I had W2 and also 1099 income in 2019 and 2020. Am I eligible for a PPP loan? 

In this 2 minute read:

  • Can I get a PPP loan if I had both W2 and 1099 income in 2019 and 2020?
  • How do I get a second draw PPP loan if I got one last year?
  • Additional PPP resources for self-employed/contractors/gig workers/1099 employees

The Paycheck Protection Program has received significant updates for 2021, including a simpler application form, more business types eligible for PPP loans, additional expenses allowed, and the new PPP second-draw loans for businesses that got PPP funding in 2020. One of the most common questions we hear is from people who had both a full-time job as well as side-hustle/1099 or contract or freelance work the past couple of years. Let’s go over some key points.

Contract workers, gig workers, drivers, and self-employed people can qualify for up to $41,666 in forgivable PPP loans! We built Fast Lane as a simple, 5 minute process to help you get your PPP application submitted ASAP. Start your free PPP application now!

I had W2 income as well as 1099 income in 2019 and 2020. Can I qualify for a PPP loan? 

Yes, if you had ANY 1099 or other self-employed income in 2019 or 2020 you should definitely apply for a PPP loan. Receiving other forms of income (e.g., from an employer or passive income source or investments) does not disqualify you from getting a PPP loan. You can get forgivable PPP funding and that can make a big difference for a lot of people in a lot of situations.

If I have independent contractor or side hustle or gig work income and got a PPP loan in 2020, can I get a second draw PPP loan in 2021?

If you qualified for a PPP loan and used the funds in the appropriate manner, you can apply for a PPP second draw loan as long as you meet the eligibility requirements for a second draw PPP loan. Basically:

  • You have to have fewer than 300 employees; and
  • You have to show evidence that you have used your PPP funding for approved expenses and payroll costs, or will have used them by the time you receive your second draw loan funds; and
  • You have to demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in revenue in at least one quarter in 2020 compared to 2019. More details on calculating a 25% loss here


The SBA provides that a borrower that was in operation in all four quarters of 2019 is deemed to have experienced the required revenue reduction if it experienced a reduction in annual receipts of 25 percent or greater in 2020 compared to 2019 and the borrower submits copies of its annual tax forms substantiating the revenue decline. 

So basically if your 1099 forms, receipts 1040 Schedule C, etc. for your 2020 tax return show a 25% revenue decline compared to 2019, this is good enough to qualify for a second draw PPP loan.

For more details check out our FAQ guide: How to apply for Second Draw PPP Loans.

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Additional PPP loan resources for independent contractors, gig workers, self-employed individuals

Here are some additional resources to help you get educated about getting your PPP loan. 

See our full independent contractor PPP FAQ

1099s, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals can qualify for up to $41,666 in PPP stimulus funding. PPP Fast Lane simplifies the application process!

Contractors, gig workers, sole proprietors, and eligible self-employed individuals can qualify for up to $41,666 in forgivable PPP loans for 2021! We built Fast Lane for you.

  • Simple, five minute data collection process
  • Guides you through every step along the way
  • Automated first and second draw loan applications
  • Automated first and second draw forgiveness applications

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