Freeze on Employee Retention Credit (ERC) Processing
Sep 18, 2023
As of last Thursday, the IRS temporarily halted the processing of new Employee Retention Credit (ERC) claims, owing to a surge in ERC-related scams and fraudulent submissions. IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel expressed concern over genuine small businesses falling prey to deceptive schemes. “As we move further from the pandemic, it becomes evident how the noble intentions behind this program have been exploited,” stated Werfel.
Initially, the ERC was designed to offer relief to businesses and tax-exempt entities. Yet, the allure of a refundable tax credit has led to a rise in opportunistic consulting firms. Many of these firms, while promising substantial refunds, neglect to inform businesses about crucial wage deduction adjustments an other limitations contained within the ERC rules.
- The processing freeze will be in effect until at least Dec. 31, 2023, meaning no new ERC claims will be entertained.
- The IRS will still review the 600,000 previously filed ERC submissions.
- While payments on prior claims will persist, claimants might need to furnish extra documentation to confirm their claim’s authenticity.
- The standard processing timeframe for ERC claims may exceed 180 days, especially if further scrutiny or an audit is required. The IRS notes that several claims are already earmarked for audits.
- Due to the heightened examination of filings, expect processing delays and intensified ERC audit inquiries and criminal probes. The agency’s main focus is on potential fraudulent promoters and enterprises.
- The IRS emphasizes that illegitimate ERC claimants will be liable to repay the credit, potentially with added penalties. Claiming incorrectly might leave businesses in a financially precarious position.
Given the intricate nature of the credit calculation, it’s imperative to partner with a trustworthy firm. Businesses should remain wary of overtly enticing tax-saving pitches. William Vaughan Company, a trusted industry leader, is poised to offer guidance and insights to anyone with concerns about their ERC filing.
Finally, the IRS has provided resources, including updated FAQs, to ensure businesses aren’t swindled by scam promoters or pressured into fraudulent applications. A forthcoming settlement program will also be launched by the agency this fall to oversee the repayment of certain unjust ERC claims. For comprehensive details, refer to the IRS’s official ERC website.
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