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Employee Retention Credit Information

Qualifying for ERC criteria has changed 6 times! Your Company should apply and most likely will qualify!


To all Home Services Companies Impacted by COVID Mandates or Disruption of Business:

Even if you received advice that you didn’t qualify for ERC – BECAUSE -

  • Our company never shut down
  • Our wages weren’t reduced enough
  • Because of revenue
  • That it’s too complex
  • We can’t apply because we took a PPP or EIDL loan

Qualifying for ERC criteria has changed 6 times! Your Company should apply and most likely will qualify!

If your company was shut down or allowed to open on a restricted basis you will qualify. Even if your company was considered an essential business and you stayed in business during the trying times of COVID, however had disruptions in business you will qualify. Even if you received PPP funds, had no shutdown BUT you had to work with disruptions from suppliers or manufacturers and many other factors you will qualify.

CES has partnered with a CPA team that specializes in qualifying companies for ERC Tax Credit. The Full Tax Refund Benefit could be potentially HUGE, between $5,000 to $26,000 per employee—which you may qualify for all or part of. The effort to apply is minimal. Other than a fully refundable deposit to get started, you don’t pay until you receive your refund. If you don’t qualify, you get your deposit refunded in full.

There is little risk to participate— and high potential for a Substantial Tax Credit windfall for your company.

Check out what the IRS says.

Melanie Gentry
President – Comprehensive Employment Solution, Inc

The 10 Biggest Myths (Missed Opportunities) With the Employee Retention Credit (ERC)

Many companies received information from highly trusted, financial professionals, that their companies don’t qualify for the ERC. As a result, you are not applying for this large, refundable credit ... yikes!! You CAN and SHOULD apply for the ERC before the window of opportunity to do so closes.


The Top 10 Mistakes and Misunderstandings Surrounding the ERC

  1. My company can’t claim the ERC if they’ve already claimed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or gotten their PPP loans forgiven.
  2. Now you can claim both! Congress, in the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2021, removed the limitation on only claiming one or the other. PPP will only account for 2.5 times your monthly payroll expenses and is meant to be spread out over six months. This leaves plenty of uncovered wage expenses for claiming the ERC.

  3. My business did not have a drop in gross receipts of 50% or more in 2020. In 2021 my gross receipts did not drop more than 20%.
  4. But remember, there is also other ways to qualify for the ERC – if your business has been subject to a partial or full suspension due to a government order. See the next point.

  5. My business was not shut down during the pandemic.
  6. Even a partial suspension order by the government (federal, state or local) of your client’s business could potentially qualify. For instance, the following scenarios all still potentially qualify for the ERC:

    • A partial shutdown
    • A disruption in their business
    • Inability to access equipment
    • Having limited capacity
    • Shutdowns of their supply chain or vendors
    • Reduction in services offered
    • Reduction of hours to accommodate sanitation
    • Shut down of some locations and not others
    • Shutdowns of some members of a business

    The key considerations are – due to the government ordered partial (or full) suspension your business was not able to continue its activities in a comparable manner and did that result in a more than nominal impact on their business operations? Remember, the partial or full suspension is an alternative way to qualify for the ERC, separate from the reduction in gross receipts test.

  7. Your company was deemed an essential business, so they do not qualify because of business suspension.
  8. Even if your business is deemed essential, an impact or change in their business may still qualify them. For example, even if they were open but their vendors were closed down or they couldn’t go to their client’s job site, they may still qualify. Or alternatively, if part of their business was considered nonessential and was impacted by a government-ordered suspension, they may also qualify. The scenarios discussed above in Mistake 3 could apply here as well.

  9. Your company has grown during quarantine.
  10. This is something that is great news! If your company has grown during quarantine, but experienced a full or partial suspension, there are expenses and disruptions that may qualify.

  11. Sales rebounded in Q1 of 2021, so I don’t qualify for this credit.
  12. You have the option to look at one quarter prior to determine qualification. This means your eligibility will be based on lost revenue in 2020. Also, if you were subject to a full or partial suspension, you may qualify regardless.

  13. My company had tax losses, or they do not have any tax liability.
  14. This is a refundable credit. In practice, this means that any credit overage above tax liability is sent to the taxpayer/business owner as a refund.

  15. My company had over 100 employees in 2020 and over 500 employees in 2021, so they are not eligible for the ERC.
  16. The employee count restriction is based on full time equivalent (FTE) employees, which is a more involved calculation than just counting everyone in the office. For Example: in 2021 a company had 640 employees, however the FTE calculation put them at under 500. Furthermore, if you paid any employees to NOT work, or to work less than the hours for which they were paid, then the employee count restriction would not apply for those employees.

  17. We are a charity or non-profit company and the ERC is only for businesses.
  18. The ERC may also provide significant benefit to charities – churches, nonprofit hospitals, museums, etc. Charities can be particularly good candidates for the ERC.

  19. Failure to document.
  20. There are still many tax advisors who think that they can just create their own simple form. They check a few boxes, give a few-sentence explanation, and expect the IRS to hand over thousands and thousands of dollars on a silver platter and then play audit lottery? Guess again.

    You need specialized and customized help to get the maximum amount ERC tax credit. You will need documentation for the ERC in order to pass muster with the IRS if you are audited.

    Like any tax filing, the best practice is for businesses to provide contemporaneous documentation now, when first determining whether they qualify. To avoid headaches and heartaches down the road, you need to have professional counsel to properly and fully document how their business qualifies for the ERC, to be held and used as supporting evidence if an audit occurs.

    Many companies are still struggling to stay open. There is so much business uncertainty due to COVID-19 and the variants. What effect will this have on your business? Do you have enough cash to make it another month, quarter or year?

    CES’ qualified CPA partner will educate and qualify your company for the maximum ERC tax credit you are allowed. The ERC is a fantastic tax incentive that will help your company survive AND thrive through the challenges in the coming years!

If you can demonstrate that some or any of these factors impacted your company let us see if our ERC specialist partners can work on your behalf to see if you qualify!

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