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IRS ERC Claims Update: What Businesses Need to Know About Denials, Processing, and Withdrawal

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued a significant update on Employee Retention Credit (ERC) claims processing. This information, detailed in IR-2024-169, is crucial for businesses navigating the complexities of claiming this credit.

Understanding the Announcement: A Video Explanation

Before diving into the details, let’s watch a quick explainer video summarizing the key points:

Key Takeaways from the IRS Announcement

The IRS announcement focuses on three main areas:

  1. Denial of High-Risk Claims: The IRS has identified and denied tens of thousands of ERC claims deemed to be high-risk. These claims typically exhibit clear signs of not meeting the eligibility criteria set forth by Congress.
  2. Resumption of Low-Risk Claim Processing: The good news is that the IRS has resumed processing low-risk claims. These claims are considered to have a low chance of being improper. Businesses that filed low-risk claims can expect to start receiving their ERC payments by late summer 2024.
  3. Voluntary Withdrawal Program: The IRS encourages businesses with concerns about the legitimacy of their ERC claims to utilize the special Voluntary Withdrawal Program. Participating in this program allows businesses to withdraw their claims and avoid potential compliance issues and penalties down the road.

What This Means for Your Business

These developments from the IRS can significantly impact your company’s ERC claim. Here’s how you can navigate the situation:

  • Review Your ERC Claim: Carefully assess your ERC claim to determine if it falls into the high-risk category. The IRS website provides resources and guidance to help with this evaluation
  • Contact the IRS: If you have concerns about your claim after the review, reach out to the IRS directly for further clarification.
  • Consider the Withdrawal Program: Businesses with questionable claims should strongly consider participating in the Voluntary Withdrawal Program. This program offers a safe and transparent way to rectify any potential issues.

Seeking Professional Help

The complexities surrounding ERC claims can be overwhelming. Consulting with a qualified tax professional can be highly beneficial. They can help you:

  • Assess your claim’s eligibility.
  • Navigate the withdrawal program if necessary.
  • Ensure proper documentation and filing for future claims.

Staying Informed

The IRS continues to update its guidance on ERC claims. Regularly checking the IRS website for the latest information is essential.


The recent IRS announcement provides some much-needed clarity on ERC claim processing. By understanding these updates and taking the necessary steps, businesses can ensure they receive the credits they deserve while avoiding any potential pitfalls.

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