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Credit for Employees’ Continued Employment (ERC) in 2020 and 2021

The CARES Act of 2020 was responsible for the establishment of the ERC; the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) was responsible for its expansion; and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was responsible for its extension (ARPA). During the pandemic caused by the coronavirus, it is intended to serve as an incentive for employers (even organizations that are exempt from paying taxes) to continue paying their employees and offering health benefits.

As a result of the CAA and ARPA expansions, it was anticipated that the ERC would be accessible during the year of 2021. However, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which was signed by President Biden on November 15 and officially took effect on September 30, 2021, put a stop to the ERC retrospectively for the majority of employers. On December 6, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced guidance that provides penalty relief for certain employers that take advantage of the Earnings Retention Credit (ERC) on earnings for the fourth quarter of 2021.

The ERC is a payroll tax credit that is refundable for wages and health plan expenses paid or incurred by an employer whose operations were either completely or partially suspended due to a governmental order related to COVID-19 or where the employer experienced a significant reduction in gross receipts. Utilize the materials that we have provided below to ensure that you are up to speed on the most recent ERC guidance. If you follow Our Tax Policy Watch, you may find out how potential changes to tax legislation may affect you personally and how your business operates.

Providing financial incentives to employers for job creation, recruitment, and training

Because people are the most crucial aspect of any business, it is imperative that all investments in human capital, whether in the form of pay, education, or benefits, be done in an intelligent manner. Companies that make investments in their staff may be eligible for tax incentives that can help them offset these expenditures.

The federal government, state governments, and local governments all offer workforce initiatives that encourage diversity in the workplace and make it easier for American employees to find work. Tax credits and other incentives relating to employment are made available to employers who generate new positions, recruit people belonging to specific categories, keep employees on staff, and give possibilities for further education.

Our staff is comprised of experts from a wide range of fields, and we provide businesses assistance in locating, claiming, and defending employment-related tax credits and incentives. We do this by utilizing solutions that are enabled by technology to assist employers in gathering the information required to calculate and claim credit possibilities while yet preserving the employees’ right to privacy.

  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC): this credit incentivizes businesses to hire people from specific groups who have been discriminated against in the employment market and who have had a difficult time finding work.
  • Job Creation Tax Credits: These offer state income tax credits for new jobs created net in the majority of states. Companies that have lost out on these advantages entirely or have used them insufficiently may be eligible for retroactive payments.
  • Negotiated Incentives: These are financial awards or refunds of state withholding taxes offered in exchange for long-term agreements, and their purpose is to stimulate the development of new jobs across many states.
  • Employee Retention Credit: helps and encourages employers whose businesses are badly affected by COVID-19 to keep employees on their payroll by providing financial assistance and assistance in the form of tax deductions. Incentives for maintaining jobs may also be made available by a number of states to companies who are willing to invest in the continued viability of their manufacturing operations.
  • The Disaster Zone Credit is a payroll credit that helps and encourages employers who have been impacted by certain calamities to continue paying their employees.
  • Empowerment Zone Credit: This credit is given to companies who hire people in economically disadvantaged regions.
  • Additional Incentives: These include tax refunds on payroll, subsidies for training, state tax credits for jobs, deductions for meals and entertainment, as well as other benefits.


The articles that we post take into account the most recent information that was accessible at the time of writing. The CARES Act of 2020 was responsible for the establishment of the ERC; the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) was responsible for its expansion; and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was responsible for its extension (ARPA).

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided employers with guidance on how to claim the employee retention credit (ERC) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which will be modified in December 2020 by the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020. This guidance was issued on March 1. (Relief Act). During the COVID-19 epidemic, the ERC is designed to assist eligible businesses in retaining employees on their payrolls by providing a credit against employment taxes when appropriate wages and healthcare expenditures are paid. This credit can be utilized. In the form of commonly asked questions, the guidance provided under Notice 2021-20 explains and describes retroactive changes to the ERC as a result of the new law for employers who are attempting to claim the credit for the year 2020. The Internal Revenue Service has indicated that it will provide further guidance on calendar quarters in 2021.

