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Department of State

Business Assistance Programs

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary

Emerging Technology & Life Science Assistance Programs

Angel Investor Tax Credit Program

All investors that invest in a qualifying NJ emerging technology business may benefit from a tax credit through the Angel Investor Tax Credit Program.

Dollar Amount:

10% of the qualified investment made in a NJ emerging technology business, up to a maximum allowed credit of $500,000 for each qualified investment


Qualified investment in a NJ emerging technology business


Credits against corporation business or gross income taxes, Stimulates investment in NJ emerging technology businesses


NJ emerging technology business must employ fewer than 225 employees, at least 75% of whom work in New Jersey. See more detailed eligibility criteria below

Application deadline:

Applicants have six months from date of investment to submit an application to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Please note that this is a dual application consisting of an investor section and a section for the technology company representative to complete. An application is not considered submitted until both the investor and technology company representative have completed and submitted their respective sections, including payment of the non-refundable application fee by the investor.

Program details:

Up to $25 million of Angel Investor Tax Credit may be approved per calendar year. If the cumulative credits claimed by taxpayers exceed the amount available in a given year, then credits will be applied in the order in which applications are received and complete, starting on the first day of the succeeding calendar year in which Angel Investor Tax Credits do not exceed the amount of credits available.


To be eligible, the New Jersey emerging technology business must meet the following 4 criteria:

  • Employs fewer than 225 full-time employees, at least 75% of whom work in New Jersey
  • Does business, employs or owns capital or property, or maintains an office in New Jersey
  • Conducts at least one of the following activities in New Jersey:
    • Incurs qualified research expenses in the State
    • Conducts pilot scale manufacturing in the State
    • Commercializes one or more of the following eligible technologies in the State: Advanced Computing, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology, Electronic Devices, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Medical Devices, Mobile Communications, and Renewable Energy Technology.
  • Has as its primary business an eligible technology (as listed above.)
  • Qualified investments include non-refundable transfers of cash made directly to the New Jersey emerging technology business in connection with at least one of the items listed below. To be considered non-refundable, these items must be held or not expire for at least 2 calendar years from the date of the transfer of cash, with an exception being made for initial public offerings (IPOs), mergers and acquisitions, damage awards for the business's default of an agreement, or other return of initial cash outlay beyond the investor's control.
    • Stock, interests in partnerships or joint ventures, licenses (exclusive or non-exclusive), rights to use technology, marketing rights, warrants, options, or any similar items, including but not limited to options or rights to acquire any of the listed a purchase, production, or research agreement.
  • Credits may be treated as an overpayment and refunded (but no interest on the overpayment will be paid.), For corporate taxpayers, the tax credits may be carried over up to 15 tax years following the tax year for which the credit was allowed. Individuals cannot carryforward the tax credits.
  • Credits may not be carried forward in a tax year in which the taxpayer was a target for corporate acquisition or in which the taxpayer was party to a merger or consolidation unless the taxpayer can demonstrate to the New Jersey Division of Taxation the identity of the acquiring corporation.
  • Credits may be claimed on the taxpayer's New Jersey tax return in the tax year applicable to the effective date of approval.
  • Applications should be submitted by the angel investor entity, if applicable, or the individual angel investor. The New Jersey emerging technology business also will need to fill out a section of the application and provide certain information with the submission, though the angel investor is responsible for all application information.

Fees apply and are non-refundable unless otherwise stated.

* Any proposed amendments to the program rules can be found on the Proposed New Rules/Amendments page

To answer any questions you may have, please first consult with the program videos and links provided above, including the “Frequently Asked Questions.” If this does not answer your questions, please email your questions and contact information to

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