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Selling a Business Means You Should Expect the Unexpected

No one ever said selling a business was predictable. However, the truth of the matter is that every sale is different. Even the reasons behind a business owner deciding to sell his or her business vary tremendously. If you are getting ready to sell, it’s important to be aware of the various aspects that could catch you off-guard. If you are prepared for the unexpected, you’ll be mentally ready for the sales process, which often does not go as planned. Even the smoothest and most streamlined sales encounter a few road bumps along the way. 

Price Considerations

When it comes to the price structure for a potential sale, many business owners have numbers in their minds that do not meet with reality. As a result, a potential offer could be far less than what they expected, and this causes conflict and delays. Your brokerage professional will prepare you with a thorough valuation so you can have a clear idea of the fair market price of your business. Be sure to ask any questions that you might have so that you feel fully informed when it comes to prices.

Confidentiality 

Throughout the sales process, confidentiality must be carefully guarded. Otherwise, this too can interfere with a sale. Your business broker or M&A advisor will have effective strategies to help maintain the highest levels of confidentiality. Even with the best safeguards in place, there is a small chance that a rumor could begin to circulate and word could get out to your employees, customers or supplies. In the case of this incident, it’s important to have a contingency plan in place to quell the rumors. 

Your Stockholders

Oftentimes, business owners of privately owned companies forget that their minority stockholders have rights too. You will not be able to sell your business without dealing with all parties involved. When you get a “fairness opinion,” it can go a long way to convince your shareholders of the best price and terms. Even if your shareholders are members of your family, they will have to be successfully dealt with before the sale goes through. 

Expect to Allocate Time

You may have hired an experienced business broker or M&A advisor, but you should still be prepared to spend some time dealing with the sale of your business. You’ll be expected to do everything from prepare documents to meet with prospective buyers. This fact that selling will take up your time is particularly true if you haven’t begun making preparations years in advance. That’s why we advise clients to start working with us early on.

You’ll want to make sure that despite your need to focus on elements pertaining to the sale of your business, it is necessary to keep your business running smoothly. Otherwise, any signs of weakness could interfere with your potential sale and your efforts could backfire. This issue just stresses the importance of preparing to sell years in advance. 

Through the sales process you must still run your company as well as ever. You’ll want to make sure things are progressing nicely, even if you don’t plan to own the company in the near future. Obviously, your buyer will want things to look reliable and any dips can trigger a red flag. 

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The 2 Best Ways to Make Your Company Special

Specializing in one product or service allows you to focus on delivering that thing better than everyone else. It enables you to hire (or train) specialists in your field, improving the quality of your work, which leads to happier customers. And satisfied customers buy again and refer their friends.

That’s why specialists often grow faster even while they are spending less on marketing, leading to better profit margins and, ultimately, a more valuable company. Specializing in a specific product or service has tremendous benefits, but what if your customers expect you to deliver a range of offerings?

That’s when the second form of specialization can help: focusing on a specific industry.

The Benefits of Becoming an Industry Expert

Specializing in serving a specific industry confers several benefits. First, offering your products or services to one industry allows you to learn the language spoken in that sector. Every industry and profession has a unique language, and being able to speak the jargon can benefit your company. Knowing your industry’s lingo can indirectly communicate to your customers that you are experienced, knowledgeable, and able to navigate the space.

Furthermore, focusing on one sector ensures you stay current with industry trends, which will result in being able to identify new opportunities for your customers sooner than a competitor who serves multiple industries.

Most importantly, specializing in one industry allows your employees to become experts in a sector. You may be an expert in an industry, but chances are, they’re not (particularly when you first hire them). Focusing on a sector accelerates how quickly your staff can become fluent in your industry’s lexicon, which allows you to delegate customer relationship management faster and more successfully.

Specializing in an Industry Led to a 20x Increase in Revenue

For example, look at the story of UK-based founder Raman Sehgal. Sehgal started a small marketing agency called ramarketing in 2009. By 2015 the business had grown to the Pound Sterling equivalent of around $500,000 USD in revenue, but the company was losing customers as fast as they were winning new ones.

Frustrated with his company’s lack of progress, Sehgal decided to do a complete analysis of his business. He found that ramarketing’s most valuable customers (low maintenance, sticky, high gross margin, etc.) were in the pharmaceutical industry. Sehgal decided to pivot his business to solely serve clients in the pharmaceutical supply chain. 

