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New Jersey’s Angel Investor Tax Credit Annual Application Nearing

The New Jersey Angel Investor Tax Credit, administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), is available to investors that invest in qualifying New Jersey emerging technology businesses.

The credit is available to all investors, whether they are business entities or individual taxpayers. Further, the credit is available to investors who are company founders, including nonresidents, as long as he or she owned less than 80% of the company before investment. Qualified investments include non-refundable transfers of cash made directly to the eligible New Jersey emerging technology business in exchange for one of the following:

  • Stock, interests in partnerships or joint ventures, licenses, rights to use technology, marketing rights, warrants, options; or
  • Purchase, production, or research agreement.

To be considered an eligible New Jersey emerging technology business, the business must meet the following requirements:

  • Employs fewer than 225 full-time employees, at least 75% of whom work in New Jersey;
  • Does business, employs or owns capital of property, or maintains an office in New Jersey;
  • Conducts at least one of the following activities in New Jersey—
    • incurs qualified research expenses;
    • conducts pilot scale manufacturing; or
    • conducts technology commercialization;
  • Eligible technologies for commercialization include biotechnology, life science, medical devices, advanced computing, advanced materials, electronic devices, information technology, mobile communications, and renewable energy technology.

The credit is 10% of the qualified investment, up to a maximum allowable credit of $500,000 for each qualified investment. The credit may be treated as an overpayment and refunded (after the application against corporation business or gross income taxes), and it may be claimed in the tax year applicable to the effective date of approval. For corporate taxpayers, the credit may be carried forward for a maximum of 15 tax years. The Program allows for up to $25 million in tax credits to be issued in a calendar year.

For all investments made prior to January 1, 2017, applications for credit must be submitted to the EDA within one year of the date of the investment. In order to be considered for approval for the 2016 tax credit certificate, the application and required documentation must be submitted by November 15, 2016.

For investments made on or after January 1, 2017, applications must be submitted to the EDA within six months of the date of investment.

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