Covid tax-credit program for restaurants extends application deadline

A state program meant to help restaurants rehire staff as they recovered from Covid-19 closures hopes to extend its application deadline in order to send out up to $15 million left in the program’s allocation.

The $35 million Restaurant Return-to-Work Tax Credit, passed as part of last year’s state budget, was intended to prod restaurants to bring their employees back by offering a $5,000 credit for each person hired between April 1, 2021, and the end of last year, up to a maximum of 10. In this year’s budget, the state added a $5,000 credit for each additional hire, up to 10 per restaurant; operators have to prove

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