The Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) was established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, but limitations on its availability tempered interest in the relief measure. That is about to change, thanks to significant changes made on Dec. 27, 2020, by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the Act). The ERTC is now available to employers that received loans under the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), so any employer meeting ERTC eligibility criteria can benefit. Because employers potentially benefit from the enhanced ERTC on a retroactive basis, employers should immediately begin analyses to identify and calculate the value of retroactive or prospective ERTC benefits.
PPP Loan Forgiveness,
Consolidated Appropriations Act,
Employee Retention Tax Credit,
The Consolidated Appropriations Act passed on Dec. 27, 2020 provided some much needed COVID-19 relief measures along with its government funding provisions. After much back and forth among Congress about the size and scope of the stimulus package, several opportunities emerged in the final legislation, the first major stimulus package released since the spring’s Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Below are eight actions your organization may want to take as part of its recovery from COVID-19 disruption.
Paid Family and Medical Leave,
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act,
Employee Retention Credits,
Employee Payroll Tax Deferral,
The IRS and the Social Security Administration have released 2021 inflation-adjusted figures for more than 50 tax provisions. In addition to a 1.3% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security beneficiaries, details about adjustments to tax rate schedules, exemptions, and various thresholds for deductions and credits were announced. The tax year 2021 adjustments generally are used on tax returns filed in 2022.
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,
The research and development (R&D) tax credit is one of the most widely applicable tax credits available to businesses. It provides an incentive for most companies to bring new or improved products to the marketplace or to improve production processes. R&D tax credits may also be applied retroactively, which could result in cash refunds from previously filed tax returns. Smaller businesses benefit as well. Companies with gross receipts that are less than $50 million can use the credit to offset alternative minimum tax (AMT) liability, and qualifying start-up companies can use the credit to offset payroll tax.
research and development,
research and development tax credit,