Employee Retention Credit - Update



Previously on our blog "Did You Hear?", we explained change important need to know changes regarding the CARES ACT employee retention credit program. Here is updated need to know information:


What is the Employee Retention Credit (ERC)?

  • 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.

  • Up to $26,000 per employee

  • Available for 2020 and 3 quarters of 2021

  • Qualify with decreased revenue or COVID event

  • No limit on funding

  • ERC is a refundable tax credit

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:

  • A government authority required partial or full shutdown of your business during 2020 or 2021.

  • This includes your operations being limited by commerce, inability to travel or restrictions of group meetings.

  • Gross receipt reduction criteria is different for 2020 and 2021, but is measured against the current quarter as compared to 2019 pre-COVID amounts.

  • A business can be eligible for one quarter and not another.

Initially, under the CARES Act of 2020, businesses were not able to qualify for the ERC if they

had already received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. With new legislation in 2021,

employers are now eligible for both programs. The ERC, though, cannot apply to the same

wages as the ones for PPP.


To learn more about the ERC program: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/employee-retention-credit


Contact us today to see if you are eligible payroll@on-timepayroll.com

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