A key deadline for organizations that received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan is fast approaching. The PPP has a safe harbor for bringing back Full Time Equivalent (FTE) headcount that is measured on Dec. 31, 2020. Employee headcount is vital to determining PPP loan forgiveness applicability since the purpose of the COVID-19 stimulus program was to help organizations retain their employees. Organizations looking to take advantage of the safe harbor will have to be mindful of their FTE numbers, particularly when completing their PPP loan forgiveness application, which also has stringent timeline guidance. PPP loan forgiveness applications must be submitted to the PPP lender within 10 months of the end of the Covered Period (an 8-week or 24-week tracking period of the PPP loan).