Non Profit Organizations

Nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 restrictions that have W-2 employees are most likely eligible to receive the Employee Retention Credit (ERC).

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Nonprofit organizations – from churches to museums, and everything in between – experienced stressful times during the COVID-19 pandemic. Government mandates, such as partial or complete shutdowns, made it very difficult for these nonprofits to continue their work. 

Many people assume that tax-exempt non-profit organizations are ineligible for financial relief in the form of a refundable tax credit, but this is not true with ERC. If you have a nonprofit that has W-2 employees and have been affected by COVID-19 restrictions, then you are most likely eligible to receive the Employee Retention Credit (ERC). ERC is part of the 2020 CARES Act, and it can provide a significant cash benefit per employee for already paid wages. 

If you believe your nonprofit may be eligible, or wish to talk with an experienced Certified Public Accountant (CPA) about your eligibility, reach out to Strategic Tax Planning. You can call us today at (202) 455-6010 or fill out our contact form, and we will reach out to you.

How Can Nonprofits Be Eligible For ERC?

Typically, a nonprofit with W-2 employees must fall into at least one of the two following categories in order to be eligible for ERC:

  • The non profit experienced decreased revenue from quarters 1-4 in 2020 and 1-3 in 2021, compared to 2019
  • The non profits were impacted by government-mandated restrictions

Government mandated restrictions may include things like capacity or hourly restrictions, restrictions on public gatherings, remote work, or other restrictions that limit services. If your nonprofit experienced any of these, consult with a professional to determine your eligibility. 

Nonprofits who received the Paycheck Protection Program loan (PPP 1 and/or 2) can still be eligible for ERC, assuming they experienced decreased revenue or were affected by COVID restrictions. 

What Kinds of Nonprofit Qualify for the ERC?

Speaking with a CPA and team of professionals can help you to better understand if your nonprofit may be eligible. In general, any sort of nonprofit organization may be eligible, including but not limited to:

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Museums
  • Performing arts centers
  • Churches
How Long is the Employee Retention Credit Refund Processing Timeline?

Business owners who have claimed the ERC may be wondering when they can expect to receive the tax credit. With so many businesses being affected by the pandemic, the IRS has a high volume of applications to process. Every case is unique and will have a different timeline. Your refund could be processed in about 8 months, although it may take longer. 

If you wish to check the status of your refund, you may call the IRS, or use the “Where’s My Refund?” feature on the IRS website.

Find a CPA Firm You Can Rely On For Your ERC Claims

Claiming the Employee Retention Credit can be a needed relief for many nonprofit organizations, but it is important to make sure you and your tax planners are diligent and thorough when examining your eligibility. It is critical to note that the IRS will carefully examine your claim for this credit. Submitting a claim with false information can lead to compliance risk such as ERC audits in the future, setting up potential disaster.

Strategic Tax Planning’s experienced tax professionals and CPAs will work closely with you and your nonprofit, ensuring all of your Employee Retention Credit qualifications and facts are accurate and in order. We are here to help you receive your deserved relief for persevering during difficult financial times. 

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We analyze your business to determine if you qualify for the Employee Retention Credit.

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We will help your gather the essential documentation as comprehensive support for your ERC claim.

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Our team will develop a tax planning strategy that optimizes benefits for your unique situation.

Ensure Compliance

We will mitigate your risk by ensuring you stay compliant with regulatory guidelines.

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