The Refund Consultants

Restaurant Owners

Receive up to $26,000 cash per W2 employee via this ERC Government Refund

Take this 30 second quiz to see if you qualify

Did you have W2 employees in 2020/2021? (1099 workers don't qualify)
How many W2 employees do you have?
Did your sales revenue reduce during Covid?
Did you experience any ONE of the following during 2020/2021?
  • A full and/or partial Shutdown of your business
  • Operational changes to follow social distancing
  • A limitation on the number of customers you could serve
  • Capacity restrictions or forced changes to operating hours
  • Vaccine/quarantine requirements that affected staffing
  • Unable to market your services at Tradeshows
  • Restricted from doing in-person demonstrations & Samplings
  • Prevented from providing services to Nursing Homes & Hospitals
  • Unable to host in-person Events & Group gatherings
  • Supply Chain Issues because of a government mandate

Sorry! You don't qualify for the ERC Program

as it's only available to businesses with W2 employees.

Congratulations! You are very likely to qualify for the Employee Retention Credit Program. Please fill out the contact form to start the process and find out the amount you can recover.

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Restaurant Owners

Receive up to $26,000cash per W2 employee via this ERC Government Refund

Take this 30 second quiz to see if you qualify

ERC Refunds: Get Paid Fast
Keep Your Restaurant Running

$200,000 average refund for 20 employee Restaurants

No refund, no fee - We work on contingency

Our CPAs, Tax Lawyers & ERC Consultants keep you in compliance

We facilitate ERC Advances. Funds in weeks vs. months

What is the Employee Retention Credit?

  • ERC is NOT a loan
  • You can apply even if you took PPP
  • A POTENTIAL REFUND OF UP TO $26,000 PER W2 EMPLOYEE
  • qualify with or without a loss in revenue
  • NO RESTRICTIONS ON HOW YOU SPEND YOUR REFUND

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Maximizing the ERC for Restaurants

You may qualify with ONE of the below:

  • Social Distancing / Capacity Limitations
  • Take-out Only
  • No parties & events due to group restrictions
  • Catering shutdown
  • Fewer dine-in customers / tables
  • Staffing shortages due to quarantine rules

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Why Work With Us?

Expertise, Speed & Impeccable Service

No Credit. No Fee

We will only charge a fee if and when you successfully receive your IRS Credit. We offer a 100% refund on all deposits made.

Fast Payouts

With IRS processing times between 6 and 12 months, our clients have the choice of cashing out their ERC within a few weeks via our financing partners.

Confidence & Transparency

Your amended payroll return will always be signed by a CPA with their PTIN number and covered by their E&O insurance as well as ours.

Program Experts

We are experts in claiming ERC refunds for restaurants and understand the laws intimately. This allows you to get the program’s full benefits.

IRS Support

We provide IRS support, defending eligibility and calculations, and supplying supporting documents for any inquiries.

Quick Turn-Around

Our streamlined process has enabled restaurant owners to file ERC claims in as little as 2 weeks with minimal time invested from your side.

