Many small businesses continue to struggle after months of closures and restrictions, even after receiving Payment Protection Program loans. However, most aren't aware of Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERCT). It's a payroll tax credit most small businesses don't know about.
What's the ERCT?
According to the IRS website:
"The Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act encourages businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19."
Does my business qualify for the ERCT?
Businesses with employees that were either partly shut down due to COVID‑19 or suffered a loss of business in 2020 or 2021 are eligible for the Employee Retention Tax Credit.
How much does the ERCT provide?
In 2020, eligible businesses were able to file for a maximum ERTC of $5,000 per employee for the whole year. In 2021, the maximum credit increased to $7,000 per employee, per quarter. That means a maximum of $28,000 per employee each year.
Tom Sauvageau, a Washington based small business consultant, launched www.ERTCFiling.com to help small businesses file for the ERCT. It also has a free calculator tool that anyone can use to estimate how much money they might be eligible for.
Here are a couple more ERCT resources: