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Is the Employee Retention Credit a Business Grant? 

 October 9, 2023

By  Jace W Campbell, CPA

Employee Retention Credit Business Grant

Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC), at its core, is not a grant… Rather, it’s a refundable tax credit designed to support businesses that have opted to retain their employees during times of financial crisis. This stimulus effort arose from the turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic… Aiming to aid businesses in sustaining their workforce during this tumultuous period.

Understanding the Employee Retention Tax Credit

Delving deeper into the concept of the ERTC, one might wonder what this credit entails… The complexity of this program is such that it might require a comprehensive explanation spanning dozens of pages… But fret not, as we shall condense this into an easily digestible format. Essentially, it’s a tax break aimed to provide financial relief for businesses during challenging times.

The Intricacies of ERTC Eligibility

When it comes to the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC), understanding the intricacies of its eligibility criteria is paramount… As you are ultimately accountable for these tax credit claims. Irrespective of whether you’re a seasoned CPA or someone who is familiarizing themselves with ERTC through Google searches, it’s essential to remember one fundamental truth – knowledge empowers… And it’s particularly potent when it comes to comprehending and leveraging programs like ERTC.

Almost every type of business and non-profit organization in the U.S. can claim the Employee Retention Credits… The condition? They should have had W-2 employees on their payroll during the pandemic and paid payroll taxes for those employees. That’s it.

Also read: What are IRS Rules for the Employee Retention Credit?

Beware of Dubious ERTC Claims

But here’s where caution needs to be exercised… There are firms out there making dubious claims about their expertise in ERTC, peddling misconceptions about how the program works… But don’t be lured by their promises of “free” money without risks. The IRS has made it abundantly clear that taxpayers are always responsible for their tax filings.

As a licensed CPA and owner of a registered CPA firm in Texas, I consider it my duty to warn the public about the rampant fraud in my industry… Over the next few minutes, we’ll walk you through some critical information about the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) that should be paramount to your decision-making when claiming these credits.

You’ll get to understand what ERTC is, how it came into existence… And more importantly, how your business can qualify for it. Remember, when navigating these waters, knowledge is your best defense and most effective tool.

Common Misconceptions About ERTC

The arena of ERTC is not without its share of misconceptions and misrepresentations… Some firms may entice you with alluring promises, but it’s imperative to decipher the facts from fiction. Not everything that glitters is gold.

Read more: How Do I Check the Status of My ERC Refund?

Why You Should Consider JWC ERTC Advisory CPA

Navigating through ERTC can seem like an arduous journey… It can be beneficial to have an expert by your side. That’s where JWC ERTC Advisory CPA steps in… With a meticulous approach and a deep understanding of the nuances of ERTC, we ensure you’re making informed decisions.

Avoiding Potential ERTC Fraud

With the recent crackdown by the IRS on ERC promoters, and increased efforts to curb ERTC fraud, it’s even more important to have a reliable and trustworthy partner… JWC ERTC Advisory provides an independent eligibility review for taxpayers who’ve previously filed for ERTC but have questions or are skeptical about their eligibility for the credits.

Navigating Fear, Uncertainty and Gains with JWC ERTC Advisory CPA

The labyrinth of tax credits and financial recovery can often be clouded by fear, uncertainty, and potential gains. However, working with JWC ERTC Advisory CPA empowers you with clarity, assurance, and potential financial relief… Together, we can steer your business towards stability and growth.

Jace W Campbell, CPA


Jace founded JWC ERTC Advisory CPA in March 2021 as the nation's first and only public accounting firm focused solely on ERC . . . and nothing else. He has personally signed over 9,000 ERTC claims and is proud to be executing these claims conservatively, and how intended by Congress.

He has a passion for educating clients so they can make the best decision for themselves.  If you read articles and watch videos that Jace produced in 2021, his approach is the same now as it was then.

While other firms pivot their messaging to comply with new IRS guidance, Jace continues preaching the same conservative principles that have helped clients recover hundreds of millions . . . while sleeping easy at night.

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