Had W-2 Employees in 2020 or 2021? Consider the Employee Retention Credit

As you are probably aware, there is still time to apply for the Employee Retention Credit. And right now is a perfect moment to do this. You can qualify for 2020 credits of up to $5,000 per employee and 2021 credits of up to $7,000 per employee for each of the first three quarters, and that’s a possibility of $26,000 per employee. Paul, one of our clients, had ten employees in 2020 and 2021. He qualified for tax credits worth $260,000. (think FREE cash). Like Paul, you can.

3 Ways to Become Eligible For the Employee Retention Credit:

  • 1) Significant decrease in gross receipts: Here, you compare the quarterly gross receipts with those recorded in 2019. For any Employee Retention Credit to be triggered, a drop of more than 50% in 2020 and more than 20% in 2021 are required.
  • 2) A decision made by the government that has a significant impact: Your best option, in this case, is to apply the safe harbor with minimal impact. This requires verifying that the 2020 or 2021 shutdown order would have more than a 10% impact on the 2019 figures by looking at either your 2019 quarterly receipts or your 2019 quarterly hours worked by employees.
  • 3) A government order changes how your business operates: You have a safe harbor here. Suppose the COVID-19 government order from the federal, state, or local level significantly hindered your capacity to conduct business as usual by at least 10%. In that case, the IRS considers this to have a more-than-nominal effect on your company.

All enterprises that meet the requirements for assistance from the Employee Retention Credit are eligible, even those that were unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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