IRS Warns Taxpayers to Brace for Demands to Return Funds Wrongly Received for Pandemic-Era Relief

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a notice to taxpayers that as part of its compliance crackdown on dubious pandemic-era tax credit claims, the agency will be sending out letters to taxpayers demanding the return of funds “erroneously claimed and received.”
The IRS’s latest warning, issued on Dec. 6, relates to a flood of bad claims for the pandemic-era relief program known as the Employee Retention Credit (ERC). This is a refundable tax credit designed for businesses that continued paying employees during COVID-19 shutdowns.
A large number of improper ERC claims were pushed by predatory promoters on unwitting businesses, with an investigation by the IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) division uncovering over $2.8 billion of potentially fraudulent ERC claims….


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