ERC Payroll Tax Refunds

Corporate Strategies has worked with a wide roster of clients. Previously funded ERC payroll tax refunds include:

Determine If Your Business, Church, Religious Organization or School Qualifies.

Use the Recovery Startup Business Initial Questionnaire

or the Business, Church or School Initial Questionnaire

What is the ERC Payroll Tax Refund Program?

The Employee Retention Credit Payroll Tax Refund Program was created by the CARES Act to reward employers who kept employees on payroll during the pandemic. Businesses, churches, and non-profits can qualify for up to $26,000 per employee.

Our ERC payroll tax refund accounting professionals will meticulously determine your tax refund eligibility amount on a contingency basis. There is no payment obligation until your refund amount is known and your amended tax return has been filed.

For more information, please review our ERC Refund Frequently Asked Questions.

How Does the Process Work?

In partnership with select tax accounting professionals, we determine initial eligibility at no charge for businesses, churches and other non-profit clients filing ERC payroll tax refunds. Eligible clients have filed and/or received tax refunds of $70,000 up to $2,880,000.

Is Your Church, Non-Profit, or Business Entitled to Receive Up to $26,000 per Employee in ERC Payroll Tax Refunds?

If you had fewer than 100 FT Employees in 2020 or 500 in 2021, check all of the following that applies to you to see if you qualify for ERC payroll tax refunds of up to $26,000 per employee.

Reduced gross quarterly revenues in 2020 by 50% or more compared to same 2019 quarter
Reduced gross quarterly revenues in first three quarters of 2021 by 20% or more compared to same 2019 quarters
Full or partial shutdowns of operations due to government orders, reducing gross revenues by 10% or more in 2020 or 2021 compared to same 2019 quarter

Due to government orders, reduced hours of operation in 2020 or 2021 by 10% or more compared to same 2019 quarter

Due to government orders, cancelled events, awarded contracts, or annual fundraisers which reduced revenues by 10% or more in 2020 or 2021 compared to 2019
Due to government orders, difficulty finding and retaining employees and/or payroll costs increased by 10% or more in 2020 or 2021 compared to same 2019 quarter

Due to government orders, reduction in services, revenues, or goods sold to your customers by 10% or more in 2020 or 2021 compared to same 2019 quarter

You started a new business after February 15, 2020 and had 10 employees or more working in the third and fourth quarters of 2021. The maximum RSB payroll tax refund is $100,000.
If you checked any boxes above, we believe you will be eligible to receive an ERC payroll tax refund. Our clients average $353,000 in refunds.

Why Choose Corporate Strategies?

Since 1984, Corporate Strategies Merchant Bankers has provided private funding solutions from $2,500,000 to $25,000,000 for small to medium-sized (SMB) businesses and non-profits whose loan applications have been rejected by conventional banks. Our 40 years of experience uniquely qualifies us to bring our SMB clients the CARES Act Employee Retention Credit (ERC) Payroll Tax Refund Program. Here’s why:

Direct Policy Development

Corporate Strategies understands the unique requirements for businesses, religious organizations, and non-profits to qualify for the ERC payroll tax refund. We were fully involved with the CARES Act legislation before it was even passed, as our principal owner was receiving the Senate distribution list of the CARES Act and its many amendments. Our first-mover knowledge of the CARES Act provisions granted our clients quick access to obtain PPP/PPP2 loans and Employee Retention Credit payroll tax refunds totaling many millions of dollars – all before many other service providers even knew the details of qualifying under the law.


Corporate Strategies has developed a unique body of knowledge that allows us to accurately qualify diverse types of organizations for the maximum legal tax refund. Our experience in analyzing the provisions of the CARES Act and the hundreds of pages of IRS documents on how to qualify and document ERC payroll tax refunds has resulted in tax refunds ranging from $70,000 to $2,900,000 – many of them for parties previously informed by tax professionals that they did not qualify for the ERC payroll tax refund program.

Proactive Protections

We position our clients to defend themselves in the event of future IRS audits due to our vigilance in assessing, analyzing, and documenting ERC payroll tax refunds with:

  • Client historical revenues;
  • Comparative financial statements from 2019-2021;
  • The beginning and ending dates of all COVID-related mandates that pertain to each client (including city, county, state, and federal mandates);
  • The demonstrated cumulative negative impact of those mandates on all manner of client operations.
  • IRS guidance specific to the Client’s claims for the ERC payroll tax refund and documented basis for claims

Audit Readiness and Transparency

We are meticulous in our work because we believe this one-of-a-kind program for ERC payroll tax refunds will be a prime target of future audits. Since Congress appropriated $80 billion in the expanded budget for the IRS as part of passing the CARES Act and ERC payroll tax refunds legislation, we not only work to maximize the tax refund for which our clients qualify – we carefully justify those tax refunds by providing our clients with the comprehensive documentation necessary to successfully defend any future IRS auditor questions. (Take note of the recent IRS 10/19/22 warning)