ERC is a stimulus program designed to help those businesses that were able to retain their employees during the Covid-19 pandemic. Established by the CARES Act, it is a refundable tax credit - a grant, not a loan - that you can claim for your business. The ERC is available to both small and mid-sized businesses. It is based on qualified wages and healthcare paid to employees. *Information below is from IRS.gov ERC CARES Act qualification 2022.
How much money can you get back?
You can claim up to $5,000 per employee for 2020. For 2021, the credit can be up to $7,000 per employee per quarter.
How do you know if your business is eligible?
To qualify, your business must have been negatively impacted in either of the following ways:
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The program began on March 13th, 2020 and continues to September 30th, 2021 for eligible employers. You can apply for refunds for 2020 and 2021 after December 31st of this year, into 2022 and 2023. And potentially beyond then too. We have clients who received refunds only, and others that, in addition to refunds, also qualified to continue receiving ERC in every payroll they process through September 30, 2021, at about 30% of their payroll cost. We have clients who have received refunds from $100,000 to $6 million.
Yes. Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, businesses can now qualify for the ERC even if they already received a PPP loan. Note, though, that the ERC will only apply to wages not used for the PPP.
Your business qualifies for the ERC, if it falls under one of the following:
Yes. To qualify, your business must meet either one of the following criteria:
Many items are considered as changes in business operations, including shifts in job roles and the purchase of extra protective equipment. The ERC, in this case, also applies only for Q3 and Q4 of 2021. Businesses can qualify, regardless of the number of full-time employees.