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Sep 22, 2022

The employee retention credit (ERC) has been an important lifeline to many struggling businesses impacted by the economic uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ERC has helped support many businesses through the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and taxpayers, many with the help of their CPA practitioners, have faithfully filed for refund claims.

However, some taxpayers have been approached by firms or consultants who may promote an overly aggressive narrative with the promise that any and every business can qualify for the ERC. Taxpayers should be wary of such aggressive claims and be conscientious of how to mitigate risks when applying for the ERC.

In this Tax Section Odyssey episode, April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager — Tax Practice & Ethics, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, representing AICPA & CIMA, welcomes back Kristin Esposito, CPA, MST, Director — Tax Policy & Advocacy, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, representing AICPA & CIMA, to discuss this top-of-mind topic.

What you’ll learn in this episode

  • The current environment (1.27)
  • Concerns with overly aggressive firms or consultants (2.48)
  • Steps for taxpayers who have fallen victim (3.51)
  • IRS guidance available and on the horizon around this topic (7.35)
  • Impact on those who have filed legitimate claims (9.02)
  • The latest in processing times for filed Form 941-X, Adjusted Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return or Claim for Refund, and the coordination with examination activities (10.19)
  • AICPA advocacy efforts around ERC (12.20)
  • A page from Kristin’s travel journal (15.29)

 AICPA resources

Keep your finger on the pulse of the dynamic and evolving tax landscape with insights from tax thought leaders in the AICPA Tax Section. The Tax Section Odyssey podcast includes a digest of tax developments, trending issues and practice management tips that you need to be aware of to elevate your professional development and your firm practices.

This resource is part of the robust tax resource library available from the AICPA Tax Section. The Tax Section is your go-to home base for staying up to date on the latest tax developments and providing the edge you need for upskilling your professional development. If you’re not already a member, consider joining this prestigious community of your tax peers. You’ll get free CPE, access to rich technical content such as our Annual Tax Compliance Kit, a weekly member newsletter and a digital subscription to The Tax Adviser.