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SBA Adjusts Small Business Size Standards for Inflation Effective August 19, 2019


The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently issued an interim final rule “adjusting the monetary-based industry size standards (i.e., receipts- and assets-based) for inflation that has occurred since the last adjustment in 2014.”

According to the SBA, “[a] number of businesses may have lost small business eligibility for Federal assistance under SBA’s monetary-based industry size standards simply because of inflation-led revenue growth that has occurred since the 2014 adjustment.” This interim final rule—which will take effect on August 19, 2019—“aims to reinstate those firms’ small business eligibility for Federal assistance.”

The following table, which is set forth in the interim final rule, “summarizes the results of the inflation adjustment for 16 different receipts-based size standard levels, ranging from $0.75 million to $38.5 million, as well as one assets-based size standard of $550 million.”

Table 1 - Inflation Adjustment to Monetary-Based Size Standards
Table 1 – Inflation Adjustment to Monetary-Based Size Standards / Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 138 / Thursday, July 18, 2019 / Rules and Regulations pg. 34263

Notably, the adjustment for inflation “applies to all monetary-based industry size standards, including the $750,000 receipts-based size standard for agricultural industries, which was previously set by statute.”

While the interim final rule will take effect on August 19, 2019, the SBA has stated that it will accept comments on the rule until September 16, 2019.

If you have any questions about this noteworthy development, please do not hesitate to contact Aron Beezley.

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