Beginning to serve one industry created a sequence of positive events for ramarketing. 

Becoming an industry specialist allowed ramarketing to stay up to date with industry trends, learn the lingo, and ultimately improve the quality of their work. An increase in customer satisfaction led to more referrals and a strong reputation in the sector.

His employees began to understand the intricacies of the industry. In the pharmaceutical space, there are many rules and laws to adhere to. Understanding the regulations allowed Sehgal’s employees to better serve their customers.

Subsequently, the business boomed. 

 The Proof Is in the Pudding

Sehgal’s once stagnant marketing agency grew from $500,000 in turnover in 2015, to over $10 million by 2022, which is when Sehgal accepted an acquisition offer from NorthEdge Capital of more than 10x EBITDA.

In Summary

Sehgal’s bold decision to specialize in the pharmaceutical industry led to a 20x increase in revenue and, ultimately, a lucrative exit.

Narrowing your product or service line is the most common way to increase your company’s value but specializing in one industry carries many of the same benefits.

Selling Your Business at the Right Time

By JoAnn Lombardi, VR Business Sales/Mergers & Acquisitions, President

In a perfect world, business owners sell their companies when banks are anxious to lend, the economy is strong, their industry is booming and the business is enjoying record profitability, with the future looking even brighter. Naturally, a perfect convergence of all of these variables would enable you to maximize the value of your business – allowing you to sell it at the highest price and on the best terms.

But most business owners don’t sell when market conditions are perfect. Instead, they make the decision for more personal reasons, such as to retire or to free up cash to pursue other investment opportunities. Unfortunately, many businesses are sold when the owner dies unexpectedly or is otherwise unable to run the business. These unplanned events increase the chance that the business will realize a lower selling price than it would in better circumstances.

Questions to Ask

Before you make the decision to sell, you need to ask yourself several questions. First, how motivated are you to sell? Selling a business is an arduous process that can take a year or more from the initial valuation to finding a buyer to finalizing the deal.

Second, have you adequately prepared your business to be sold? Most experts agree that owners should plan for the sale of their business at least three years in advance. You may even want to plan for an eventual sale as you’re still establishing and building your business.

But even if you have no current plans to sell, managing your company as if it will be sold is likely to result in a more efficient, financially-viable business. For example, your business plan should evaluate growth opportunities, market position and business goals; and explain how progress in reaching these goals will be measured. Not only is your business plan an important tool in unlocking the current value in your company, but it also serves as an initial prospectus for prospective buyers.

Internal and External Factors

Keeping an eye on economic cycles and how they affect the merger and acquisition market is important. The market for privately-owned companies can be just as cyclical as that for publicly- traded companies. Economic recessions, for example, generally mean there are fewer buyers. General economic weakness can also result in a drop in your business’s profitability and a perception among buyers that your business is a risky acquisition.

Also be aware of your business’s growth cycle and plan to sell when sales growth has reached a peak. Of course, this isn’t always easy to calculate, and typically requires the help of outside advisors. Further, you are better positioned to sell if your company boasts valuable patents, brands, proprietary products or a lucrative market niche.

Businesses are typically valued on a multiple of earnings. Therefore, your business’ earnings must be transparent and documented. Many deals are funded with bank debt, and most lenders won’t finance a transaction without stable cash flows that can be verified through an audit. Buyers also usually look for breadth of management because it reduces the company’s dependence on the departing owner and allows the buyer to learn the business from an experienced management team.

There are also a number of relatively minor things you can do to enhance the perceived value of your company and make it more attractive to purchasers. Cleaning up and organizing office, factory and warehouse spaces are an inexpensive enhancement. Repairing or replacing equipment may cost a bit more, but will help you attract buyers seeking a turnkey operation. Finally, consider disposing of unproductive assets or old inventory that buyers don’t want to be burdened with.

Maximizing Your Selling Price

Selling your business can be a time-consuming and complex process, but you’re likely to maximize your selling price by planning the event well in advance and by engaging qualified advisors at VR Mergers & Acquisitions to assist you. While a deal can often be put together quickly, maximizing value means that selling your business may take time. Remember, you don’t want to feel pressured to take the first bid, or to accept terms that are less than favorable.

