American Rescue Plan Act – Employee retention credit extended through 2021
Abstract: The employee retention credit (ERC) keeps getting better. Established by 2020’s CARES Act, the credit is designed as an incentive for businesses to keep employees on the payroll despite the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This article reviews the credit under the CARES Act and its expansion by the Consolidated Appropriations Act in late 2020 and the American Rescue Plan Act in 2021. A short sidebar covers when businesses’ operations are “fully or partially suspended” so as to qualify for the ERC.