ERC Credit FAQ #36. Is An Employer That Operates A Trade Or Business In Multiple Locations And Is Subject To A Governmental Order Requiring Full Or Partial Suspension Of Its Operations In Some Jurisdictions, But Not In Others, Considered To Have A Suspension Of Operations?

ERC Credit FAQ #36. Is An Employer That Operates A Trade Or Business In Multiple Locations And Is Subject To A Governmental Order Requiring Full Or Partial Suspension Of Its Operations In Some Jurisdictions, But Not In Others, Considered To Have A Suspension Of Operations?

Frequently asked question #36 “Is an employer that operates a trade or business in multiple locations and is subject to a governmental order requiring full or partial suspension of its operations in some jurisdictions, but not in others, considered to have a suspension of operations?” under the Determining When an Employer’s Trade or Business Operations are Considered to be Fully or Partially Suspended Due to a Governmental Order section of FAQs: Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act, provided by the IRS.gov to help business owners understand the ERC program. Information is below for the question #36 Is an employer that operates a trade or business in multiple locations and is subject to a governmental order requiring full or partial suspension of its operations in some jurisdictions, but not in others, considered to have a suspension of operations?

ERC Credit Frequently Asked Question #36:

Determining When an Employer’s Trade or Business Operations are Considered to be Fully or Partially Suspended Due to a Governmental Order FAQs

36. Is an employer that operates a trade or business in multiple locations and is subject to a governmental order requiring full or partial suspension of its operations in some jurisdictions, but not in others, considered to have a suspension of operations?

Yes. Employers that operate a trade or business in multiple locations and are subject to State and local governmental orders limiting operations in some, but not all, jurisdictions are considered to have a partial suspension of operations.

Employers that operate a trade or business on a national or regional basis may be subject to governmental orders requiring closure of their locations in certain jurisdictions, but may not be subject to such a governmental order in other jurisdictions, including because it may be an essential business in some of those jurisdictions.

To operate in a consistent manner in all jurisdictions, these employers may establish a policy that complies with the local governmental orders, as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) guidance; in this case, even though the employer may not be subject to a governmental order to suspend operations of its trade or business in certain jurisdictions, and may merely be following CDC or DHS guidelines in those jurisdictions, the employer would still be considered to have partially suspended operations.

Therefore, the employer would be an Eligible Employer with respect to all of its operations in all locations. For more information regarding the application of the aggregation rules, see If the operations of a trade or business of one member of an aggregated group are suspended by a governmental order, are the operations of that trade or business of the other members of the aggregated group considered to be fully or partially suspended for purposes of the Employee Retention Credit?

Example:  Employer F is a national retail store chain with operations in every state in the United States.  In some jurisdictions, Employer F is subject to a governmental order to close its stores, but it is permitted to provide customers with curbside service to pick up items ordered online or by phone. 

In other jurisdictions, Employer F is not subject to any governmental order to close its stores or is considered an essential business permitting its stores to remain open.

Employer F establishes a company-wide policy, in compliance with the local governmental orders and consistent with the CDC and DHS recommendations and guidance, requiring the closure of all stores and operating with curbside pick-up only, even in those jurisdictions where the business was not subject to a governmental order. 

As a result of the governmental orders requiring closure of Employer F’s stores in certain jurisdictions, Employer F has a partial suspension of operations of its trade or business. The partial suspension results in Employer F being an Eligible Employer nationwide.

The employer may also be an Eligible Employer if it experiences a significant decline in gross receipts. For more information on what constitutes a significant decline in gross receipts, see Determining When an Employer is Considered to have a Significant Decline in Gross Receipts.

For more Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Department of the Treasury Employee Retention Credit (ERC) Determining When an Employer’s Trade or Business Operations are Considered to be Fully or Partially Suspended Due to a Governmental Order FAQs, visit the official IRS.gov tax website.

Conclusion and Summary on ERC Credit FAQ #36. Is an employer that operates a trade or business in multiple locations and is subject to a governmental order requiring full or partial suspension of its operations in some jurisdictions, but not in others, considered to have a suspension of operations?

The “Is an employer that operates a trade or business in multiple locations and is subject to a governmental order requiring full or partial suspension of its operations in some jurisdictions, but not in others, considered to have a suspension of operations?” is Frequently Asked Question #36 of many commonly asked questions small business owners are wondering about how to file the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC). The IRS ERC Tax Credit program is a confusing and complex process to determine the correct ERC calculations your business qualifies for. Answers to “Is an employer that operates a trade or business in multiple locations and is subject to a governmental order requiring full or partial suspension of its operations in some jurisdictions, but not in others, considered to have a suspension of operations?” and filling out form 941-X may change slightly from frequently updated rules and regulations from the IRS. Leave a comment below if you have further questions on ERC Credit FAQ #36.

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