SBA Form 159D "Fee Disclosure Form and Compensation Agreement"

What Is SBA Form 159D?

SBA Form 159D, Fee Disclosure Form and Compensation Agreement is a form used by business owners to indicate that they hired an agent for assistance with their Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan application

The latest version of the form was released by the SBA on October 1, 2018, with all previous editions obsolete. An ​updated SBA Form 159D​ fillable version is available for download and digital filing below. The previously used ​SBA Form 159 (7a)​ is no longer hosted on the SBA website.

Disaster loans are provided to businesses of all sizes as well as to private non-profit organizations, renters, and homeowners. This type of loan is used for replacing or repairing real estate, personal property, machinery, and equipment, along with any inventory and business assets that were damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster. To qualify for the disaster loan, the applicant has to be in an affected area as stated by a disaster declaration.

SBA Form 159, Fee Disclosure and Compensation Agreement

The SBA Form 159 is a form closely related to the SBA 159D. The purpose of both forms are similar, however, the SBA Form 159 is used in connection with the 7(a) and 504 loan programs. Depending on the program, the form requires the signatures of the SBA Lender or the Certified Development Company representative for certification.

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SBA Form 159D Instructions

There are several types of disaster loans. Victims of a disaster can apply for home and personal property loans. Business owners can apply for Business Physical Disaster Loans. If the business has suffered an economic injury regardless of the physical damage, the owner may qualify for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). If a small business is unable to meet its operating expenses because an essential employee is a military reservist called to active duty, the business owner can apply for a Military Reservists Economic Injury Loan for assistance with the operating expenses.

This SBA 159D should be filed if the applicant has hired any professional for assistance with an SBA disaster loan application. However, if the business owner uses the services of an accountant or any other professional in the normal course of business and not related to the loan, the form is not required. Filling guidelines and additional information can be found below.

How to Fill Out SBA Form 159D?

