Withdrawal process for ERC claims
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Withdrawal process for ERC claims

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As part of a larger effort to protect small businesses and organizations from scams, the IRS today has implemented a special withdrawal process to help those who filed an Employee Retention Credit (ERC) claim and are concerned about its accuracy.

This new withdrawal option allows certain employers that filed an ERC claim, but have not yet received a refund, to withdraw their submission and avoid future repayment, interest, and penalties. Employers that submitted an ERC claim that is still being processed can withdraw their claim and avoid the possibility of getting a refund for which they’re ineligible.

Who can ask to withdraw an ERC claim

Employers can use the ERC claim withdrawal process if of all the following apply:

  • They made the claim on an adjusted employment return (Forms 941-X, 943-X, 944-X, or CT-1X).
  • They filed the adjusted return only to claim the ERC and made no other adjustments.
  • They want to withdraw the entire amount of their ERC claim.
  • The IRS has not paid their claim, or the IRS has paid the claim, but haven’t cashed or deposited the refund check.

Taxpayers who are not eligible to use the withdrawal process can reduce or eliminate their ERC claim by filing an amended return. For details, see the Correcting an ERC claim–Amending a return section of the frequently asked questions about the ERC.

How to withdraw an ERC claim

To take advantage of the claim withdrawal procedure, you should direct your clients to carefully follow the special instructions at this page, summarized below.

  • Taxpayers whose professional payroll company filed their ERC claim should consult with the payroll company. The payroll company may need to submit the withdrawal request for the taxpayer, depending on whether the taxpayer’s ERC claim was filed individually or batched with others.
  • Taxpayers who filed their ERC claims themselves; haven’t received, cashed, or deposited a refund check; and have not been notified their claim is under audit should fax withdrawal requests to the IRS. The IRS has set up a special fax line to receive withdrawal requests. This enables the agency to stop processing before the refund is approved. Taxpayers who are unable to fax their withdrawal can mail their request, but this will take longer for the IRS to receive.
  • Employers who have been notified they are under audit can send the withdrawal request to the assigned examiner or respond to the audit notice if no examiner has been assigned.

Those who received a refund check, but haven’t cashed or deposited it, can still withdraw their claim. They should mail the voided check with their withdrawal request using these instructions.

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