Periods of Time for Which Credits are Available


47. How long are the refundable tax credits for qualified leave wages available? (added December 17, 2020)

The credits for Eligible Employers for qualified leave wages apply to wages paid with respect to the period of April 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020.

For more information on requirements and eligibility related to paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave, see the Department of Labor's Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers.

48. Are wage payments for qualified leave wages made after December 31, 2020, but for periods of leave taken before December 31, 2020, eligible for the credits? (updated December 17, 2020)

Yes. Notice 2020-21 PDF provides that the payroll credits for paid qualified sick leave wages and paid qualified family leave wages apply to those wages paid for periods beginning on April 1, 2020 and ending on December 31, 2020. While the wages can only be for periods of leave between April 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, a payment of qualified leave wages that is made after the end of this period may nonetheless be eligible for the credits if the wages are for leave that an employee took between April 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020.

For more information, see Notice 2020-21 PDF.


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