Was Your Business Impacted by Covid?

You may be eligible to receive up to $26,000 per employee through the Federal Employee Retention Credit (ERC) program

What is the Employee 

Retention Credit?

The employee retention program is a generous stimulus program created under the CARES Act of 2020 to reward businesses that retained employees during the Covid-19 pandemic. It provides business owners a credit (payable by IRS check) up to 50% of employee wages paid in 2020 (max credit of $5,000 per employee) and 70% of wages paid in 2021 (max credit of $21,000 per employee). Due to its obscure nature and tax code complexity, it has been an overlooked and underutilized program.

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How it Works – It’s as simple as 1,2,3!



Determine The Amount You Can Get.


Fill out our no-cost - no-obligation, 10-minute Qualifier Survey with employee headcount, revenue, and operational disruption questions.


At the end of the survey, we'll summarize your eligibility and calculate your estimated credit.


Claim Your Credit 

Our ERC Specialists Will Maximize Your Credit.


We are here to help! With your approval, we'll begin processing your claim and preparing your paperwork for submission to the IRS.


We work on a success fee basis. We only get paid when you get paid.


Get Your Money

Sit Back, Relax, and We'll Do the Work!


We'll keep you updated on the status of your claim, before and after submission.

During the process, additional information, including various payroll records, financial reports, PPP loan information, and business disruption explanations, may be required.

 Again, we manage the entire process for you. 

Processing times in 2022 were as long as 12 months; however, turn times for claims processed in 2023 are expected to improve dramatically. 

Does My Business Qualify?

The eligibility requirements for ERC are as follows: 

Did you know PPP recipients are now eligible?

That's right! Once mutually exclusive, updated IRS rules now allow Paycheck Protection Program recipients to also qualify for the Employee Retention Credit. Certain terms and conditions apply, but don't worry, we'll make this assessment for you and present it in our no-obligation Eligibility Analysis Report.

I have an accountant already, what makes you different?

Your CPA may not be knowledgeable enough, and probably doesn’t have the necessary experience that comes from filing multiple claims. This shortcoming will undoubtedly impact you and your claim.


With IRS guidelines on this issue changing frequently, not being abreast could cost you time and money.


Act now, time is truly running out. $400B has been earmarked for this program. When it’s gone, it’s over. You can’t afford to wait, and you can’t afford to make mistakes that put you at the back of the line.

Our certified tax experts know all the ins-and-outs, and that expertise means you maintain every advantage in not only obtaining the maximum credit but reducing risks resulting from delayed processing times. These funds are finite and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Our Commitment to You
We stand by our work. We provide you with all the worksheets and reports used to prepare your claim package. Revised quarterly payroll reports (941X's) will require your signature.

In the unlikely event of an IRS inquiry or audit, we will assist you in substantiating your ERC eligibility during your claim process, or anytime thereafter.
Over 90% of our submitted claim requests have been accepted, and along with our affiliates, we have successfully satisfied nearly every IRS inquiry or audit.

Why choose Funders?

  • Experience: years of tax defense representation for our clients

  • Commitment: We are dedicated to ERC only

  • Proficiency: We don't make mistakes that others are likely to make

  • Efficiency: We know the ins-and-outs of the claim process, ensuring you get the max you qualify for as quickly as possible.

  • No track record: Their learning curve may be your loss

  • Audit Risk: Less experience means a higher risk of audit for you

  • Inexperienced: They may leave credits you're entitled to on the table

  • Inefficent: This is a land grab, and time is not a luxury for you

Note: 30% of our referrals come from accountants and CPAs

Our Service Fee Guarantee

While we do charge a fee for our service, we only get paid when you get paid. We are in this together! And what’s more, we offer a 100% service fee guarantee. If your claim is contested, for any reason, and the IRS claws back any amount of your credit, our 100% guarantee entitles you to refund of our fees. With our service fee guarantee, you can confidently pursue your credit without fretting about the downside risk.



Why should I use you?

The ERC rules are very complex and disparate. Several changes in the law over 18 months caused the IRS to issue a series of revisions. Identifying the latest rules, embedded throughout the IRS tax code, can be daunting. Your CPA and tax preparer may not have the knowledge and experience you need.

Having filed many claims, our team of tax experts know the ERC code tip-to-toe and that’s important because when we file a claim on your behalf you want to be sure mistakes and oversights don’t derail your filing, putting you at the back of the line. What’s more, knowing the various details of the program will ensure we maximize your credit amount. 

My accountant says I don't qualify.

It’s true; most accounts say this because they are either fearful or not abreast with the guidelines--there were two amendments to the CARES Act that opened up the ERC program to many more businesses.

