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Claim ERC in Pennsylvania

The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) is a stimulus program created by Congress in the CARES ACT of 2020 which rewards businesses for keeping W2 employees on their payrolls and practicing COVID safety measures. If you’ve been impacted by a government-imposed restriction during the pandemic in 2020 or 2021, you can qualify for ERC.

Employers can qualify for UP TO $5,000 PER EMPLOYEE in 2020 and up to $7,000 PER EMPLOYEE for the first three quarters in 2021. Businesses can get up to $26,000 per employee! Even better, 99% of Pennsylvania businesses will qualify.

We’ve worked with hundreds of businesses in Allegheny County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County, helping them claim their Employee Retention Credit money successfully.

Best of all? ERC tax credits are yours to keep and do what you want with! Get in touch with our experienced ERC specialists today and get your claim filed in 5 days.

Can I Claim ERC in Pennsylvania if I Already Received PPP?

YES!  PPP Borrows Now Qualify for ERC!

Your Philadelphia or Pittsburgh business can receive PPP1 & PPP2 and TODAY qualify for employee retention credit in Pennsylvania. However, you can’t double-dip into the same payroll calculations.

SUNRISE Business Solutions can process your ERC tax credits to MAXIMIZE the amount of ERC you receive.

How Long Do I Have to Wait to Get My Check?

SUNRISE guarantees we can complete the application in 5 days. Your Philadelphia business won’t have to wait months and months to get money. We can process your payroll, reconcile PPP, and create the attribution schedules. We then go ahead and file your forms with the IRS.

The IRS is moving faster now and it takes them  about 3.5 – 4 months  to process your application and send you a check for each quarter you qualified for.  

How Can My Business Qualify for Employee Retention Credit in Pennsylvania?

If the COVID pandemic impacted your business in any way, call us. Even businesses who saw their revenues increase can qualify for ERC if the government orders impacted their business. Chances are you qualify for ERC.

Here are the main ways to qualify for ERC:

You saw a significant decline in your quarterly gross receipts—a 50% or more decline in 2020; a 20% or greater decline in 2021.

Your business suffered a full or partial suspension which impacted more than a nominal piece of your operations.

What is a partial suspension of my Pennsylvania business?

This can be any impact on your business, such as:

  • Inability to meet with clients in person or attend trade shows or conferences in person
  • Extra cleaning or sanitizing of your offices
  • Limiting capacity in a restaurant or gym
  • Reducing your business hours
  • Performing temperature checks on visitors
  • Supply chain disruptions affecting key vendors or customers
  • Shutting a department or business unit

Virtually every business was impacted by the government shutdown or regulatory orders.

Do I qualify if I was an essential business?

Yes! Even essential businesses which were exempt from government orders suffered under the pandemic. You didn’t need to see a reduction in receipts if you were impacted IN ANY WAY by a government order.


  • Had trouble sourcing supplies or services from those vendors impacted by government orders!
  • Had to socially distance and take temperature checks at the door!
  • Changed job roles or shuffled staff into new positions!
  • Reduced the services they offered their customers!
  • Couldn’t do all jobs as they transitioned to at-home work!

Your essential business can qualify for ERC under the PARTIAL SHUTDOWN qualification.

Why Do I Need SUNRISE When My CPA Handles My Taxes?

Many CPAs and payroll companies have never even heard of ERC in Pennsylvania. They can’t help their Pittsburgh clients qualify because they are not set up to handle ERC. These CPAs often put the liability onto the client to find ways to qualify. None of them offer the guarantee and full service that SUNRISE can. We will make you legally qualify, and have all the government orders.

This application does not apply to business income tax returns, which CPAs are most familiar with. It’s taken on your payroll returns. Unless the CPA does your payroll, they have completely missed this program.

When Do I Pay Back Pennsylvania ERC Tax Credits?

Never! That’s the best thing about ERC. It’s more of a grant, not a loan. You never have to pay it back!

What Can I Spend My ERC Money On?

Anything you want! It’s yours to keep and do with what you want. While businesses had to use PPP on payroll, rent, and other qualified expenses, ERC is money paid back to you. You can even spend it on yourself!

Can I Afford Your Services?

SUNRISE leads the way with the best 100% guarantee in the ERC Specialist industry. We are trusted and guaranteed by Berkshire Hathway’s THREE insurance. We also take no Fees upfront. We only charge a percentage of the credit we can recover. The amount will depend on the number of qualified employees you have. We include a fee calculation with our free analysis. With a history of recovering up to 200% more in credits than our competitors, our services are virtually free. 

How Can I Claim ERC in Pennsylvania Before the Funds Run Out?

