IRS Suspends Processing of New ERC Claims

October 12, 2023

The IRS is continuing to warn businesses about aggressive marketing by nefarious actors involving the Employee Retention Credit (ERC). It has suspended the processing of ERC claims until at least year end because of a spike in the number of fraudulent claims.

The IRS has now issued a series of red flags businesses should bear in mind. Warning signs include:

  • Unsolicited calls mentioning an “easy application process,”
  • Claims that a business qualifies for the ERC even before any discussion of the business’s tax situation, and
  • Large upfront fees and additional fees based on a percentage of the refund claim.

Eligible employers can claim the ERC on an original or amended employment tax return for qualified wages paid between March 13, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2021. But there are very specific eligibility requirements; careful review is required to determine eligibility. The IRS recommends businesses work with a trusted tax professional.

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