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Was your Business Impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?

In these uncertain times, it's important to know all the options available to your business when it comes to financial relief. If you are currently paying employees, have had to partially or fully suspend operations due to government orders, or have experienced a significant decline in gross receipts, you may be eligible for Employee Retention Credits (ERC). Working with Supreme Financial Group to apply for the ERC means you can be assured your claim is compliance-driven and optimized to receive the maximum return. Plus, taking advantage of our free eligibility assessment means you can get a better understanding of your options without any upfront costs or commitments. Let us help you navigate these difficult times and provide the necessary financial support for your business.

What is the Employee Retention Credit?

The Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERC) is a refundable tax credit that encourages businesses to keep employees on their payroll.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused vast and widespread hardships to employees, employers, businesses and operations that we are still facing today. The ERC is a tax credit introduced under the CARES Act to help businesses recover from the effects. This incentive was designed to encourage and reward businesses to keep employees on payroll by providing a tax credit for qualified wages and expenses paid for by your business.

Is your business eligible for this tax credit? Apply for a FREE Eligibility Assessment Now! 

How Much Money is the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERC) worth?

It’s worth up to $5,000 per employee in 2020 and up to $7,000 per employee per quarter (for the first three quarters) in 2021, for a max credit of $26,000 per employee.

To determine the exact amount your business may be eligible for, we recommend applying for a free eligibility assessment with our team. Our experts will review your situation, assess your eligibility, and provide you with a personalized estimate of the potential credit amount.

Take advantage of this opportunity to gain a better understanding of the financial support available to your business. Apply for a free eligibility assessment today and let us help you navigate the ERC tax credit application process.

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How to Apply for the Employee Retention Tax Credit 