Preparing for Your Eventual Retirement

Many business owners are truly committed to their businesses. As a result, it is very difficult for them to step away even when they approach retirement age. It is not uncommon for business owners to keep working into their golden years. But the truth of the matter is that at some point almost everyone will need to embrace retirement whether it is for health issues, moving to a new location, or simply for greater peace of mind.

If you see this path approaching for you in the near future, it could feel overwhelming. After all, most people have not sold a business before. As a result, they feel unclear about the process and don’t know where to start. However, everyone should be thinking about the eventual sale of their business because this future event should determine many of your current activities and decisions. 

Let’s take a look at some things you can do well in advance to ensure that an eventual sale of your business goes as smoothly as possible. 

Automate Processes

When prospective buyers look at your business, they will want to be able to easily envision it operating smoothly without you involved. Because a good portion of business owners are so integral to the functioning of their businesses, it can be difficult for them to figure out how to decouple themselves from operations. In some cases, this process can take years. 

Now is a good time to consider this issue and what you can do to make sure your business can function without you one day. Give some thought to who at your organization could be a second in command. When a buyer sees that a competent and knowledgeable employee will be staying on to assist them, it can go a long way in allaying any concerns. 

Put Yourself in the Buyer’s Shoes

Imagine you were buying your business. What kinds of issues might be of concern to you? Chances are these will be the same issues that could concern potential buyers. Once you have identified any spots of weakness, you can start to zero in on figuring out how to handle them.

First and foremost, you will want your buyer to feel confident that there will be a smooth transition and that they can almost immediately begin to profit from their purchase of your business. Anything that you can do to help ensure that is true will benefit the sales process. 

Business brokers and M&A advisors are experts in the world of buying and selling businesses. They will help you to properly evaluate your business and look for these areas of weakness. Through this means when you do decide it is time to retire, the process will go more quickly and seamlessly. 

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A Seller’s Dilemma

When one sells their house, the best deal is usually the highest price.  When one decides to sell their business, there may be other factors to consider.  Many buyers are similar to the “overlooked” buyer described below, serious and qualified; and most sales of businesses are win-win transactions.  However, there are a few exceptions, and sellers should consider them carefully, balancing their prerequisites to the goals of the buyer.

Selling to a Competitor – Many company owners think this is the best way to go.  They read about the mega-mergers such as Bank of America and Fleet bank, or the pending deals such as Federated and the May Company Department Stores, and U.S. Air and American West.  Consolidation may play a major role in large public companies; this is not the case in middle market companies.

Many owners of middle market firms look at these mega-deals and think it might work for them.  However, upon further consideration, they realize that by disclosing a lot of confidential information to a competitor, their business could suffer irreparable damage if the deal would fall apart – and many do.

Selling to a Strategic Acquirer – This may bring the highest price, but there are several reasons why this may not be in the company’s best interest.  Many owners have worked with key employees for years and would not like to see them replaced. The strategic owner might not only replace members of management, but might also move the company to another part of the country.

Selling to a Financial Buyer – This buyer may not be willing to pay the seller’s price and is usually buying a company with intentions of selling it at a profit in three to five years.  This leaves the company and its employees in limbo waiting for a new owner to take over.

Other Buyers – The employees may decide to buy the company (ESOP).  However, this usually means a long-term payout for the owner. An individual buyer may come along such as a Warren Buffett, but what are the chances?  A key member or members of management might decide to purchase the company, but generally they won’t pay the price.  If a sale is not consummated, the key management member(s) will most likely leave.

The “Overlooked” Buyer – There are many individuals who want to own their own company.  They might be former executives of major companies who want to do something on their own. Some buyers have access to large amounts of investment capital. There are many qualified individual buyers in the market place. Russ Robb, the editor of a leading M& A newsletter, M&A Today, has written a book, Buying Your Own Business, for those individuals interested in buying their own company. This book has sold over 20,000 copies, which indicates the large number of people who are interested in buying a company.

There Is No Magic Answer – Selling a company comes with no guarantees.   When Badger Meter Company, a public company headquartered in Milwaukee, acquired Data Industrial Corporation based in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, this appeared to be a marriage made in heaven.  Their respective product lines fit like a glove, their corporate cultures seemed compatible, and sales expansion by cross-selling was evident.

This strategic acquisition would have been fine except for one change.  The parent company moved Data Industrial’s operation to Kansas, and every employee’s job was terminated.  However, one should not construe that all acquisitions by strategic or competitive acquirers end up in a similar fate.  Furthermore, for price considerations, the seller can draft restrictions in the Purchase & Sale agreement to prevent the transfer of the business, at least for a specified time period.

