For the upcoming third quarter reporting, employers will use Worksheet 4 to calculate the ERC, it applies to any qualified wages paid after June 30, 2021.
Here is an overview of Worksheet 4 and the steps for using it successfully.
Whether or not you are claiming credit for qualified sick and family leave wages will affect how you complete line 1a and the entire first step of the worksheet. Here are your two options for completing this line:
- If you are claiming credit for qualified sick and family leave this quarter, enter the value from Worksheet 3, step 1, line 1f and go straight to step 2.
- If you are NOT claiming credit for qualified sick and family leave wages, complete each line of step 1 (1b-1g) before continuing to step 2.
Enter the value from Form 941, Part 1, line 5c, column 2
Multiply line 1b by .5
If you are a third party payer of sick leave (not an agent) enter the value from Form 941, Part 1, line 8
*This must be a positive number
Subtract the amount on line 1d from 1c
Did you receive a Section 3121(q) Notice and Demand this quarter? If so, enter the employer share of Medicare tax given on the notice.
Total the amounts on lines 1e and 1f. This will be the total employer share of Medicare tax.
This is the qualified wages for the employee retention credit, enter the amount from Form 941, part 3, line 21
This is the qualified health plan expenses allocable to wages for the employee retention credit. Enter the amount from Form 941, Part 3, line 22.
Total up the amounts on line 2a and 2b
* Please note that if you are a Recovery Startup Business, the amount entered here cannot be greater than $10,000 per quarter.
Multiply line 2c by .7 to get the retention credit.
* Please note that if you are a Recovery Startup Business, the amount entered here cannot be greater than $50,000 per quarter.
Enter the amount the employer’s share of Medicare taxes from step 1, line 1a or step 1, line 1g (whichever amount is applicable to you).
Enter any amount of nonrefundable credit for qualified sick and family leave wages from Worksheet 2, step 2, line 2r.
Subtract the amount from line 2f from the amount on line 2e
Enter the lesser amount from either line 2d or line 2g, this amount will need to be entered on Form 941, Part 1, line 11c. This is the nonrefundable portion of the employee retention credit.
Subtract line 2h from line 2d and enter this amount on Form 941, Part 1, line 13d. This is the refundable portion of the employee retention credit.