The US Treasury issues tax refunds on a first come, first served basis. You should quickly apply today by contacting SUNRISE to get started.

How Can My Business Claim the Employee Retention Credit?

Here is how Pennsylvania businesses file for ERC:

Eligible employers file an amended quarterly employment return (Form 941x) and report total qualified wages. SUNRISE will document your qualified wages and eligibility. We submit everything for you, and you keep a copy for your own records.

There’s good news: the IRS has increased the audit window for the ERC tax credit in Pennsylvania.

My revenue actually WENT UP during the pandemic! Can I Still Qualify for ERC Tax Credits?

Yes! Remember, a reduction in income is only ONE WAY to qualify for ERC. There is no requirement that you have a reduction in revenue when claiming ERC for Pennsylvania businesses.

If you can show even a partial interruption in business operations, you qualify! It’s that simple.

Your Pittsburgh or Philadelphia business might have had a change in normal operations due to COVID. This can include:

  • Operational impacts for key suppliers or customers who could no longer supply or buy from you.
  • Inability to perform in-person meetings or attendance at conferences.
  • Delays in accessing government services necessary to your business.
  • Limits on the number of customers who can enter your business at one time.
  • Canceling or retooling events to comply with COVID-19 restrictions and orders.

Can Philadelphia health care companies qualify for ERC?

Yes! We have obtained ERC for:

  • Dentists
  • Chiropractors
  • Physicians
  • Surgeons
  • Mobile health care clinics

You might have suffered a reduction in receipts, or your business was fully or partially suspended. Did you:

  • Limit your hours?
  • Limit the number of patients you meet with?
  • Meet with patients virtually?
  • Perform temperature checks at the door?
  • Deep clean your facility under COVID orders?
  • Socially distance patients?

You qualify!

Can My Pittsburgh transportation company qualify for ERC if we were essential businesses?

Yes! If you saw a reduction in receipts or an operational impact by COVID, you can still qualify as an essential business.

Transportation companies include:

  • Trucking companies
  • Moving companies
  • Medical transport companies
  • Taxi cabs
  • Private charter buses

Government orders:

  • Kept people at home
  • Required that you sanitize your vehicles
  • Reduced the number of products to haul
  • Limited the number of people you transport

You qualify for ERC if COVID government orders impacted your business. We have all the orders, so we will GUARANTEE you qualify for ERC.

What Businesses Qualify for ERC?

Any business which suffered a reduction in gross receipts or fully or partially shut down due to government COVID orders qualifies.

Were you an EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION like a daycare that had to socially distance children, deep clean, take temperatures, and limit capacity? You qualify!

Were you a PERSONAL CARE BUSINESS like a spa, gym, fitness center, or salon that had to limit hours, partially shut down, limit the number of customers? You qualify!

Were you a CONSTRUCTION COMPANY which saw delayed or halted construction due to vendor bottlenecks or had to socially distance workers? You qualify!

Were you a RETAIL BUSINESS like a brick-and-mortar store, discount retailer, or car wash that had to reduce hours or limit customers? You qualify!

Were you a RESTAURANT or BAR which needed to reduce capacity, move services to the sidewalk, or move tables farther apart? You qualify!

If I own my business, can my family members’ wages qualify for ERC?

It depends. If you are the majority owner—meaning you own more than 50% of the company—your wages do not qualify. The W2 wages of immediate family members will not count in this situation, either.

However, if you don’t own over 50%, your W2 wages qualify, as do your immediate family members’ W2 wages.

Can self-employed people get ERC in Pennsylvania?

If you own more than 50% of your company (majority owner), your wages do not qualify for ERC.

Can My Large Company Qualify for Employee Retention Credit in Pennsylvania?

Yes! Admittedly, a more limited definition of qualified wages applies to large companies, you can still qualify for ERC if you paid employees who had reduced hours or were not working. We have seen large companies receive substantial refunds from the IRS.

In 2020, a large employer had more than 100 full-time equivalent employees. In 2021, a large company was one with 500 FTE employees.

Don’t assume you don’t qualify! Contact SUNRISE today to learn more.

Will I Pay Taxes on My ERC Refund?

Never! The ERC credit is not income on your federal income tax. However, it will reduce your deductible wage expenses by the amount you receive in credit. Your CPA needs to know the credit information for your tax returns. 

Claim ERC in Pennsylvania NOW!

Sunrise Business Solutions | ERC Guaranteed is the nation’s expert in helping companies throughout various industries, file and claim their ERC money. We are an honest,  trusted company guaranteed by Berkshire Hathaway’s THREE insurance. Call us now!