Yesterday, October 19, 2023, the IRS released information on how to withdraw an ERC claim. In the release, the IRS wrote “for those who filed a claim requesting a refund for an Employee Retention Credit (ERC or ERTC) and would now like to withdraw your claim, details as to whether you can do so and, if so, how to withdraw your claim are available from the IRS.”
Scams and Aggressive Marketing Tactics
As many of you may recall, in September, the IRS issued a moratorium on processing new claims through year’s end. IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel issued the moratorium due to “growing concerns inside the tax agency, from tax professionals as well as media reports that a substantial share of new claims from the aging program are ineligible and increasingly putting businesses at financial risk by being pressured and scammed by aggressive promoters and marketing.”
The moratorium will allow the IRS to add more safeguards to prevent future abuse and protect businesses from predatory tactics, as the IRS works with Justice Department to pursue fraud fueled by aggressive marketing tactics.
ERC Audits and Investigations
Over $2.8 billion of potentially fraudulent Employee Retention Credit claims were part of an IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI). On July 31, 2023, the IRS wrote “Of those, 15 of the 252 investigations have resulted in federal charges. Of the 15 federally charged cases, so far six matters have resulted in convictions, four of those cases have reached the sentencing phase with the average sentence being 21 months.” Criminal Investigation’s work is in addition to ERC audits that have already begun.
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