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NAMA Leads Coalition Requesting IRS to Keep ERTC Program Operational

ARLINGTON, Va. – September 22, 2023 - Yesterday, the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) led a coalition of employer organizations in sending a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of the Treasury regarding the recent suspension of new claims for the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) program for the remainder of 2023. 

The ERTC program, which has played a pivotal role in preserving jobs and fostering economic recovery throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, has garnered widespread acclaim for its assistance to employers in need. However, the recent decision by the IRS to suspend new ERTC claims has raised significant apprehensions for NAMA’s members and beyond. 

The IRS announced this processing moratorium on September 14 in an effort to address fraudulent ERTC claims. As stated in the letter, NAMA and the other organizations believe the IRS must allow the ERTC program to continue processing claims while effectively managing the threat of illegitimate or fraudulent submissions. This credit is too valuable to employers still recovering from the pandemic to have a months-long lapse in processing new claims. 

“In our continued pursuit of economic recovery and the well-being of businesses and employees, we call upon the IRS and the Treasury Department to accomplish the dual goals of preventing fraud and enabling legitimate ERTC claims to move forward,” says Bill Meierling, NAMA’s Senior Vice President, External Affairs. “NAMA is ready to work with the IRS to keep the program accessible to the affected business community.” 

NAMA represents the $34.9 billion U.S. Convenience Services Industry. By providing advocacy, education, and research, NAMA works to promote and protect the industry’s over 160,000 hardworking employees. Through traditional vending and micro markets, office coffee and pantry services, product manufacturing, and small-drop distribution, convenience services meets the needs of over 40 million American consumers daily at work, home, school, and play.

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