  1. The first two lines of the form require the applicant's own name and the name of their business. The applicant's name should be written as it appears on the loan application. If they applied with their business name, the business name line should be left blank.
  2. Next, the form requires the type of service the agent provided to the applicant. If the provided service is not on the list, the applicant has to check "Other" and name the service.
  3. The line below the service type chart requires the total amount the applicant paid for the agent's services. If this sum exceeds 500$ or 2500$ depending on the type of loan, the agent must provide the following information: the type of service, their hourly rate and the number of billed hours. This should be provided on a separate sheet and attached to the form.
  4. The next block of the form requires the agent's certification. The agent has to provide their personal name, business name and business address along with their phone number before signing and dating the form.
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OMB Control No: 3245-0201
Expiration Date: 08/31/2021
FEE DISCLOSURE FORM AND COMPENSATION AGREEMENT
For Agent Services In Connection With an SBA Disaster Assistance Loan
POLICIES AND REGULATIONS CONCERNING REPRESENTATIVES AND THEIR FEES
Purpose of this form: Section 13 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. § 642) requires that an SBA loan applicant
(“Applicant”) identify the names of persons engaged by or on behalf of the Applicant for the purpose of expediting
the application and the fees paid or to be paid to any such person. 13 C.F.R. Section 103.5 requires any Agent to
execute and provide to SBA a compensation agreement showing the compensation charged for services rendered or
to be rendered to the Applicant or lender in any matter involving SBA assistance. “Agent” includes a loan
packager, referral agent, broker, accountant, attorney, consultant or any other party that receives compensation from
representing an Applicant or lender in connection with an SBA loan. 13 C.F.R. Part 103 contains the rules
governing compensation of Agents in connection with a (either “Disaster” or “an SBA”) loan. These rules may be
found at:
https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=8cb6d33c1c24d7b61b9e97164a7109e3&mc=true&node=pt13.1.103&rgn=div5
SBA does not require an Applicant to engage the services of any Agent to file an application or close a loan. No
fees or compensation will be reimbursed or paid by SBA to any Agent. If an Applicant chooses to employ an
Agent, the compensation an Agent charges to and that is paid by the Applicant must bear a necessary and
reasonable relationship to the services actually performed and must be comparable to those charged by other
Agents in the geographical area. Compensation cannot be contingent on loan approval. In addition,
compensation must not include any expenses which are deemed by SBA to be unreasonable or that are prohibited
by SBA rules or SOP 50-30. If the compensation is determined by SBA to be unreasonable the Agent must reduce
the compensation to an amount SBA deems reasonable, refund to the Applicant any sum in excess of the amount
SBA deems reasonable, and refrain from charging or collecting directly or indirectly from the Applicant an
amount in excess of the amount SBA deems reasonable. If the compensation is not permitted by SBA rules or
SOP 50-30, the Agent must cancel the compensation, or refund to the applicant any portion the Applicant already
paid. Violation by an Agent of any of these rules may result in SBA’s suspension or revocation of the Agent’s
privilege of conducting business with SBA.
The following are not considered Agents for purposes of this form and, therefore, are not required to complete
this form: 1) Applicant’s accountant for the preparation of financial statements or tax returns required by the
Applicant in the normal course of business and not related to the loan application; 2) Any professional retained by
Applicant for services required by the Applicant in the normal course of business and not related to the
application or loan closing; and 3) Any attorney, title company, or escrow company retained in connection with
the SBA disaster loan closing. In addition, direct costs associated with document preparation in connection with
the loan closing do not need to be reported in this Agreement.
Instructions for completing this form: This form must be completed in connection with a loan application if the
Applicant has paid (or will be paying) compensation to an Agent in excess of the following amounts: $500 for a
disaster home loan; and $2500 for a disaster business loan. If the compensation exceeds these amounts, the Agent
must also provide an itemization and justification of the services performed.
There must be a separate, completed Agreement for each Agent compensated by the Applicant. If the
certifications are made by a legal entity other than an individual (e.g., corporation, limited liability company),
execution of the certification must be in the legal entity’s name by a duly authorized officer or other
representative of the entity; if by a partnership, execution of the certification must be in the partnership’s name by
a general partner.
Return completed form to: Disaster Processing and Disbursement Center at 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth,
TX 76155-2243 or Fax to 1-202-481-1505
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OMB Control No: 3245-0201
Expiration Date: 08/31/2021
FEE DISCLOSURE FORM AND COMPENSATION AGREEMENT
For Agent Services In Connection With an SBA Disaster Assistance Loan
POLICIES AND REGULATIONS CONCERNING REPRESENTATIVES AND THEIR FEES
Purpose of this form: Section 13 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. § 642) requires that an SBA loan applicant
(“Applicant”) identify the names of persons engaged by or on behalf of the Applicant for the purpose of expediting
the application and the fees paid or to be paid to any such person. 13 C.F.R. Section 103.5 requires any Agent to
execute and provide to SBA a compensation agreement showing the compensation charged for services rendered or
to be rendered to the Applicant or lender in any matter involving SBA assistance. “Agent” includes a loan
packager, referral agent, broker, accountant, attorney, consultant or any other party that receives compensation from
representing an Applicant or lender in connection with an SBA loan. 13 C.F.R. Part 103 contains the rules
governing compensation of Agents in connection with a (either “Disaster” or “an SBA”) loan. These rules may be
found at:
https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=8cb6d33c1c24d7b61b9e97164a7109e3&mc=true&node=pt13.1.103&rgn=div5
SBA does not require an Applicant to engage the services of any Agent to file an application or close a loan. No
fees or compensation will be reimbursed or paid by SBA to any Agent. If an Applicant chooses to employ an
Agent, the compensation an Agent charges to and that is paid by the Applicant must bear a necessary and
reasonable relationship to the services actually performed and must be comparable to those charged by other
Agents in the geographical area. Compensation cannot be contingent on loan approval. In addition,
compensation must not include any expenses which are deemed by SBA to be unreasonable or that are prohibited
by SBA rules or SOP 50-30. If the compensation is determined by SBA to be unreasonable the Agent must reduce
the compensation to an amount SBA deems reasonable, refund to the Applicant any sum in excess of the amount
