The National Restaurant Association is urging the IRS to release crucial Employee Retention Credits to the pandemic-stricken industry.
Many restaurants that applied for ERC have not received the federal funds. A recent poll found 83 percent of operators who applied for the tax credit over six months ago still have not received any funds.
“The ERC has been a critical recovery tool for hundreds of thousands of restaurants, but far too many are still waiting for their refund from the federal government,” said Sean Kennedy, executive vice president for Public Affairs at the National Restaurant Association.
The issue is compounded by a loss of restaurants’ normal tax deduction for payroll in their 2021 tax filing. This creates a cash flow crisis as many restaurants will owe more in taxes due to refunds they have not received.
“As Tax Day approaches, many restaurants are about to be told to overpay their taxes, with the promise of a refund later,” Kennedy said. “The system can work better for an industry on the ropes, and we are pressing the IRS and Treasury to act on our common sense solutions.”
The National Restaurant Association cited a case of a third-generation family-owned restaurant company in Texas already facing this scenario. Based on their eligibility, the business applied for ERC in the first and second calendar quarters of 2021. Because of the backlog processing Form 941, to date, the restaurant has not received their ERC refunds – but the loss of the payroll tax deductions threaten to trigger a $1.14 million tax liability due by April 18, 2022.
Concannon Miller has helped hundreds of clients apply for Employee Retention Credits, many of which are unfortunately still awaiting refunds from the IRS.
In a letter last month to the IRS, the National Restaurant Association asked the organization to:
- Halt automated collections, including the lien/levy issuance, until the IRS can certify the Form 941 backlog has been resolved.
- Delay the collection process for filers until any mail that may include an abatement request is processed.
- Streamline the reasonable cause penalty abatement process for taxpayers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic without the need for written correspondence.
- Communicate the status of amended returns and ERC refunds, including expected dates for when tax documents will be processed.
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