Take advantage of the Employee Retention Credit
Many small businesses were negatively affected by COVID-19. The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) was developed to compensate for retaining employees even when business slowed down. Part of the 2020 CARES Act and extended by the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act, the ERC encouraged businesses to keep employees on their payroll by offering a tax credit of up to $26,000. internet Accountant can help business owners like you take advantage of this credit.
Does Your Business Qualify?
You can qualify for the credit based on wages paid in 2020 and 2021, event if you were a start-up. There are two ways to qualify for the ERC:
- Your business suffered a significant revenue drop in 2020 or 2021 because of the COVID pandemic.
- Your daily operations were affected by restricted business from a mandate or supply chain interruption.
Employers can claim up to $26,000 per employee. The claim process is complicated, and often requires filing amended tax returns. Partner with internet Accountant rather than doing it yourself or trusting a third-party scheme.
Working With internet Accountant (iA)
You have a business to run. Claiming your Employee Retention Credit is a multi-step process. It can be difficult to even calculate whether you qualify, and there are severe penalties for mistakes. Our iA team has the skills and experience to do this right, from calculating your eligibility to filing claims and amended tax returns. Contact us today to determine if your business qualifies.
Beware of Third-Party ERC Schemes
Use a reputable company like iA to help you claim your Employee Retention Credit. As the IRS noted in this article, avoid companies that:
- Only file claims – just one part of the process
- Charge a percentage of your credit – not aligned with your interests or effort required
- Don’t have an established track record – still available years from now if you’re audited
internet Accountant will be there with you every step of the way – now and in the future.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We know you have questions, and the iA team is here to help. Here are some of the questions we’re often asked about ERCs. This is a very complicated process, and your unique business situation may impact your eligibility. There are additional details and requirements that we can discuss with your during your complimentary ERC consultation.
How do I know if my business qualifies?
Eligibility requirements are complicated, but you must meet these two criteria:
- Employer eligibility – You must have carried on a trade or business during 2020 or 2021, and experienced a full or partial suspension of operations, or substantial decline in revenue, during any calendar quarter due to COVID-19.
- Employee eligibility – You must have paid qualified wages to one or more employees during the period in which your business qualified for the ERC.
I received a PPP loan or EIDL. Does that impact my ERC credit?
Receiving a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan may impact your eligibility for the Employee Retention Credit. Simply put, you cannot use the same wages to calculate both the ERC and PPP loan forgiveness. EIDLs don’t typically impact ERC eligibility.
How is my credit calculated?
The ERC is calculated based on qualified wages paid to eligible employees during the period in which your business qualified for the credit. The credit is equal to a percentage of qualified wages paid during the calendar quarter, up to a maximum amount per employee.
- 2020 – 50% of up to the first $10,000 of eligible wages for the year
- 2021 – 70% of the first $10,000 of eligible wages for the first three quarters.
The amount of qualified wages that can be used to calculate the credit may vary depending on the size of the employer.
Why should I work with internet Accountant vs. another company, or doing it myself?
iA can provide expert guidance on the complex tax rules and regulations surrounding the credit, help you calculate and claim the credit, file all paperwork and amended tax returns, and provide general tax planning advice. We are ERC experts, and will be around years from now if the IRS decides to audit your ERC claim.
Do I have to pay this back at a later date?
No. The ERC is a refundable tax credit.
How do I check the status of my ERC refund?
Due to COVID and general IRS backlog, it may take months to receive your refund. While the IRS mentions four-to-six-week turnaround, we’ve seen situations where it may take up to six months. You can check the status by contacting the IRS Helpline or visiting the IRS website.
Can the IRS audit me if I claim the ERC?
Yes. As with any tax matter, the IRS has the authority to review and verify that businesses are eligible for the credit and have accurately calculated the amount of the credit they claimed. The penalties for incorrect or fraudulently claimed credits may be substantial, so make sure you work with an ERC expert like internet Accountant!