Employer Retention Credit-Potential Example

April 22nd, 2021 at 7:12 AM

With the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, millions of small-business owners like you now qualify for the employee retention credit (ERC), thanks to three big changes:

  1. You can now obtain the ERC and the Paycheck Protection Program loan, but not on the same wages.
  2. This new rule applies retroactively to 2020.
  3. The new law adds an enhanced ERC for 2021.

And thanks to the latest new law, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), the already enhanced 2021 ERC is extended for an additional six months, through December 31, 2021.

The ERC is a big deal. It can put tens of thousands of dollars directly in your pocket to help offset your cost of paying employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be eligible for the ERC, employers have to prove--(1) suspended operations fully or partially due to COVID-19-related shut down order, or (2) show a 20% or greater decline in gross receipts in the same quarter of the prior year.

Say during the first quarter of this year (2021) your S corporation paid the following wage and health expenses.


Wages

Health

Expenses

Total

Qualified

Wages

Maximum

Qualified

Wages

You

$30,000

In wages

$30,000

$10,000

Employee 1

$10,000

$1,500

$11,500

$10,000

Employee 2

$12,000

$1,500

$13,500

$10,000

Employee 3

$15,000

$1,500

$16,500

$10,000

Total

$67,000

$4,500

$71,500

$40,000

For the first quarter of 2021, the credit rate is 70 percent on up to $10,000 of W-2 wages per employee.

Your ERC for the first quarter of 2021 is $28,000, or 70 percent of $40,000!

Mark S. Fineberg, CPA

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