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Employee retention credit guidance and resources

The employee retention credit (ERC) is an important part of the COVID-19 relief legislation for small businesses.

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.

Note: Per the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the ERC ends early, making wages paid after Sept. 30, 2021, ineligible for the credit (except for wages paid by an eligible recovery startup business). IRS Notice 2021-65 provides guidance on the repayment of payroll taxes related to an anticipated ERC taken before this law was passed and also provides ERC information related to recovery startup businesses.


Employee Retention Credit (ERC) FAQs

Get answers to common employee retention credit (ERC) questions on topics such as shareholder/related-party wages, PPP impacts and aggregation rules.

Coronavirus and Tax Impacts FAQs

This series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) provide answers to questions about the various coronavirus (COVID-19) tax-related relief packages.

Summary of American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Learn about the new recovery rebates, tax-free status of certain unemployment benefits and more tax laws contained in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Tax Section Odyssey series

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

The IRS released the much-anticipated employee retention credit (ERC) guidance in August 2021 and answered many outstanding questions.

Challenges with contingency fees and the ERC | Tax Section Odyssey

Explore the prospect of contingent fees for ERC work and how regulatory rules govern its usage with the AICPA’s April Walker and Ed Karl.

What to know about the 2021 ERC before April 30 | Tax Section Odyssey

Jan Lewis, CPA, with Haddox Reid CPAs & Advisors, reviews the latest ERC guidance and important information to help your clients benefit from this credit.

PPP and ERC in 2020 | Tax Section Odyssey

Since inception, the employee retention credit has seen changes. Get the highlights of Notice 2021-20 and how the credit interacts with PPP loans.

Breaking down the employee retention credit | Tax Section Odyssey

Brandon Lagarde, CPA, J.D., LLM, unpacks the latest developments with the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) and provides clarity on some commonly asked questions.

Video & audio

Employee retention credit: Your questions answered
Kris Esposito, CPA, MST, Director – AICPA Tax Policy & Advocacy, and April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager – AICPA Tax Section, summarize the ERC guidance highlighted in Notice 2021-49.

Practical Applications of the Employee Retention Credit | Tax Section webcast archive
In this webcast archive, our experts guide us through the key concepts and provide examples of the application of the ERC.

Employee retention credit updates and a delegation taboo
April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager – AICPA Tax Section, provides an update on the ERC including the filing options, penalty relief extension and recent outstanding questions.

Employee retention credit guidance update and rising economic confidence
April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager – AICPA Tax Section, explains the highlights of the latest guidance on the ERC.

Keebler on the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 | PFP learning library podcast
Bob Keebler, CPA/PFS, shares all the details you need on the latest government pandemic aid.

Employment retention credit for not-for-profits: PPP and ERC interplay
This short videocast answers common questions about the ERC as it pertains to not-for-profits that also have PPP funding.

Employment retention credit for not-for-profits: Governmental orders | NFP Ideacast
This short videocast covers recent IRS guidance and answers common questions about the ERC as it pertains to not-for-profits

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