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IRS unveils ‘voluntary disclosure program’ for businesses duped by pandemic-era tax credit

Written by on December 28, 2023

The IRS has unveiled a “voluntary disclosure program” for businesses that claimed a pandemic-era tax credit in error and want to pay the money back.

Worth thousands per employee, the employee retention tax credit, or ERC, was designed to support small businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The lucrative tax break sparked a cottage industry of firms pushing employers to wrongly claim the credit.

The IRS unveiled a “special withdrawal process” for companies with pending claims in September. The new voluntary disclosure program offers applicants the chance to repay credits received at a 20% discount to cover third-party promoter fees.

However, it’s a “limited-time offer,” IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel said during a press call Thursday. The deadline to apply to the voluntary disclosure program is March 22, 2024.


IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel testifies before the House Small Business Committee on July 17, 2013.
James Lawler Duggan | Reuters



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