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IRS Keeps Hold On Employee Retention Credit Claims to Protect Small Businesses from Fraud

While the IRS has new ERC claims on pause and works to investigate possible fraud, business owners still have the opportunity to protect themselves from potential civil and criminal penalties.

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Over the past year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has discovered billions of dollars in potentially fraudulent Employee Retention Credit (ERC) claims. Due to the high number of claims from ineligible employers, the IRS put an immediate hold on processing new claims for the ERC in September 2023. The moratorium, which the IRS says may be lifted later this spring, was put in place to protect small business owners from aggressive promoters and scams that put businesses at financial risk. While the IRS has new ERC claims on pause and works to investigate possible fraud, business owners still have the opportunity to protect themselves from potential civil and criminal penalties.

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