Mythbust and Maximize the Employee Retention Credit

Chris Wittich

The employee retention credit (ERC), the refundable tax credit designed to reward business owners for retaining employees throughout the COVID-19 pandemic was signed into law on March 27, 2020, as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and further significantly expanded in 2021.

Eligible business owners can claim up to $5,000 in refundable tax credits for each employee on their payroll in 2020 and up to a $7,000 credit per quarter (excluding Q4) for each employee in 2021. The calculation and procedures are complex, and taxpayers continue to seek help from trusted advisers to help them successfully claim their benefit.

On this Tax Section Odyssey episode, April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager — AICPA Tax Section, and Chris Wittich, MBT, CPA, Partner — Boyum Barenscheer, discuss eligibility requirements for the credit, how to help clients with their ERC needs and pitfalls when working with questionable third parties.

Listen to the podcast HERE.


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