Why you should take the qualification process seriously
Because the ERC program allows businesses to potentially receive thousands or even millions of dollars in credits, the IRS recognizes that there is a higher likelihood of fraud, which is why they've announced an extension to their ability to audit ERC claims.
If an audit uncovers fraud, the IRS has stated that the business is the one who will be held responsible and liable for repaying the credit(s), along with any penalties and interest.
Because of this responsibility, the IRS has warned businesses that they should "carefully review the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) guidelines before trying to claim the credit," and here at ERC Go, we encourage the same. Since you will be the one held responsible, you are ultimately the one who needs to make the call in regards to your eligibility for the program.