Frequently Asked Questions

What is Employee Retention Credit (ERC)?

ERC is part of The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Act which provides relief for qualified wages paid to retained employees. This is a government stimulus program designed to bolster those businesses that were able to retain their employees during challenging times faced by the Pandemic. Please include the section below under read more: (For the 2020 program, the ERC is equal to 50% of qualified wages (including allocable qualified health plan expenses) that eligible employers pay their employees. This applies to wages paid after 3/12/2020 and before 1/1/2021. The maximum amount of wages considered with respect to each employee for all calendar quarters is $10,000 and for the 2021 program, the credit is increased to 70%, and the limit is $10,000 per quarter. This means the annual maximum for an employee is $26,000. The tax credit offsets all withheld federal employment taxes including federal income tax withholding, Employer FICA and Medicare. Any excess credit will be refunded or advanced by the IRS.)

What are Qualified Wages?

Qualified wages are compensation provided to employees during an eligible period. An eligible period is either:

a) The time during which the trade or business is fully or partially suspended by governmental order, or

b) For 2020, any calendar quarter during which gross receipts are 50% less than the amount received during the same quarter of 2019; for 2021, any calendar quarter during which gross receipt are 20% less than the same quarter of 2019

Can my accountant file for my ERC Credit?

Yes, if they are familiar with payroll returns. The challenge is the ERC credit is taken on your payroll returns and not through your business income tax returns, which is what most CPA's handle. Because of this most CPA's do not process this credit, unless they process your payroll in house. This is also a big reason why this credit is so underutilized. Since CPA's don't typically handle it and they are the tax experts, it has mostly fallen in a middle ground where few are able to effectively process the credit. Interestingly, we receive a large portion of our clients from CPA's.

Who is Eligible for ERC?

Any businesses impacted by the Pandemic which operated during 2020/2021 calendar years ordered to partially or fully suspended business by the government may be eligible for benefits up to $26,000 per employee.

How much does it cost?

Initial analysis to determine your eligibility and approximate credit is completely free. If you file for an ERC with us, our fee is a percentage of the credit to be received.

Is there a deadline to Apply?

Similar to many other previous government programs, funds are limited on a first come, first served basis. Once the allocated funds have run out, your application may not be considered.

How long does it take to get my ERC Credit?

The process from start to finish usually takes 2-3 weeks. If you wish to move forward, you will select your desired payment option and we file your claim. Once filed, refunds are released based on IRS payment schedule.

Is ERC a Loan?

ERC is not a loan, so there is no repayment or restrictions for what the funds can be used for.

Can I get ERC Funds if I already took the PPP?

Yes. The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted December 27, 2020, modified the ERC credit rules. One of the modifications included allowing a company to have a PPP loan and still take advantage of the ERC credit. However, you can't use the same dollar for dollar funds. We take this into account when processing your ERC credit.

IRS Updates

IRS Updates

Check out the most recent information.

New law extends COVID Tax Refund Credit for Employers who keep workers on Payroll

IR-2022-89, April 18, 2022 - The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service have received requests from...

Employers may be able to Claim the Employee Retention Credit and have a PPP Loan

IR-2022-88, April 18, 2022 - Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, to file a return.

An Eligible Employer can Claim the Employee Retention Credit ($26,000) for qualified wages

IR-2022-87, April 15, 2022 - Beginning in Mid-April 2022, the IRS will send CP2100 and CP2100A notices...

Advance Payment of Employer Credits Due to COVID-19

IR-2022-86, April 15, 2022 - The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers the deadline to file and pay tax owed for most...