What is the Employee Retention Credit?

The Employee Retention Credit is a refundable tax credit included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020. The program helps employers offset the cost of retaining employees by providing a payroll tax break.

Who is eligible for the credit?

To be eligible for the credit, your business must have:
• Experienced a full or partial suspension of operations due to a federal, state, or local government order.
• Had a decline in gross receipts of more than 50% when comparing any quarter in 2020 to the same quarter in 2019. Or a 20% decline for 2021 compared to the same quarter in 2019.
• Less than 500 employees.

How much credit could I claim?

For 2020, the credit is 50% of qualified wages paid to employees between March 12, 2020, and December 31, 2020, up to $10,000. For 2021, the tax credit is up to $7,000 per employee per quarter for the 1st through 3rd quarter.

How do I claim the employee retention tax credit?

The credit is claimed on the employer’s quarterly payroll tax return (Amended Form 941x). For employers who pay wages semi-weekly, the credit is claimed on the first return filed after the end of the 2nd quarter.

Do I qualify for the ERC if I received the Payment Protection Program Loan (PPP)?

Yes. The Employee Retention Credit and the Payment Protection Program were different programs. The PPP was a loan provided to small businesses to help them keep them from going under during the pandemic. The ERC is a tax credit available to companies that continued to employ workers during that period. So, you can apply for the ERTC even if you received a PPP loan.

Didn’t the ERC expire?

Yes, but despite the October 1, 2021 expiration date, businesses have three years to file for a retroactive ERC refund which is a July 31st 2023 deadline.

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