Nonprofit Employee Retention Credit

Nonprofit Employee Retention Credit

Nonprofit Employee Retention Credit (ERC)

Assessment and Filing Assistance

Nonprofits that retained their workforce and whose revenues are significantly impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for a tax refund of $26,000 per employee. Contact First Nonprofit to help determine your organization's eligibility for this refund before it's too late! We have the expertise to complete the filing on your behalf.

Who qualifies?

Employers whose business operations were partially or fully suspended due to government orders or whose revenues significantly decreased yet they kept their employees on the payroll.

What is the benefit?

Benefit amount equals 50% of qualified wages paid, capped at $5,000 per employee for 2020 and $21,000 per employee for 2021.


Working with FNP has been a great experience. We were contacted by FNP to facilitate the Employee Retention Credit and to our surprise we are getting a substantial refund from the IRS. This was such an easy process and cannot thank Cheryl Jones enough for her knowledge and expertise in this matter. Greatly appreciated!

Colleen Zanoline
Bookkeeper/Human Resources
Extended Child Care Coalition


I worked with FNP on getting my ERC, it was simple and easy. All I had to do was send over some paperwork from my payroll company and FNP did the rest. Now, we have already received our payment from the IRS.

Kia B.


Thank you for your assistance. This is a game changer for our organization and the students we serve.

Cheryl Ann Welsh
Operations Manager



Frequently Asked Questions:


Do we still have time to apply for the Nonprofit Employee Retention Tax Credit?

Yes.  The statute of limitations for the 2020 Nonprofit Employee Retention Tax Credit closes April 15, 2024. The statute of limitations for the 2021 Nonprofit Employee Retention Tax Credit does not close until April 15, 2025.

How long does it take for the IRS to provide a refund after filing?

The IRS is working diligently to process and anecdotal information from the field indicates that it can take anywhere from 6-12 months to receive a refund after filing.

Does the Nonprofit Employee Retention Tax Credit have to be paid back?

No. The Nonprofit Employee Retention Tax Credit is a fully refundable tax credit claimed first against employment taxes.

My organization received a large PPP loan. Will that impact the refund calculation?

You can receive both PPP loan(s) and the Nonprofit Employee Retention Credit, but you may not include wages funded by PPP in the Nonprofit Employee Retention Credit calculation. Remember that PPP loans only apply to a limited period of time and the Nonprofit Employee Retention Credit eligibility periods are longer.

Some recoverable credits we’ve helped file so far include:

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WI Council of Religious & Independent Schools (WCRIS), Madison, WI

First Nonprofit has been a great partner. They have helped us saved hundreds of thousands of dollars! They have awesome resources for our nonprofit organization. Thanks for the partnership.

Community Care Inc., Milwaukee, WI

Life is certainly busy these days but having business partners like First Nonprofit has made some of the process hassle free. We have worked with this team for years. When we changed payroll systems, they outlined every step. I think this team is terrific and I know they get the job done! Thank you, Cruz, to all the team at FNP.

Gulfside Healthcare Services, New Port Richey, FL

FNP has helped our agency to save thousands of dollars every year on our unemployment coverage. The service is phenomenal, and we are thankful to their team as our partner. My experience working with Marshall on the advocacy around UE for nonprofits was also a highlight as someone who teaches advocacy and lobbying for nonprofits. Really, your whole team is top shelf, so thank YOU!

Advancing Academics, Turtle Creek, PA

Chicago Children’s Theatre has greatly benefited from our partnership with First Nonprofit, and I have always enjoyed working with the staff on our filings and any complicated questions. I would not hesitate to recommend First Nonprofit to fellow nonprofits. We’re very happy customers.

Chicago Children’s Theatre, Chicago, IL

FNP is a great resource for Daniel Kids. To have a TPA that we can count on to take point on not only managing our unemployment claims, but to support and guide any protest hearing, is invaluable. All the professional support staff we have worked with have been excellent, very knowledgeable and responsive. We are grateful for the help and support, thank you.

Daniel Kids, Jacksonville, FL

When I first began in my position at my organization, I hadn’t had experience working with a company like FNP. The staff was so patient and helpful in helping to explain the benefits of First Nonprofit. Anytime I reach out with a question I receive a quick, clear, and thorough response. I’m so thankful that we decided to partner with FNP. Their excellence in customer service, coupled with their variety of packages frees us up to truly serve our staff and community with a peace of mind knowing that our organization is protected against unanticipated unemployment insurance expenses.

Homes of Hope, Chicago, IL

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