The employee retention credit is a fully refundable tax credit that eligible employers request to cover certain payroll taxes. It's not a loan and doesn't have to be repaid. For most taxpayers, the refundable credit exceeds the payroll taxes paid in a credit-generating period. The credit is linked to the payroll and is calculated quarterly.
Companies that apply for ERC simultaneously with their payroll tax returns could reduce the required payroll tax deposits by the amount of the credit. While the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) program has officially expired, this does not affect a company's ability to apply for the ERTC retroactively. The notice includes guidance on how employers who received a PPP loan can retroactively apply for the employee retention tax credit. Employers who use a Professional Employers Organization (PEO) or Certified Professional Employer Organization (CPEO) do not file an individual 941 on their behalf, so it's important that they understand how they would reconcile this information and receive credit.
Due to changes in security regulations related to COVID-19 and the increase in requests for reimbursement of employee retention credits, the IRS is currently processing millions of unprocessed payroll tax returns. Business owners want to know the status of their employee retention tax credit refund and keep up to date with the process. Previously, the Consolidated Appropriations Act expanded the requirements to include companies that applied for a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including borrowers from the initial round of the PPP who were not originally eligible to apply for the tax credit. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES”) includes several business aid provisions, including a refundable credit for qualifying wages paid to certain employees for a period that may exceed 9 months (the “employee retention credit” or “ERC”).
The IRS has protective measures to prevent wage increases from being counted for the credit once the employer is eligible to receive the employee retention tax credit. In addition, since the creation of the ERTC program, several laws have come into force that influence the way in which credit can be requested. When you return your employee retention tax credit documentation to the IRS, it takes six to nine months for them to issue you a check or email stating that you have a payroll tax credit, so that's a long time. He says that many employers see the external credit limit and cannot reduce that figure, and refuse to believe that, in many cases, any possible credit will be substantially lower.
The repayment schedule for the employee retention credit is such that the IRS originally planned to grant a refund between six weeks and six months after an updated payroll report was submitted. The ERTC is a refundable credit that companies can request on qualifying salaries, including certain health insurance costs, paid to employees. When talking to an agent, explain that they are contacting you to ask about the status of your employee retention credit, specifically if you have completed your 941-X (amended returns) for all relevant quarters. To apply for credit for previous quarters, employers must file Form 941-X, Employer Adjusted Quarterly Federal Tax Return or Request for Refund, for the applicable quarters in which qualifying wages were paid.