Frequently asked question #72 “How does an Eligible Employer claim the Employee Retention Credit for qualified wages?” under the How to Claim the Employee Retention Credit 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 #72 How does an Eligible Employer claim the Employee Retention Credit for qualified wages?
ERC Credit Frequently Asked Question #72:
COVID-19-Related Employee Retention Credits:
How to Claim the Employee Retention Credit FAQs
72. How does an Eligible Employer claim the Employee Retention Credit for qualified wages?
Eligible Employers will report their total qualified wages for purposes of the Employee Retention Credit for each calendar quarter on their federal employment tax returns, usually Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return.
Employers also report any qualified sick leave and qualified family leave wages for which they are entitled to a credit under FFCRA on Form 941. The Form 941 is used to report income and social security and Medicare taxes withheld by the employer from employee wages, as well as the employer’s share of social security and Medicare tax.
In anticipation of receiving the Employee Retention Credit, Eligible Employers can fund qualified wages by: (1) accessing federal employment taxes, including withheld taxes that are required to be deposited with the IRS, and (2) requesting an advance of the credit from the IRS for the amount of the credit that is not funded by accessing the federal employment tax deposits, by filing Form 7200, Advance Payment of Employer Credits Due to COVID-19.
For more information, see Deferral of employment tax deposits and payments through December 31, 2020.
The IRS recently posted Frequently Asked Questions addressing the employer’s ability to defer the deposit of all of the employer’s share of social security taxes due before January 1, 2021 under section 2302 of the CARES Act and reduce other employment taxes required to be deposited in an amount equal to the FFCRA sick leave and family leave credits and the Employee Retention Credit.
Example: Employer E paid $10,000 in qualified wages (including qualified health plan expenses) and, after deferral of the employer’s share of social security tax, is otherwise required to deposit $8,000 in federal employment taxes for all of its employees for wage payments made during the same quarter as the $10,000 in qualified wages.
Employer E has no paid sick or family leave credits under the FFCRA. Employer E may keep up to $5,000 of the $8,000 of taxes Employer E was going to deposit, and it will not owe a penalty for keeping the $5,000. Employer E will later account for the $5,000 it retained when it files Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return, for the quarter.
For more Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Department of the Treasury Employee Retention Credit (ERC) How to Claim the Employee Retention Credit FAQs, visit the official IRS.gov tax website.
Conclusion and Summary on ERC Credit FAQ #72. How does an Eligible Employer claim the Employee Retention Credit for qualified wages?
The “How does an Eligible Employer claim the Employee Retention Credit for qualified wages?” is Frequently Asked Question #72 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 “How does an Eligible Employer claim the Employee Retention Credit for qualified wages?” 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 #72.
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