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Employer Retention Credit Warning
3rd December 2022 • MKG Tax Consultants News, View Points, Taxes & Finances • MKG Tax Consultants
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Employer Retention Credit Warning

Many businesses have received phone calls and emails from third-party companies marketing ERC refunds. The ERC is an inherently risky tax credit that will lead to a high likelihood of an audit over the next five years.

The Internal Revenue Service has warned employers to be wary of third parties who are advising them to claim the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) when they may not qualify. Some third parties are taking improper positions related to taxpayer eligibility for and computation of the credit.

These third parties often charge large upfront fees or a fee that is contingent on the amount of the refund and may not inform taxpayers that wage deductions claimed on the business' federal income tax return must be reduced by the amount of the credit.

If the business filed an income tax return deducting qualified wages before it filed an employment tax return claiming the credit, the business should file an amended income tax return to correct any overstated wage deduction.

Businesses are encouraged to be cautious of advertised schemes and direct solicitations promising tax savings that are too good to be true. Taxpayers are always responsible for the information reported on their tax returns. Improperly claiming the ERC could result in taxpayers being required to repay the credit along with penalties and interest.


No matter who filed the amended 941 form the business is still responsible for the information reported. 


As a reminder, only recovery startup businesses are eligible for the ERC in the fourth quarter of 2021. Additionally, for any quarter, eligible employers cannot claim the ERC on wages that were reported as payroll costs in obtaining PPP loan forgiveness or that were used to claim certain other tax credits.

If you claimed the Employee Retention Credit be prepared for an audit.

Contact us Today! Our Enrolled Agents have extensive IRS Audit Representation.



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