Employers, including tax-exempt organizations, are eligible for the credit if they operate a trade or business during calendar year 2020 and experience a “partial suspension” of the operation of their trade or business during any calendar quarter because of governmental orders limiting commerce, travel, or group meetings due to COVID-19. The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has forced the cancellation of trade shows throughout the world and according to studies, airplane passenger numbers dropped by 60 per cent in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to IRS FAQs, a business that can open (but with restrictions) would still be “partially” shut down due to a governmental order. For example, if a restaurant dining room normally has 100 tables, but due to “social distancing” orders, the restaurant is only permitted to have 50 tables, the employer is still subject to a partial shutdown order and would be eligible for the ERC.
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