Certainly selling to the overlooked type buyer doesn’t guarantee all of the seller’s concerns, but knowing the interests of some of the various buyer types can help insure that the goals of both buyer and seller are met.  Sellers should determine their goals prior to attempting to sell their business.  A consultation with a professional intermediary is a good start to this process.

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A Look at the Market Pulse Report

The Market Pulse Report Survey is a resource that has a variety of information that business brokers and M&A advisors regularly utilize to better understand the business landscape. The most recent survey was conducted April 1st to April 15th 2022 and had 360 broker and advisor respondents. It also marked the 40th edition of the quarterly report. The Executive Summary of the report can be accessed here https://www.ibba.org/resource-center/industry-research/ 

The Main Street Market 

One notable fact included in the latest report is that in the Main Street market, between 70% to 80% of buyers are likely to come from within a 20-mile radius. However, with larger companies, it is common for buyers to originate from a distance of over 100 miles away or greater.

The survey also indicated there are two key “headwinds” that businesses are currently facing. These include labor shortages and supply chain issues. Not surprisingly, labor issues are currently creating problems for organic growth. Likewise, supply chain issues can cause prospective buyers to shy away from a business.

The Profile of Current Buyers

The survey also indicated that Main Street buyers not only include the “typical” first-time business buyer. These individuals are often looking for a job in the form of owning a business. Serial entrepreneurs who have made money off previous deals are also now seeking to jump back in and buy another business. The survey indicates that about one-third of buyers who purchased businesses in the $500K to $1M range are serial entrepreneurs. 

Additionally, there is a great deal of money flooding into the industry. The money is mostly coming from private equity, family offices, and corporations. Feeling burned by the lack of bank credit by the 2008-2009 economic downturn, these buyers don’t want to get caught in a similar situation again. 

A Seller’s Market

The survey indicates that it is currently a seller’s market and that record setting multiples have been occurring. In Q1, an impressive 97% of businesses were receiving their asking price. However, nothing lasts forever. If you’re considering selling your business, it’s a good idea to start making progress now before this trend stops benefitting sellers. 

Even with the strong sales track record last quarter, it’s important to note that a fast sale is still improbable. Even in the best economic conditions, it typically takes many months to sell a business. 

There are many factors currently benefiting sellers, such as low interest rates, SBA involvement, and people not wanting to work for corporations. However, it’s important not to wait for the “right moment” as often that moment never comes. 

It’s always a good idea to begin taking steps to prepare for the sale of your business as soon as possible. This can make a tremendous difference toward fostering a positive final outcome.

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3 Ways to Make Your Business Appealing to Buyers

If you are like most business owners, you have never sold a business before and might not have a clear idea of what the process is like. We recommend preparing your business in a way that makes the sale and transition process as easy for your buyer as possible. It should come as no surprise that buyers will like the idea of an easy transition. 

It will be very beneficial if you take the time in advance to evaluate the steps and think about what you can do on your end to benefit your buyer. Since you’re the expert on your business, you have unique insights into what would make the transition the most seamless for the other party. When you prepare for the sale with your buyer’s experience in mind, you will likely not only speed up the sales process, but also increase the selling price. 

1. Automate Processes

Just like you may have never sold a business before, your buyer may have never bought a business before. If you can figure out how to automate as many processes as you can, it will help with their workflow and reduce the level of intimidation your buyer may be feeling about taking over. 

2. Establish a Second in Command

One thing you can do is have a second in command on your staff. If there is a competent employee that your buyer can depend upon for assistance and support, that fact alone will be tremendously attractive. If you do not yet have that person in place, you might have an eye on choosing a person and preparing them for this role. Speaking of staff, you will want to make sure your entire staff is well-trained and any HR issues are resolved in advance. 

3. Keep Things Consistent 

As you get closer to the time you will put your business up for sale, you will want to begin to work with vendors and key customers. You will want to ensure that the supply chain and significant customers are consistent. Otherwise, this could cause major disruptions for your buyer and impede his or her success.  Of course, it goes without saying that you’ll want to keep the potential sale of your business completely confidential. If customers, vendors, and even employees learn about an upcoming sale, this fact alone can lead to a chain reaction of disruptions and problems. 

