April 26, 2023
NAVIGATION THROUGH THE IRS EMPLOYEE RETENTION CREDITS (ERC) AND THE CARES ACTNevada Walker, PLLC represents IRS Tax Credit Pros, Inc., a business focused on the CARES Act/ERC Credit industry.
WHAT IS ERC AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?You may qualify for the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) as a part of the CARES Act to encourage employee retention. The ERC is a fully refundable payroll tax credit created to provide financial relief for American businesses impacted by the pandemic. In order to incentivize businesses to preserve jobs, the ERC tax credit offsets the quarterly employment taxes business are required to pay.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR ERC?In order to determine if you qualify for the ERC it is important to look at the following criteria. Your operations must have been fully or partially shut down, OR had to enforce reduced business hours because of the governmental authority.
- Your business suffered a significant decline in quarterly gross revenue when measured against 2019.
- At least a 50% decline from 2019 to 2020
- At least a 20% decline from 2019 to 2021
- Recovery Startup Business- 3rd and 4th quarter 2021 only.
- Your business began carrying on trade or business after February 15, 2020.
- Your business has annual gross receipts that do not exceed $1 million
- Your business is not eligible for the ERC under the other two categories.
WHAT ARE THE RELEVANT DATES TO CONSIDER UNDER THE ERC?Between March 2020 and December 2021 there are a number of acts that have been passed in order to make the ERC eligible for businesses.
- March 13, 2020- December 31, 2020- CARES Act
- January 1, 2021- June 30, 2021- Consolidated Appropriations Act
- July 1, 2021- September 30, 2021- American Rescue Plan Act
- July 1, 2021- December 31, 2021- Recovery Startup Business