The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically altered the corporate world. Many small and medium-sized business workers had to be laid off; as a result, the government launched several programs to help companies survive the current economic storm. One such government initiative is the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC).

Even though the ERTC program has several advantages, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) revealed that in 2020, just 8% of business owners adopted ERTC, and only 10% did so in 2021. With these stats in mind, the planned date for the retroactive period (1 January 2022) was pushed back to 1 October 2021.

Claiming the Employee Retention Tax Credit

However, did you know you may still be able to claim ERC for salaries earned up to and including 31 December 2021? Continue reading to learn how to apply and claim the ERC tax credit.

Business relief provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act include the ERC—payroll tax credit for wages paid from 13 March 2020 to 31 December 2020 to retain full-time employees. The ERC program aimed to incentivize companies to keep people on the payroll even if they were not working within the period covered by the law (COVID-19).

The ERC was further expanded with the Consolidated Appropriations Act and the American Rescue Plan Act, now available to qualified businesses that retained employees throughout the pandemic until 31 December 2021. In simple words, this is a tax credit that businesses can use to claim a refund on qualified wages, which may include certain health insurance premiums paid to employees.

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The Employee Retention Tax Credit is available to private firms or tax-exempt organizations actively traded between 2020 and 2021. There are no restrictions on the size of eligible businesses for the ERTC; however, small and big firms are handled differently.

Private-sector firms and tax-exempt organizations that have experienced the following situations are eligible employers for the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC).

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Consolidated Appropriations Act and the American Rescue Plan Act

Employee retention credit advice was updated on 4 August by the Internal Revenue Service, guiding companies who paid eligible wages after 30 June 2021 but before 1 January 2022.

Notice 2021-49 expands on previous advice on the employee retention credit offered in Notices 2021-20 and 2021-23. The new guideline covers adjustments to the employee retention credit imposed by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), effective in the third and fourth quarters of 2021 and effective in the third and fourth quarters of 2020.

This includes the following modifications:

ERTC tax credits may be claimed by completing the following forms:

To claim the tax credit retrospectively, eligible companies must state their ERTC amount for a pay period and reduce the payroll deposit necessary by that desired amount. On the other hand, employers may minimize or get an advance on tax payments when submitting a claim in advance. If your company has less than 500 full-time workers, you may be eligible for an advance payment, but there are certain restrictions.

You must first decide during which quarters of 2020 and 2021 your firm is eligible for an ERTC fund. Is your firm operating at a loss of between 50 and 20 percent of its gross receipts? If your company was founded in 2020, you might use the quarters of 2020 and 2021 to calculate your tax credit.

The total qualifying salaries given to workers each quarter are the next step. Don’t include wages that have been applied to the PPP loan, but do include eligible health insurance expenditures.

You may apply a $10,000 maximum per employee, regardless of how many quarters they work. Afterward, divide the eligible salaries by the yearly ceiling and multiply by 50% to get the tax credit amount for 2020. Each employee is limited to a $5,000 credit limit.

To calculate your tax credit for 2021, take your qualifying salaries up to the quarterly ceiling and multiply them by 70%. This will give you a credit of $10,000 for each employee. Each employee is limited to a maximum credit of $7,000.

How to Qualify for Employee Retention Tax Credit

Businesses that qualify for the ERTC must submit their final Form 941 tax returns. The following are the actions suggested for businesses that may be able to claim the ERTC:

How Do I Apply For ERC Tax Credit in 2023?

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Believe it or not, claiming the ERTC tax credit is not as easy as it seems. There is a lot of paperwork involved and eligibilities to meet. Therefore, joining hands with a competent CPA firm is your best bet. If your head is spinning trying to determine whether your company qualifies for the employee retention tax credit in 2022 or if you have any questions regarding submitting a retroactive or revised return, contact Skycutter Solutions.

With Skycutter Solutions, you may claim your ERTC tax credit in only five steps. Simply complete the questionnaire, submit supporting documentation, compute credit, file payroll returns, and wait for credit to be issued to you. On top of that, we can help you with your inquiries and concerns about the employer retention tax credit, the CARES Act, tax advice, and filing alternatives. So what are you waiting for? Get started now! Click here to sign up.