to acquire ownership (for each owner)
  • Documented proof of any transfer of assets to/from the firm
  • Documented proof of any transfer of assets to/from any of its owners over the past two years
  • State filings (signed, dated and stamped by the state where the firm does business)
  • Governing documents, signed by the principals
    • Bylaws, operating agreements, partnership agreements
    • Meeting minutes
    • Stock certificates and ledgers
  • For majority owners and firm managers:
  • Background information and personal information for all principals:
  • Financial information for all principals:
    • Signed and dated personal tax returns for the last three years (must include all schedules and attachments)
    • Completed personal financial statement form (from individual and spouse)
    • List of all assets, liabilities, real estate and other personal property, including transferred assets
    • Information on delinquent federal obligations, past due taxes or liens, bankruptcy filings and pending civil lawsuits
    • List of SBA loans for firm and other businesses owned by the principal(s)
  • Principals include:
    • owner(s) of more than 10%
    • officers
    • directors
    • members
    • partners
    • key employees
  • Be sure to understand the requirements to determine which principals need to submit background, personal, or financial information.

As you compile you SBA 8a application documents, you want to make sure that there are no inconsistencies, confliction information or untruthful information.

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