Frequently Asked Questions About ERC

  • What is the deadline to claim my employee retention credit?
    Although the ERC program has already ended, an eligible employer still has time to claim the employee retention credit by filing a Form 941X for relevant quarters. For all four quarters in 2020, the deadline to apply is April 15, 2024; for all quarters in 2021, the deadline is April 15, 2025.
  • What businesses may be eligible for the employee retention credit?
    Under the CARES Act of 2020, businesses may be eligible for the ERC if they had employees and operated a trade or business, which includes tax-exempt organizations. However, with limited exceptions, it does not apply to governments or their agencies and instrumentalities. A small eligible employer for 2020 is an employer that had 100 or fewer full-time (30 hours per week or more) employees on average per month in 2019, and for 2021 had 500 or fewer full-time employees on average per month in 2019. Your business may be eligible for the ERC if its operations were fully or partially suspended by governmental COVID-19 orders limiting commerce, travel or group meetings or experienced a significant decline in gross receipts during 2020 or the first three quarters of 2021. If your business started to operate on or after February 15, 2020, it may qualify to claim the ERC for the third or fourth quarters of 2021 as a recovery startup business.
  • How long does it take to receive an employee retention credit refund?
    This varies but typically takes the IRS between 4 and 12 months to issue ERC refunds. Generally, smaller refunds (under $80K per quarter) process faster than larger refunds (over $80K per quarter).
  • How is the employee retention credit paid?
    The ERC is a non-refundable and refundable tax credit that eligible employers claim against employment taxes for 2020 and 2021. Generally, a business must claim the credit on either Form 941 (uncommon) or by filing a Form 941X after filing Form 941 (common). After the IRS receives either the Form 941 or Form 941X, it assigns the form to a processor. After the credit is processed, the IRS will send the company a CP 210 notice that details the credit amount plus interest and then sends a paper check for the refund amount via USPS to the company’s address of record with the IRS.
  • What is the Employee Retention Credit (ERC)?
    Introduced through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Employee Retention Tax Credit was established to encourage eligible employers to keep their employees on the payroll during the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s a refundable and non-refundable tax credit that businesses can claim on qualified wages, including some health insurance costs, paid to employees.
  • How do I claim the ERC?
    Eligible businesses can retroactively claim the ERC for 2020 and 2021 by filing IRS Form 941-X to amend their filed returns (Form 941) for the quarters during which your business was an eligible employer. It is important to ensure that your Forms 941 for 2020 and 2021 were filed, received, and processed by the IRS prior to filing Form 941X. Unlike Forms 941, Forms 941X cannot be filed electronically. Before you claim the credit, make sure you’re equipped with the following information: Payroll data Personal information (including Employer Identification Number) Prior years’ tax returns Copies of Form 941 filed for each quarter you plan to claim the ERC
  • How do I calculate my employee retention credit?
    You can calculate your ERC based on total qualified wages. Those wages include health plan expenses paid by your employees. This calculation varies based on the number of employees your business had in 2020 and 2021, and other factors such as wages paid with PPP loans or wages paid to owners and their relatives. The ERC equals 50% of the qualified wages for 2020 and 70% for 2021. Note that the maximum credit amount is for 2020 is $5,000 per employee for the calendar year and for 2021 is $7,000 per employee per quarter.
  • What if I've already filed for a PPP Loan?
    Previously, businesses that received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan weren’t eligible for an employee retention credit. However, through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, eligible businesses that received a PPP loan can now apply for the ERC — retroactively to 2020. Note that you cannot claim the ERC for wages that were paid with funds from a PPP loan that was forgiven.
  • What constitutes a significant decline in gross receipts under the employee retention credit program?
    An employer had a significant decline in gross receipts in 2020 during the first calendar quarter for which gross receipts for that quarter were less than 50% of those for the same calendar quarter in 2019. An employer had a significant decline in gross receipts in 2021 during the first calendar quarter for which gross receipts for that quarter were less than 80% of those for the same calendar quarter in 2019.
  • What does the American Rescue Plan Act have to do with the ERC program?
    Signed into law on March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan extended the availability of the employee retention credit for small businesses through December 2021, but subsequent legislation ended the program for most eligible employers on September 30, 2021. It also increased the credit limit for 2021 to a maximum of $7,000 per employee per quarter.
  • What is the difference between the employee retention credit and a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan?
    The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which ended on May 31, 2021, was a forgivable loan. It provided small businesses with funds to pay up to eight weeks of payroll costs, including benefits. Funds from the PPP loan also could be used by those businesses to pay interest on mortgages, rent and utilities. The ERC is a tax credit established to encourage eligible employers to keep their employees on the payroll during the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s a refundable and non-refundable credit that businesses can claim on qualified wages, including some health insurance costs, paid to employees.
  • Can a recovery startup business claim the ERC?
    Yes. A recovery startup business can claim the ERC for wages paid after June 30, 2021, and before January 1, 2022. According to the American Rescue Plan Act, this type of business is eligible for the ERC if it started on or after February 15, 2020, employs one or more W2 workers (not including owner-operators or family members) and has annual gross receipts that do not exceed $1 million for the individual 2020 and 2021 tax years.
  • Do employee retention credits have to be paid back?
    No, your ERC is not a loan and does not have repayment terms. Why? Because it’s a refundable tax credit for businesses. Employers who received the ERC for 2020 or 2021 or both, however, must amend their corporate income tax returns (and personal returns if a corporation is a pass through entity) for the relevant years.
  • How do I check the status of my employee retention credit?
    To check on the status of your claim, call the IRS helpline at (800) 829-4933, or visit the agency’s website. Have your employer ID number, Social Security number and tax return information readily available.
  • Who authorized the employee retention credit?
    The U.S. federal government established the ERC program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act was passed by Congress on March 25, 2020 and signed into law on March 27, 2020. Subsequent federal legislation amended and extended the program through September 30, 2021 for most eligible employers and through December 31, 2022 for recovery startup businesses. The ERC is administered by the IRS.
  • What wages qualify for the employee retention credit?
    In general, ERC-qualified wages include those paid by employers to employees while operations were fully or partially suspended by governmental COVID-19 orders, or the business experienced a decline in gross receipts. What’s covered? Cash wages, both hourly and salaried, along with vacation pay and any other taxable wages. Qualified wages under the ERC program also include certain health plan expenses that are allocable to those wages. Qualified wages under the ERC program are limited to the first $10,000 of compensation paid to any employee during a calendar year (2020) or calendar quarter (2021) and can be claimed for wages paid or incurred from March 13, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Here’s a year-by-year breakdown of what the employee retention credit offers to eligible employers: 2020 ERC:A credit against certain payroll taxes of 50% of the wages paid — up to $10k per employee — from March 12 – December 31, 2020 (capped at $5k per employee). 2021 ERC: A quarterly tax credit of 70% of the first $10,000 in wages per employee in each quarter of 2021 from January to September 2021 (capped at $7K per employee per quarter).
  • Is my nonprofit/tax-exempt organization eligible for the employee retention credit?
    Under the CARES Act, a tax-exempt business is considered eligible for the ERC if it passes either the Gross Receipts Test (GRT) or the Government Orders Test (GOT). You do not have to pass both tests to qualify.
  • Who is considered a full-time employee (FTE) under the employee retention credit program?
    According to Section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code, an FTE is someone who works an average of at least 30 hours per week or 130 hours per month.
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