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The employee retention credit (ERC) has been an important lifeline to many struggling businesses impacted by the economic uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ERC has helped support many businesses through the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and taxpayers, many with the help of their CPA practitioners, have faithfully filed for refund claims.
However, some taxpayers have been approached by firms or consultants who may promote an overly aggressive narrative with the promise that any and every business can qualify for the ERC. Taxpayers should be wary of such aggressive claims and be conscientious of how to mitigate risks when applying for the ERC.
In this Tax Section Odyssey episode, April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager — Tax Practice & Ethics, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, representing AICPA & CIMA, welcomes back Kristin Esposito, CPA, MST, Director — Tax Policy & Advocacy, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, representing AICPA & CIMA, to discuss this top-of-mind topic.
What you’ll learn in this episode
The current environment (1.27)
Concerns with overly aggressive firms or consultants (2.48)
Steps for taxpayers who have fallen victim (3.51)
IRS guidance available and on the horizon around this topic (7.35)
Impact on those who have filed legitimate claims (9.02)
The latest in processing times for filed Form 941-X, Adjusted Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return or Claim for Refund, and the coordination with examination activities (10.19)
AICPA advocacy efforts around ERC (12.20)
A page from Kristin’s travel journal (15.29)
Employee retention credit guidance and resources — The rules to be eligible to take this refundable payroll tax credit are complex. This resource library will help you understand both the retroactive 2020 credit and the 2021 credit.
Mythbust and maximize the employee retention credit | Tax Section Odyssey — Helping eligible clients successfully apply for and receive the ERC is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for CPAs according to Chris Wittich, MBT, CPA.
ERC — What we know now | Tax Section Odyssey — Kristin Esposito, CPA, MST, addresses the much-anticipated employee retention credit (ERC) guidance released in August 2021 that answered many outstanding questions.
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