Do Grants Count As Gross Receipts?

From N-2021-20

Question 25: What are “gross receipts” for a tax-exempt employer? 

Answer 25: “Gross receipts” for purposes of the employee retention credit, for a tax-exempt organization, has the same meaning as under section 6033 of the Code. Under the section 6033 regulations, “gross receipts” means the gross amount received by the organization from all sources without reduction for any costs or expenses including, for example, cost of goods or assets sold, cost of operations, or expenses of earning, raising, or collecting such amounts. Thus, gross receipts includes, but is not limited to, the gross amount received as contributions, gifts, grants, and similar amounts without reduction for the expenses of raising and collecting such amounts, the gross amount received as dues or assessments from members or affiliated organizations without reduction for expenses attributable to the receipt of such amounts, gross sales or receipts from business activities (including business activities unrelated to the purpose for which the organization qualifies for exemption), the gross amount received from the sale of assets without reduction for cost or other basis and expenses of sale, and the gross amount received as investment income, such as interest, dividends, rents, and royalties. 

"To determine whether there has been a significant decline in gross receipts, a tax-exempt employer computes its gross receipts received from all of its operations during the calendar quarter and compares those gross receipts to the gross receipts received for the same calendar quarter in 2019."

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