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Can Churches Claim the Employee Retention Credit? 

 November 25, 2023

By  Jace W Campbell, CPA

Can Churches Claim the Employee Retention Credit

When it comes to the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC), a prevailing question among many religious organizations is: Can churches claim the Employee Retention Credit?

To put it simply, yes, churches—like other non-profit organizations and businesses—can indeed claim the ERTC, provided they had W-2 employees on payroll during the pandemic and paid payroll taxes on those employees…

Understanding these intricacies and how they apply to your unique situation is paramount, as you’re ultimately responsible for these tax credit claims. Always remember—knowledge is power when it comes to understanding and leveraging programs like the ERTC…

Understanding the ERTC

Now that we’ve clarified the primary question, it’s vital to explore more aspects of the ERTC… So, what exactly is the Employee Retention Tax Credit?…

The ERTC, in a nutshell, is a refundable tax credit specifically designed for businesses who retain their employees during times of financial strife… Its primary purpose was to recognize and alleviate the hardships many faced during unprecedented circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic…

Also read: Can Nonprofits Claim the ERTC?

Who is Eligible for ERTC?

Determining eligibility for the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) can be intricate, making it critical to understand how the nuances apply to your unique situation… A broad spectrum of businesses and non-profit organizations in the US, including churches, can claim the Employee Retention Credits…

However, eligibility isn’t universally guaranteed. The crux of this lies in whether you had W-2 employees on payroll during the pandemic and whether you paid payroll taxes on those employees…

Demystifying ERTC Eligibility Criteria

At the heart of ERTC lies its core purpose—to serve as a lifeline for businesses struggling to retain their employees amidst financial distress, particularly during unexpected circumstances such as the COVID-19 pandemic…

To qualify for ERTC, an organization must have been operational when the pandemic began. Additionally, the organization must have experienced either a significant decline in gross receipts or a full or partial suspension of operations due to government orders related to COVID-19.

It’s important to note that tax-exempt organizations are also eligible for the credit. However, governmental entities and self-employed individuals generally do not qualify..

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ERTC and W-2 Employees

A crucial aspect that sets the eligibility criteria is the presence of W-2 employees on your payroll during the period of disruption… ERTC credits are essentially designed for businesses who paid their employees even when their business was significantly impacted…

While some organizations might be inclined to consult various “experts” to navigate ERTC claims, it’s prudent to equip oneself with fundamental knowledge about this process… As we often emphasize, knowledge is indeed power when understanding and leveraging programs like the ERTC…

Navigating ERTC with JWC ERTC Advisory CPA

Should you decide that further assistance is warranted after assessing your eligibility and need for ERTC, professional guidance from a reputable advisory firm like JWC ERTC Advisory CPA can prove invaluable…

Our comprehensive guide detailing the intricacies of the ERTC program will equip you with essential information, making your journey of claiming the credit less daunting and more efficient…

Choosing JWC ERTC Advisory CPA

This brings us to the next crucial point – who should you trust for your ERTC needs?… A reliable choice would be JWC ERTC Advisory CPA.

Not only do we provide comprehensive assistance for claiming the credits, but taxpayers who have previously filed for ERTC but who have questions or are skeptical of their eligibility for the credits can engage us for an independent eligibility review…

Navigating the complexities of ERTC can indeed induce feelings of fear and uncertainty, but with JWC ERTC Advisory CPA, you can rest assured, knowing that your ERTC claims are in experienced and ethical hands…

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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