Accountants and CPAs typically think businesses only qualify by the Revenue Reduction test because it’s the most measurable, yet they ignore the other two: disruptions due to governmental orders or supply chain issues. 

Because these tests can be subjective, accountants are weary of filing under these qualifications, but we find many companies do qualify, and we’ve successfully contested such claims.

Can I get ERC Funds if I already took the PPP?

Yes. The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted December 27, 2020, modified the ERC credit rules, allowing companies with PPP loans to also qualify for ERC.

The amount of wages you can use to qualify for ERC will be a function of wages used for PPP. We will make this assessment for you in our Eligibility Analysis. 

What if I haven't filed for PPP forgiveness?

Surely you should do this because it becomes free money. Now, how you allocate the expenses for forgiveness will have an impact on the amount of ERC you can get. 


When applying for forgiveness, the IRS (and SBA) allow you to allocate as much as 40% of the amount forgiven to non-wage expenses such as rent or lease payments, mortgage interest, utility bills, and a few other “covered” expenses. 


These figures are detailed on form 3508 (PPP loan forgiveness) and it's important to maximize this 40% allocation because it reduces the amount of wages used for forgiveness, freeing up more wages for ERC.


IRS states that both PPP loan forgiveness and ERC can tap wages within overlapping qualifying periods, however, the same wages cannot be used for both. In other words, there is no double dipping.

My revenue went up in 2020, can I still qualify for the ERC program?

There are 3 optional ways to qualify for ERC. If your revenue increased YoY (2020 v. 2019) option 1 may not be applicable, but you may still qualify under options 2 and 3.

1) Revenue reduction; or

2) Supply chain disruptions; or

3) Forced shutdown, curtailment, or suspension of operations by government authority.

Our quick Qualifier Survey walks you through these options, providing an accurate estimate of your credit.  Access the survey here

Will the ERC funds run out?

Possibly. To date, $400B has been earmarked by Congress allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional funding will require another act of Congress.

How am I getting more in ERC credits than I paid in taxes?

The amount of credit is a function of gross wages (including employer paid healthcare). While ERC is classified as a tax credit, the amount is derived by each employee’s wages earned in the particular qualifying quarter in question. 

ERC funds not applied towards owed payroll taxes are treated as an 'over deposit' of taxes and will be requested as a refund check from the IRS.

Can I qualify if I am self employed?

No, business owners owning greater than 50% of the company are not eligible for ERC on their personal wages; however, company staff wages are eligible. IRS Constructive Ownership and Aggregated business rules apply.

How long will it take to get my employee retention credit?

Here's how the process works:

1) Complete the online Qualifier Survey to determine your eligibility;

2) Upload 941s and other requested documents so we can determine your claim and prepare your Eligibility Analysis Report;

3) Engage us to process and submit your claim.

IRS processing times at the onset of the program were high, upwards of 6 months; however, turn-times are improving and well-prepared claim requests are processed within 3 months.

Can I just have my CPA file? Why would I use Funders?

Of course, you could. But consider the ERC filing is a function of payroll tax returns, not income tax returns, and therefore may be outside the purview of your CPA.


Most CPAs don't bother to process these claims because the learning curve may not be worth their while, especially during tax season.

If they were willing to process your claim, it’s likely they would bill you an hourly rate, regardless of the outcome.

We work on a success base fee basis, so there is no risk or burden for you.


We get paid when you get paid, our fee is due and payable only on receipt of funds.


We should note that over 30% of our referrals come from referring accountants and CPAs.At Funders, we have tax specialists dedicated to processing your claims in compliance with the ERC tax code (over 200 pages).


Assist us with the upfront information and supporting documents (941 payroll tax records, spreadsheets, income figures, and PPP info if applicable) and we'll do the rest.

Why Does 2019 Employee Headcount Matter?

ERC rules use 2019 employee headcount as the baseline to determine whether the business qualifies as a small, mid-size or larger employer. This is important because ERC qualifying and available tax credits are different for entities classified by this criteria. Click here for details.


Additionally, Aggregated Employer rules apply and could impact ERC qualifications by total employee headcount or “controlled groups” whereby all combined companies are treated as “one” when it comes to qualifying and the amount of tax credit.

Are ERC Funds Taxable?

The IRS has indicated that ERC credits are not to be reported as income, but they go on that credits generally disallow deductions for the portion of wages or salaries paid or incurred equal to the sum of certain credits determined in the same taxable year, except for the employer’s share of social security and Medicare taxes by any portion of the credit.


A similar issue arose over the IRS’s early position on PPP loan forgiveness as being taxable, which was reversed when Congress passed the Covid-Related Tax Relief Act of 2020. At this time, no such intervening rule has been implemented, and, like always, we advise you to seek counsel with your trusted tax advisor. 

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