To claim the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) for a previous quarter on Form 941-X, you’ll need to follow these steps:

Jun 14, 2023 | Affiliates, Business Insurance

  1. Obtain the Correct Version of Form 941-X. Ensure you have the most recent version of Form 941-X, which is for amending previously filed Form 941. Visit the IRS website or consult a tax professional to obtain the appropriate form.
  2. Complete the Basic Information. Provide the essential information at the top of Form 941-X. This includes your name, address, Employer Identification Number (EIN), and the quarter you are amending.
  3. Determine the Quarter for the Employee Retention Credit. Identify the specific quarter for which you are claiming the Employee Retention Credit. The ERC is available for wages you pay between March 13, 2020, and December 31, 2020.
  4. Calculate the Employee Retention Credit: Calculate the amount of the ERC you are claiming for the specific quarter. Consider eligible wages paid to employees, the applicable wage base, and any limitations or criteria outlined by the IRS.
  5. Complete Part 1 of Form 941-X. In Part 1, provide information regarding your original Form 941, including the amended quarter, the original amounts reported on Form 941 for the specific line items, and the adjustments being made.

Other Steps To Follow

  1. Complete Part 2 of Form 941-X: In Part 2, report the correct amounts for each line item that they amend. Adjust the previously reported amounts based on the changes from claiming the Employee Retention Credit. Include the correct figures for wages, withholding, tax liabilities, and other applicable line items.
  2. Calculate the Difference: Calculate the difference between the original amounts reported on Form 941 and the corrected amounts after claiming the Employee Retention Credit. Therefore, this will determine the net adjustment for each line item they amend.
  3. Provide an Explanation: Include a detailed explanation of the adjustments on Form 941-X. Clearly state that the amendments are related to claiming the Employee Retention Credit and provide the specific reasons for the adjustments.
  4. Attach Supporting Documentation: Support your claims by attaching any required supporting documentation, such as payroll records, and employee lists. Moreover, any other relevant documentation substantiating the Employee Retention Credit.
  5. Sign and Submit: Sign and date the completed Form 941-X. Keep a copy for your records and submit the form and any supporting documentation to the appropriate IRS address provided in the instructions.
  6. Track the Amended Return: Keep track of your amended return by maintaining copies of the filed Form 941-X. Moreover, supporting documentation, and any correspondence or notifications received from the IRS.
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We highly recommend consulting with a tax professional or seeking guidance from the IRS to ensure accurate completion and submission of Form 941-X for claiming the Employee Retention Credit. In addition, Tax laws and regulations may change, and professional advice will help ensure compliance with the most up-to-date requirements.


The information provided here is for general guidance purposes only. Furthermore, it should not be considered professional tax or legal advice. Please consult a tax professional or the IRS for specific instructions and guidance related to your situation.

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