October 5, 2021
New Jersey extends combined reporting initiative for Corporate Business Tax through January 3, 2022
The New Jersey Division of Taxation (NJ DOT) extended through January 3, 2022, the combined reporting initiative for its Corporate Business Tax. Without the extension, the initiative would have ended on October 15, 2021.
For a limited period, the NJ DOT is offering a unique closing agreement to any corporation that (1) joined in a New Jersey combined return; (2) indicated it has New Jersey nexus; and (3) did not file separate company returns in prior years, even if it may have been obligated to do so. Under this initiative, NJ DOT offers the following terms to all corporations that apply for a closing agreement between June 15, 2021, and January 3, 2022:
As part of the closing agreement, applicants must do all of the following:
Corporations requesting a closing agreement cannot have been (1) incorporated in New Jersey, (2) authorized to do business in New Jersey or (3) registered for Corporation Business Tax purposes before being included as part of a 2019 or 2020 combined return. In addition, all submitted returns will be subject to routine audits.
Corporations that do not take advantage of this initiative will be subject to all applicable penalties and interest for the look-back period going back beyond the privilege periods ending after June 30, 2016.
The NJ DOT's announcement represents a unique opportunity for corporations that may be otherwise ineligible for the state's voluntary disclosure program to obtain significant relief from tax and penalty liability for failing to file in earlier years when they may have had nexus with New Jersey.
This initiative differs significantly from the state's November 2018 through January 2019 statutory amnesty program, in that corporations are offered a limited lookback to privilege periods ending after June 30, 2016.