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Guidance for 2020 Employer Retention Credit

ER retention credit

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The Internal Revenue Service has issued guidance for employers claiming the 2020 employer retention tax credit. The tax credit is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). It was created to help keep employees on the payroll despite experiencing economic hardships associated with the pandemic.

Employers can claim the tax credit if they:

  • Paid qualified wages between March 12, 2020 – January 1, 2021; and
  • Experience a suspension (full or partial) of their operations or a significant decline in gross receipts.

Employers that received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan can also claim the employee retention credit for 2020. However, employers must choose between claiming this credit or receiving PPP loan forgiveness. The PPP was created to help business keep their workforce employed during the pandemic.

The notice also clarifies employer eligibility and employee retention credit FAQs. There are also some retroactive changes which apply to 2020. Additional guidance will be published soon for 2021 changes.

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Brock Buckellew

Brock Buckellew

Brock Buckellew believes in giving back to his community. He volunteers at several charities as well as serving his local clients with their employee benefit needs. Brock enjoys providing resources and solutions as well as establishing long lasting relationships. As Account Manager for National Insurance Services, Brock works with schools, cities, and counties in Minnesota on their health insurance, wellness plans, benefit communication, and retirement incentives. Brock has a background in employee benefit consulting and is a licensed insurance agent.