A business broker or M&A advisor can help in a wide variety of ways when you are getting ready to sell. They are experts in maintaining confidentiality while taking you through the sales process from start to finish. Brokerage professionals will also assess your business and inform you of any areas that could be improved to make your business more attractive to buyers. 

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4 Takeaways from the Latest BizBuySell Quarterly Report

BizBuySell is an online resource that focuses on offering unique content that specifically addresses the needs of buyers and sellers. To make this happen, BizBuySell has teamed with a range of experienced business brokers who are covering topics relevant to business owners, buyers, and sellers. For example, they feature articles that focus on how to make a business more interesting to a potential buyer. These resources help to position BizBuySell as a go-to place for a range of relevant business information.

Of course, every quarter BizBuySell publishes Insight Reports complete with interactive market data. These reports offer a comprehensive overview of trends that are essential for brokerage professionals to know about. The latest report can be accessed here. It covers important trends noted in the first quarter of the year. 

Some of the changes that were noted in this important report include the following:

1. Rebounding Transactions

For Q1 2022, the Quarterly Report indicates that transactions are continuing to rebound from the slump of Q2 2020. Year over year, transactions shot up a whopping 24% and are now beginning to return to 2019 levels. 

Overall, the main sector that seems to be holding back an even stronger rebound is the restaurant sector, which is still not where it was in pre-pandemic years. However, with that stated, the restaurant sector has also dramatically improved and has shot up by 42% year over year. Yet, the restaurant sector is still down 22% from Q1 2019.

2. Changing Buyer Preferences 

When BizBuySell surveyed buyers as to what kind of business they wanted to buy, the numbers were eye opening. 35% of surveyed buyers responded that they were interested in the service sector, and this was followed by 15% of respondents choosing retail. Director of Sales Doug Whitmire stated, “Buyer demand seems to be leaning toward business services, self-storage, car washes, as well as advanced distribution services for manufacturers. There have been few opportunities, so buyers are flocking to them and inventory is limited.” The result of the limited inventory is record sales prices.

3. Listing Growth

In Q1 2022 listing growth has increased substantially, with service listings up 14%. While the restaurant sector is obviously still lagging, it is important to note that the Quarterly Report indicated that restaurants were experiencing a 10% growth. If the pandemic continues to recede, we could see a robust rebound in the restaurant sector.

4. A Boom in Sellers

The Q1 report also indicates that sellers, who have previously been sitting on the sidelines, are deciding that now is the time to sell. Once again there is talk of a “silver tsunami” approaching as Baby Boomers begin to sell. It is also interesting to note that many of those who are selling are doing so due to burnout. Importantly, burnout is occurring for a variety of diverse reasons, ranging from supply chain and labor issues to pandemic burnout.

Advice for Sellers

The BizBuySell team strongly advises that sellers should fix major supply chain issues before entering the market. Whitmire noted, “We try to get our clients to work with us to fix those issues before we go to market. Many times, you only have one chance with a buyer and then you lose them.” It definitely makes sense for sellers to try their best to remedy any issues that might have resulted from Covid-related circumstances. This will ensure that the sales process goes as smoothly as possible. 

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Rules of Thumb Don’t Reveal the Whole Picture Why VR Believes in Completing a Thorough Business Valuation

By JoAnn Lombardi, VR Business Sales/Mergers & Acquisitions, President

VR Mergers & Acquisitions customarily use the cost, income and market approaches when valuing a business. But where do less scientific metrics – like industry rules of thumb – fit into the valuation paradigm.

The International Glossary of Business Valuation Terms defines “rule of thumb” as:

“a mathematical formula developed from the relationship between price and certain variables based on experience, observation, hearsay, or a combination of these; usually industry specific.”

Rules of thumb serve as useful sanity checks for controlling interests valued using more technically sound methods. However, VR staunchly believes that they should not be used as the sole method of valuation for several fundamental reasons:

They’re unsupported. Not to be confused with the market approach – which derives valuation multiples from customized empirical data and in-depth statistical analysis – rules of thumb are based largely on folklore or word of mouth.

For instance, suppose an owner hears “through the grapevine” that a competing business sold for 80% of revenues. Although the formula may be worth noting, the firm has no means of verifying the rumor’s accuracy or underlying details. When you have your business valuated by a professional, you will get a complete examination of what you should be selling your business for, where the buyer will know exactly what they’re receiving.

