ERTC: Employee Retention Tax Credit

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We answer the most common questions and misunderstandings about the employee retention tax credit.

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Employee Retention Credit Pause of IRS Refunds

IRS ERC Moratorium Updates

You're likely seeking information about the IRS's recent freeze on new Employee Retention Credit claims. Amidst possible fraudulent claims, the agency is enforcing compliance checks, causing delays. If you've already filed, don't fret. Your claim is still in the queue.

It should be noted, that despite the temporary ERC pause by the IRS, LINQQ’s and ERC Specialists continue to submit files and assist businesses in applying for the Employee Retention Credit.

This will ensure that their clients will be at the front of the line when processing resumes. The program is still active, and the IRS is still accepting ERC submissions.

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If you are making an ERTC claim for the year 2020, you can receive 50% of the qualified wages of your full-time workers quarterly.

Total wages considered are capped in 2020 at $10,000 per employee. Therefore, the highest credit you will receive per employee is $5,000.

For the year 2021, you can receive 70% of the qualified wages of your full-time workers quarterly for Quarter 1, Quarter 2, and Quarter 3.

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What is the Employee Rentention Credit (ERC)?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Ac, signed into law on March 27, 2020, included two programs to assist businesses with keeping workers employe: Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) administered by the Internal Revenue Service and the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) administered by the Small Business Administration.

How is ERTC different from the Payroll Protection Program(PPP)?

PPP funds are not taxable as revenue and you may still take deductions for the payroll covered by PPP. The funds from the PPP are distributed based on 2.5 months of payroll and a minimum of 80% of the funds must be used on payroll to be eligible for forgiveness.

ERTC tax credits, however, are credits (or refunds) for a percentage of payroll in each quarter that you qualify. There are specific rules for determining eligibility by quarter, and limiting the dollars that can be claimed for each employee.

If I Received Funds from the PPP, Do I Still Qualify for the ERTC?

The short answer is “Yes”. You can claim ERTC even if you received PPP funds. In March of 2021, The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 created expansions  and modifications to existing criteria of Employee Retention Tax Credit.

Businesses that received PPP funds could now also claim ERTC  tax credits. ERTC credits can be retroactively claimed for businesses that qualified in 2020. The ERTC qualification period was extended through 9/30/21 with lower eligibility requirements.

The refundable credit amount increased from 50% of qualifying wages in 2020 to 70% in 2021. The per-employee cap on qualifying wages was increased from $10,000 for all of 2020 to $10,000 per quarter for the first 3 quarters of 2021.

How Do I Apply for the Employee Retention Tax Credit and My CPA Do This?

Unlike the Payroll Protection Program,  there is technically no application process for the Employee Retention Tax Credits. You would simply claim the ERC tax credit like any other tax credit by asserting to the IRS that you can legally claim the credit.

Whether your tax accountant is a CPA or EA, they most likely only prepare Federal and State Income Tax Returns. However, ERTC credits are claimed against Employment Taxes on Form 941, and cash advanced through Form 7200.

The ERC program is quite complex, which one of the main reasons most CPA's do not mention or attempt the claim process. It is also the reason most businesses pursued the PPP loan instead.

For prior quarters, you must file an amended form (the Form 941-X) to reduce your current quarter’s tax contribution. Also, you must request a refund of excess credits.

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