According to the regulations of the ERC for the year 2020, businesses that have experienced a full or partial suspension of their operations or a significant decline in gross receipts are eligible to receive a full refund of fifty percent of qualified wages and healthcare expenses (up to ten thousand dollars in wages for each employee in the year 2020). Before the passage of the Relief Act, employers that had previously qualified for loans via the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) were unable to claim an ERC application. Employers who have PPP loans can now retrospectively claim ERC benefits; however, the same wages cannot be utilized to qualify for both advantages at the same time. Within the notice, Question and Answer 49 explains the stance of the IRS on the interaction of the ERC with PPP loans for the year 2020.

Unfortuitously, borrowers who have already obtained PPP loan forgiveness do not have access to the same planning opportunities as borrowers who have not yet submitted the SBA application, Form 3508 series, for loan forgiveness. These borrowers can take advantage of the options described in the following sentence.

It is up to the qualifying employer to calculate which wages are counted toward the ERC and which wages are counted toward the PPP loan forgiveness. In most cases, the election is carried out by claiming the ERC claim from the federal employment tax return that is being filed for the relevant quarter. If the Internal Revenue Service were to strictly adhere to this general rule, the retroactive effective date of the credit would be rendered void. Therefore, in lieu of the general rule on how an employer would elect the wages used for ERC (i.e., by not claiming the ERC on the federal employment tax return for the quarter), the notice provides for a deemed election for any qualified wages that are included in the amount reported as payroll costs on the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application. This is the case unless the included payroll costs exceed the amount needed for full forgiveness when considering only the entries on the application.

For instance, a business that takes out $100,000 worth of PPP loans but has both payroll and nonpayroll costs that are significantly higher than the borrowed amount but still reports payroll costs of $100,000 on their application in order to simplify the process of having their loans forgiven cannot use any of the $100,000 worth of payroll costs to claim any of the ERCs available to them. This is regardless of the possibility that complete forgiveness might have been obtained by reporting only $60,000 in payroll expenditures and the remaining $40,000 in nonpayroll costs.

Despite the fact that the written version of Question and Answer 49 gives the impression that the deemed election is the minimum amount of payroll costs required for PPP loan forgiveness (i.e., 60 percent), the examples make it abundantly clear that the full $100,000 in payroll costs that were reported on the PPP application cannot be included in ERC calculations. The examples provided by the IRS do not address the recorded nonpayroll costs that were removed from the PPP application but were kept in the borrower’s files in compliance with the directions provided by the SBA.

The notice also discusses modifications that have been made since the Relief Act was passed and formalizes and expands on previous solutions to commonly asked questions provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It includes 71 questions that are often asked and organized into the following categories:

  • Eligible employers
  • Aggregation rules
  • Governmental orders
  • Cancellation, in whole or in part, of commercial or business activities
  • Significant reduction in gross receipts
  • The highest possible amount of the employer’s ERC
  • Wages that meet the criteria
  • Expenses that can be attributed to a qualifying health plan
  • Interaction with loans provided by PPPs
  • Staking a claim on the ERC
  • Concerns unique to employees about their income and deductions
  • Particular problems that arise for employers with regard to deductions and income
  • Concerns unique to employers who utilize the services of third-party payers
  • Substantiation criteria

Why Us

Our ERC team is made up of professionals with extensive knowledge in the fields of payroll taxes, tax credits, and business tax breaks. Because of our combined knowledge, we are able to assist companies in locating, proving, and documenting ERC eligible wages, as well as filing those claims in a manner that causes the least business of disturbance to their operations. Credit Connect is a specialized technological solution that was developed by us to aid employers in conducting surveys of their staff members, keeping track of the amount of time their employees put in, and determining the appropriate level of pay for those wages.

We are able to provide guidance on the forgiveness documentation for companies who have PPP loans, so that they may make the most of all available chances.

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