They’re oversimplified. Valuation formulas also fail to account for differences between industry participants, such as non-operating assets, niche markets, management quality, operating risks or geographic location. Simply stated, they don’t consider many of the underlying factors, risks and attributes specific to a business that directly affect its overall value.

Moreover, ambiguous rules of thumb leave many unanswered questions. To illustrate, VR asks you to consider the prevalent rule of thumb for manufacturers of three to five times earnings:

  • Does the term “earnings” refer to net income; earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA); or something in between?
  • Does the formula assume an asset or a stock sale?
  • Does it include real estate, inventory and intangibles?
  • Does it generate a cash equivalent price, or did underlying transactions involve extended payouts, such as earn-outs or seller financing?

They’re outdated. As demand fluctuates, old transaction data may lose its relevance. Pricing multiples are affected by general economic conditions as well as industry forecasts and trends. For instance, an influx of new competitors, revolutionary technology or industry roll-ups might have an impact on pricing multiples.

They’re not credible in court. Historically, courts have rejected rule-of-thumb value determinations if used as a stand-alone valuation method.

If you’re looking to sell your business or, at the very least, determine what your company’s value is worth, make an appointment to consult your VR M&A Advisor in your area. They will be able to guide you away from the incorrect assumptions of “rules of thumb,” and directly to the hard, accurate numbers that a comprehensive business valuation provides.

There’s Still Time to Claim the ERC!

By Lindsay Polyak, Partner
Tax Credit Collective

In 2020 and 2021, an astounding number of small businesses began feeling the impacts of government mandates around COVID-19 regulations. Unfortunately, small businesses took a major hit then and many are still feeling the ripple effects of those mandates two years later.

The silver lining (and perhaps the government’s way of rewarding employers for continuing to pay their people during hard times) is The Employee Retention Credit. Most likely you have heard the words “employee retention credit” or “ERC” floating around. The good news is your business may qualify and you still have time to claim this credit!

As a firm whose sole mission is to assist small businesses in claiming specialized government incentives, we want to break down the ERC to answer questions you may have:

What is the ERC?

In an effort to help businesses retain employees and keep them employed during the COVID-19 crisis, the (CARES) Act created the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) for 2020 and later legislation extended it through 2021. The ERC is a refundable payroll tax credit for “qualified wages” that were paid to retained employees between March 13, 2020 and September 30, 2021. It is still retroactively available to many businesses.

Who qualifies for this credit? 

  • Any business that was impacted by a partial or full shut down due to government orders/mandates during 2020 OR any business that saw a 50% reduction in gross receipts during any 2020 calendar quarter, as compared with the same quarter in 2019 OR
  • Any business that saw a 20% reduction in gross receipts during quarters 1-3 in 2021 as compared with the corresponding calendar quarters in 2019 OR
  • Any business that was impacted by supply chain issues related to port closures, mandated shutdowns, inability to obtain supplies, parts, etc.
  • Types of Businesses that frequently qualify: Service businesses, marketing firms, medical practices, dental practices, med spas, restaurants, nonprofits, retail or wholesale, hotels, assisted living facilities, oil & gas, manufacturers, travel-related businesses, construction firms, and more.

What’s the potential value? 

The Employee Retention Credit is cash back to the business from the government which has a maximum value of $26,000 per employee retained during qualifying periods.

What if I got a PPP loan?

Most of our clients received PPP loans. Employee Retention Credits must be calculated with wages paid to employees not using PPP funds (i.e. before PPP loans were funded and after the forgiveness period[s] ended).

How can I claim this credit for my business?

The ERC can be a complicated tax credit with rules about no-double dipping into other incentives. Each business wanting to evaluate the ERC deserves a thorough 3 phase process by a tax credit expert:

  • Phase 1- Determining eligibility and calculating the amount of credits available by quarter; (Tax Credit Collective does this at no charge.)
  • Phase 2- Finalizing the credit calculation and amending the quarterly payroll tax returns (941s) for eligible quarters;
  • Phase 3- Providing audit defense if and when the IRS questions a taxpayer’s claim of the IRS.

In summary, the Employee Retention Credit has provided billions of dollars of relief for small businesses, and your business may still have an opportunity to benefit from these tax credits. It’s complicated and time-consuming and has an audit risk associated with it, so it bears a comprehensive analysis by a firm with expertise in tax credits and incentives.

Lindsay can be reached at lindsay@taxcreditcollective.com or 833-346-2368