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.


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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Working with Marshal Whittey at First Nonprofit has been a great experience. He handles our request as a priority and goes above and beyond to resolve any issues we have in a timely manner. Marshall follows through to the end and ensures our needs are met. He has been a great resource for LSC and our “go to” for any tax questions we may have. With LSC transitioning several facilities into one federal tax identification number, First Nonprofit was able to assist and provide guidance with best practices resolving claims to each entity. Additionally First Nonprofit provided knowledge (information materials) and one on one training to HRS group with best practices to handle claims state adjudicated, fraudulent claims, and appeals. And processing information in the First Nonprofit [unemployment claims] system allows for timely information can be collected.

Lutheran Services Carolinas, Salisbury, NC

My experience with FNP has been wonderful. Unemployment in general is quite confusing and FNP has simplified the process for us. Everyone we have reached out to or worked with has been very helpful and follows up to be sure we understand the information. I am so happy we made the switch to FNP!

Stone Valley Community Charter School, Huntingdon, PA

First Nonprofit smoothed the unemployment perils for our organization during Covid. Without the ability to cap our UI exposure, we would not have been able to weather the storm. The program worked perfectly and we have come out of the pandemic ready to forge on. Thanks FNP!

Jewish Silicon Valley, Los Gatos, CA

My experience with the FNP has been fantastic. The idea of setting funds aside for the unemployment tax liability is a bedrock for nonprofit organizations like mine, namely ASHBA; what is even more advantageous is having the FNP as a custodian of those funds. 100% recommended!

American Saddlebred Horse & Breeders Association, Inc., Lexington, KY

I would like to comment on my experience with FNP….to date our District has saved $1,000’s of dollars by being enrolled in the First Nonprofit program. My only regret is that we did not know about this method of paying unemployment tax years ago….as I had figured about five years

ago, had we enrolled 15-20 years ago, we could have saved our small school district upwards of $500,000 in payments to IDES. Also we would have had a pretty hefty sum of money in our Reserve Account. Thankfully I attended a workshop hosted by First Nonprofit back in 2015 which got the ball rolling!

Beardstown Community Unit School District 15, Beardstown, IL

I have worked with the First Non-Profit Team for many years, and I appreciate the quick response and care that Cecilia and the team provides anytime I have questions. While there are other providers that may provide like services, First Nonprofit will always be my first choice! I appreciate you!

Innovative Services, Inc., Green Bay, WI

First Nonprofit has been easy to work with and makes the administrative process easier and smoother. We enjoy working with you.

Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Louisville, KY

Luckily for us, our interactions regarding any issues with staffing has been very minimal! I can say that all other interactions with regards to billing, 941 reporting, etc. have been extremely pleasant, accommodating and easy to work with. Kim Ghanayem is always prompt, professional and friendly. Thank you so much!

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