Customer Testimonials

Theresa Strong
Theresa Strong
2023-02-11
The Refund Consultants did an amazing job! As a small nonprofit we need every dollar we can get to serve event more women. The Refund Consultants helped us receive significant government support through employee retention credit! - NOT loans! Thank you Refund Consultants!
Marla Hirokawa
Marla Hirokawa
2023-01-20
“Covenant Ballet highly recommends The Refund Consultants for the Employee Retention Tax Credit process. We are a small nonprofit arts organization, with only two staff members we retained during the covid-19 pandemic. Through a personal referral, we were connected with The Refund Consultants, who introduced us to the process of applying for this credit and provided support and guidance along the way. We worked primarily with Anders Mikkelsen in conjunction with Emilia Sixtensson, who patiently walked us through the process. In the process of determining if we were eligible, Anders initiated multiple phone conversations, data collection support, and in-depth analysis. Our experience was nothing but professional.” – Marla Hirokawa, Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn, Inc.
Sonia Jones
Sonia Jones
2023-01-19
I highly recommend The Refund Consultants for the Employee Retention Tax Credit process. I work for a small nonprofit arts organization, with only two staff members we retained during the covid-19 pandemic. Through a personal referral, we were connected with The Refund Consultants, who introduced us to the process of applying for this credit and provided support and guidance along the way. We worked primarily with Anders Mikkelsen in conjunction with Emilia Sixtensson, who patiently walked us through the process. In the process of determining if we were eligible, Anders initiated multiple phone conversations, data collection support, and in-depth analysis. Our experience was nothing but professional. My experience was distinct from any other comparable company. I encourage anyone looking into this process to contact The Refund Consultants.
Brian Reinoehl
Brian Reinoehl
2023-01-03
We had been told by others we didn't quality for the ERC as we didn't have a significant drop in sales. We're a microbrewery with a tasting room and though we stayed open during the pandemic, we had to make all kinds of changes to keep our customers and staff safe. The Refund Consultants researched the Covid orders in our area and confirmed that we qualified for ERC based on the restrictions on our business. We met with their people on Zoom and phone to provide background info and shared some payroll documents. As a result we were able to recover a sizable refund that will help with an expansion we have been planning. If you are a small business owner you'd definitely want to get in touch with these guys. I highly recommend them.
Elizabeth Kennick
Elizabeth Kennick
2022-11-30
Refund Consultants researched whether my 501c3 is eligible for the current payroll tax refund opportunity. We spent just 30 minutes on the phone reviewing my quarterly revenues and payroll since 2018, and discussing impacts of government-mandated shutdowns on my business. One week later, in another 15 minute call, Emilia explained her determination and recommendation. I’m confident she got me all the relevant information to decide whether to apply, at the least possible investment of my time. I’ll return to her the next time I need help exploring an opportunity!
Marvin Mendez-Wright
Marvin Mendez-Wright
2022-11-19
Emilia is like a fairy godmother, she responds immediately with a treasure trove of referrals and solutions for your business needs. She is a must contact for all things small business. ​

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Employee Retention Credit?

The CARES Act’s Employee Retention Credit is a refundable tax credit. For the 2020 program, the ERC is equal to 50% of qualified wages (including allocable qualified health plan expenses) that eligible employers payed their employees. This applies to wages paid after 3/12/2020 and before 1/1/2021. The maximum amount of wages taken into account with respect to each employee for all calendar quarters is $10,000, so that the maximum credit for an employee is $5,000.

For the 2021 program, the credit is increased to 70%, and the limit is $10,000 per quarter. This means the annual maximum for an employee is $21,000.

The tax credit credit will be refunded in the form of a check by the IRS.

What is an eligible employer?

Eligible Employers for the purposes of the Employee Retention Credit are those with W2 employees that carried on a trade or business during calendar years 2020/2021, including a tax-exempt organization, that either:

  • Fully or partially suspended operations due to a governmental order for some or all of 2020/2021, or
  • Experienced a significant decline in gross receipts during a calendar quarter when compared to 2019

When is the operation of a trade or business considered partially suspended for the ERC?

The operation of a trade or business may be partially suspended if an appropriate governmental authority imposes restrictions upon the business operations by limiting commerce, travel, or group meetings (for commercial, social, religious, or other purposes).  

 

This can be a “Stay at Home Order” for non-essential businesses, a capacity restriction, or other possibilities.

What are qualified wages?

Qualified wages are compensation provided to employees during an eligible period. An eligible period is either:

a) the time during which the trade or business is fully or partially suspended by governmental order, or

b) for 2020, any calendar quarter during which gross receipts are 50% less than the amount received during the same quarter of 2019;

for 2021, any calendar quarter during which gross receipts are 20% less than the same quarter of 2019

What if I own multiple businesses?

Perhaps the most complicated aspect of the ERC program, separate businesses under common ownership that meet IRS Controlled Group criteria must be evaluated together for eligibility.  If the tests are passes, all entities are eligible; if not, none are eligible.  The ERC is then calculated and filed for each separately.

Can't my CPA handle this?

