The Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) – Are you eligible?

The Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) is a refundable payroll tax credit available to businesses and nonprofit organizations. The ERTC was initially offered to those who experienced a total or partial shutdown to comply with government orders or experienced a 50% reduction in gross receipts (compared to the same quarter in 2019). The credit was worth $5,000 per eligible employee per year, resulting in savings by reducing payroll taxes. Unfortunately, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) recipients could not participate initially.


The COVID-19 relief legislation passed at the end of 2020 and again in March of 2021 not only extended the ERTC but made several changes, including expanded eligibility, increased savings, and the addition of a retroactive provision for PPP loan recipients. The ERTC has been extended through December 31, 2021. It increases the per employee maximum per year to $28,000 and expanding eligibility to those with a 20% reduction in gross receipts. Finally, small businesses can also receive a credit advance for the expected amount of savings.

Recent changes to the ERTC implemented through the American Rescue Plan Act extend the credit through the end of 2021 and expand eligibility. Now companies classified as start-up recovery businesses and those designated as severely financially distressed can achieve even greater savings.

NJMEP has expert ERTC resources who will present at this complimentary event. They will be able to provide the necessary advice for you to determine eligibility of ERTC and if eligible, NJMEP will work with you to ensure you receive the maximum credit amount.

Please contact Kathleen Baldwin, Sales Support Manager at NJMEP with any questions or need of further assistance.  973-998-9801 ext. 211

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