SBA deems reasonable, and refrain from charging or collecting directly or indirectly from the Applicant an
amount in excess of the amount SBA deems reasonable. If the compensation is not permitted by SBA rules or
SOP 50-30, the Agent must cancel the compensation, or refund to the applicant any portion the Applicant already
paid. Violation by an Agent of any of these rules may result in SBA’s suspension or revocation of the Agent’s
privilege of conducting business with SBA.
The following are not considered Agents for purposes of this form and, therefore, are not required to complete
this form: 1) Applicant’s accountant for the preparation of financial statements or tax returns required by the
Applicant in the normal course of business and not related to the loan application; 2) Any professional retained by
Applicant for services required by the Applicant in the normal course of business and not related to the
application or loan closing; and 3) Any attorney, title company, or escrow company retained in connection with
the SBA disaster loan closing. In addition, direct costs associated with document preparation in connection with
the loan closing do not need to be reported in this Agreement.
Instructions for completing this form: This form must be completed in connection with a loan application if the
Applicant has paid (or will be paying) compensation to an Agent in excess of the following amounts: $500 for a
disaster home loan; and $2500 for a disaster business loan. If the compensation exceeds these amounts, the Agent
must also provide an itemization and justification of the services performed.
There must be a separate, completed Agreement for each Agent compensated by the Applicant. If the
certifications are made by a legal entity other than an individual (e.g., corporation, limited liability company),
execution of the certification must be in the legal entity’s name by a duly authorized officer or other
representative of the entity; if by a partnership, execution of the certification must be in the partnership’s name by
a general partner.
Return completed form to: Disaster Processing and Disbursement Center at 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth,
TX 76155-2243 or Fax to 1-202-481-1505
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Loan applicant name:
Business Name (if different from Loan Applicant):
System of Records Notification: Information obtained from this form is part of the Agency’s Privacy Act Systems of
Records (SOR), Disaster Loan Case Files – SBA 20 (and may become part of SBA’s System of Records for Suspension
and Debarment Files SBA 36”.) The information contained in the system of records may be used, disclosed, or referred as
a routine matter in certain circumstances, including:
To the Federal, State, local or foreign agency or professional organization which investigates, prosecutes or
enforces violations of statutes, rules, regulations or orders, or which undertakes procurement of goods or services,
when SBA determines that disclosure will promote programmatic integrity or protect the public interest.
To request information from a Federal, State or local agency or a private credit agency maintaining civil, criminal
or other information relevant to determining an applicant's suitability for a loan; this may be requested
individually or part of a computer match.
To other Federal agencies to conduct computer matching programs to locate delinquent SBA borrowers who are
receiving Federal salaries or benefit payments and programs to identify delinquent SBA borrowers receiving
federal salaries or benefit payments. Disclosure will be made if the records indicate the loan is in default, at least
30 days past due or to update a previous disclosure. SBA will make disclosures to obtain repayments of debts
under the provisions of the Debt Collection Act of 1982 by voluntary repayment, or administrative or salary offset
procedures.
See 74 FR 14890, 14911 (April 1, 2009) for additional routine uses.
Agent’s Agreement and Certifications: By signing this form, the undersigned Agent agrees that it has not and will
not directly or indirectly charge or receive any payment in connection with the application for or making of the SBA
loan except for services actually performed on behalf of Applicant and identified in this form. The undersigned Agent
certifies that the information provided in this form accurately describes the type of services it has provided to the
Applicant and that the compensation described in this form is the only compensation that has been charged to or
received from the Applicant or that will be charged to the Applicant for services covered by this form. The
undersigned Agent further certifies that neither it nor any of the principals of its organization are presently debarred,
suspended, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible or voluntarily excluded from participation in this transaction
by any Federal department or Agency. WARNING: False certifications can result in criminal prosecution under
18 U.S.C. § 1001 and other penalties provided under law.
Type of services Agent provided to applicant:
□ Loan packaging
□ Financial statements or tax
□ Legal services performed
□ Other (describe):
returns prepared specifically for
specifically for loan closing
the application
Total compensation charged to applicant: $________________________
If the compensation exceeds $500 for a disaster home loan or $2500 for a disaster business loan, the Agent must attach
a separate schedule itemizing 1) services performed, and 2) the hourly rate and the number of hours billed for that
service.
Agent Name and Signature:
By ______________________________________
__________
(Signature of agent)
(Date)
_____________________________________________
____________________
(Name of agent – please print)
(Phone number of Agent)
____________________________________________________________________
(Business name of agent – please print)
_____________________________________________________________________
(Business address of agent including zip code)
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Applicant’s certification: The undersigned Applicant certifies to SBA that the above representations and amounts are
the only amounts paid (or that will be paid) by the Applicant in connection with the services covered by this form and are
satisfactory to the Applicant. The Applicant further certifies that a separate compensation agreement (SBA Form 159D)
False certifications can
has been executed for all Agents, as defined above, involved with this loan. WARNING:
result in criminal prosecution under 18 U.S.C. § 1001 and other penalties provided under law.
____________________________________
By
:________________________________________
_____________
(Applicant’s name)
(Signature of authorized representative, if applicable)
(Date)
______________________________________
___________________________________________
(Applicant’s name -- please print)
(Name of authorized representative – please print)
PLEASE NOTE: The estimated burden for completion of this Form 159D is 5 minutes per response. You are not required to respond to this information collection
unless it displays a currently valid OMB approval number. Comments or questions on the burden estimate should be sent to U.S. Small Business Administration, Chief,
Administrative Information Branch, Washington, D.C. 20416, and Desk Officer for SBA, Office of Management and Budget, New Exec. Office Building, Room
10202, Washington, D. C. 20503. (3245-0201). PLEASE DO NOT SEND FORMS TO THESE ADDRESSES.
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