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IRS Provides Guidance for Employers Claiming the Employee Retention Credit for 2020, Including Eligibility Rules for PPP Borrowers

The Internal Revenue Service issued guidance for employers claiming the employee retention credit under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), as modified by the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 (Relief Act), for calendar quarters in 2020.

The guidance in Notice 2021-20 is similar to the information in the employee retention credit FAQs, but includes clarifications and describes retroactive changes under the new law applicable to 2020, primarily relating to expanded eligibility for the credit for employers that received a Paycheck Protection Program loan.

While the Relief Act also extended and modified the employee retention credit for the first two calendar quarters in 2021, Notice 2021-20 addresses only the rules applicable to 2020.  The IRS plans to release additional guidance soon addressing the changes for 2021.

 

Notice 2021-20
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