Absolutely. However, the ERC credit is based on your payroll returns and not your business income tax returns, which is what most CPAs handle. A majority of CPAs tend not to process this credit or be knowledgeable about it. It would require them to retrain their staff and divide their workload between income tax and the ERC. Many CPAs just don’t have the time or manpower. It’s a big reason why the ERC is underutilized.

 

Our experts have decades of payroll experience, which allows us to focus on understanding and maximizing the ERC, with its tax code of over 200 pages. Our team has invested the time and can effectively maximize this sizeable credit for your business.

Can I get ERC Funds if I already took the PPP?

Yes. The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted on December 27, 2020, modified the ERC credit rules. One of the modifications included allowing a company to have a PPP loan and still take advantage of the ERC credit. However, you can’t use the same dollar-for-dollar funds. We take this into account when processing your ERC credit.

As an owner do my wages, or the wages of any family member I employ qualify?

Maybe. Wages of owners who have majority ownership, defined as over 50%, do not qualify, nor do the W2 wages of any immediate family members of the owner. In the case an owner has less than 50% ownership, their W2 wages qualify, as do the W2 wages paid to immediate family members.

Can I qualify for the ERC if I'm self-employed?

No, if you are the majority owner (over 50%) of your company then your wages do not qualify.

How will I "use" a tax credit?

This program is not an “income tax credit” and not related to your annual business tax returns or your profit/loss from the business. Although it is called a tax credit, it is received as a cash payment from the IRS.

Is there a deadline to apply?

The Employee Retention Credit is claimed by filing a 941-X Amended Quarterly Payroll Tax return. The IRS will accept these for up to Three years after the initial filing deadlines for 2020 and 2021. So the ability to participate in ERC program for 2020 ends on 4/15/2024, and on 4/15/2025 for 2021.

Doesn't my Payroll Company have this information?

Like most economic development business tax incentive programs, the Employee Retention Credit has certain complexities that may impact receiving an accurate, optimized, and audit-ready number. It is important to fully document processes and procedures, organize your records, and avoid any risk areas in advance of a potential IRS audit of the claim, which may come years later.


The ERC has numerous issues such as Controlled Group criteria, documenting qualification methodology, coordination with PPP loans, allocating healthcare expenses to the appropriate time periods, etc.  Your payroll company does not have all this information. The use of ERC specialists can help prevent disaster and/or leaving money “on the table”.

Do I have to repay the ERC Credit?

No. This is not a loan. It’s a refundable tax credit.

How much do you charge?

The initial analysis to determine your eligibility and approximate credit is completely free. If you file for an ERC with us, our fee is a percentage of the credit to be received.

As our experts are likely to recover a larger credit than somebody less familiar with the ERC, we’d like to say that our fee pays for itself.

When you would like us to file for you, we ask for a small deposit that is 100% re-fundable. The fee, minus the deposit, is owed when you receive your refund.

My revenue went up in 2020, can I still qualify for the ERC program?

Yes! There are two possible qualifications for 2020 and 2021: revenue reduction, or a “full or partial shutdown of your business due to COVID-19. Specifically, the IRS describes this as “A government authority required partial or full shutdown of your business during 2020 or 2021. This includes your operations being limited by commerce, inability to travel, or restrictions of group meetings.”

If any part or all of your business was restricted or shut down due to government orders (e.g. social distancing, capacity limits, vaccine mandates,) you can qualify.

Will the ERC funds run out?

This is not a lending program – tax refunds are issued by the US Treasury. Therefore, all eligible employers will receive the funds.

How long does it take to get my ERC Credit?

Once we have all your data, we can usually file your claim in 1-to 2 weeks. Once filed, refunds are released based on IRS backlog. Currently, the IRS has stipulated a 20-week minimum turnaround on the ERC refunds. We’ve had clients see their checks in as little as 4 weeks and as long as 32.

Is the ERC Credit taxable?

The ERC credit is not considered income for federal income tax purposes, but you must reduce any deductible wage expenses by the amount of the credit. Please provide the credit information to your CPA for tax purposes.

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