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by Marc Cappelloni

In case you missed it in our February tax newsletter article entitled IRS Turbocharges the Employee Retention Tax Credit

Recent changes to the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) have the potential for a huge refundable payroll tax credit for your business!

New legislation passed now allows even recipients of PPP loans to take the credit retroactively for 2020 (previously not allowed) and has recently further extended the credit through December 31, 2021.

To be eligible for this credit, the business must either:

  1. Have been fully or partially suspended due to orders from a governmental authority or
  2. Suffer a significant decline in quarterly gross revenue as measured against 2019
  3. 50% decline for 2020
  4. 20% decline for 2021

Below is a summary of the updated payroll tax credit amounts potentially available to your business:

For 2020, there is a maximum credit of $5,000 per eligible employee. The 2020 credit is computed at a rate of 50% of qualified wages paid, up to $10,000 per eligible employee for the year. For Eligible Employers with less than 100 average full-time employees in 2019, the credit is available for all employees receiving wages in 2020.

For 2021, there is a maximum credit of $7,000 per eligible employee, per quarter. The 2021 credit is computed at a rate of 70% of qualified wages paid, up to $10,000 per eligible employee, per quarter. For Eligible Employers with less than 500 average full-time employees in 2019, the credit is available for all employees receiving wages in 2021. Don’t leave money on the table! Please contact us today and we will connect you with a payroll tax credit specialist referral who can review whether you qualify for the Employee Retention Tax Credit and determine the amount of payroll tax credit your business can claim.

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