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Economic Incentives for businesses
The state of Florida understands the importance of cultivating long term business profitability for all types of businesses; from corporate headquarters to manufacturing plants to service firms.
For additional information on the Economic Incentives for businesses which are offered by the State of Florida, contact me directly 850-774-6582
Here is an outline of the incentives that Florida offers...
(All incentives are subject to change without notice)
Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund (QTI)
The Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund (QTI)Â program provides an incentive for target industries to locate new facilities in Florida or to expand existing facilities in Florida.
The program provides tax refunds for new jobs created with increased incentives if the company locates in a rural county or an Enterprise Zone.
To qualify for the Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund (QTI) program, a company must create at least 10 new jobs (or a 10% increase for expanding Florida companies), pay an average of at least 115% of area wages, have a significant positive mpact on the community and have local support.
High Impact Performance Incentive Grant (HIPI)
The High Impact Performance Incentive is a negotiated grant used to attract and grow major high impact facilities in Florida.
Grants are provided to pre-approved applicants in certain high-impact sectors designated by the Governor's Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development (OTTED).
The requirements for participation include:
- Operate within designated high-impact portions of the following sectors:
- Biomedical technology,
- Financial services,
- Silicon technology,
- And transportation equipment manufacturing
- Or be a corporate headquarters facility supporting international, national or regional operations;
- Create at least 100 new full-time equivalent jobs (if a R&D facility, create at least 75 new full-time equivalent jobs) in Florida in a three-year period;
- And make a cumulative investment in the state of at least $100 million (if a R&D facility, make a cumulative investment of at least $75 million) in a three-year period.
Qualified Defense Contractor Tax Refund (QDC)
Florida is committed to preserving and growing its high technology employment base by giving Florida defense/homeland security contractors a competitive edge in consolidating contracts or subcontracts, acquiring new contracts, or converting contracts to commercial production.
The Qualified Defense Contractor Tax Refund may be up to $5,000 per job created or saved in Florida through: the conversion of defense jobs to civilian production, the acquisition of a new defense contract, or the consolidation of a defense contract which results in at least a 25 percent increase in Florida employment or a minimum of 80 jobs.
Capital Investment Tax Credit (CITC)
The Capital Investment Tax Credit is used to attract and grow capital-intensive industries in Florida. It is an annual credit, provided for up to twenty years, against the corporate income tax.
Eligible projects are those in designated high-impact portions of the following sectors:
- Biomedical technology,
- Financial services,
- Information technology,
- Silicon technology,
- Transportation equipment manufacturing,
- Or are a corporate headquarters facility.
Projects must also create a minimum of 100 jobs and invest at least $25 million in eligible capital costs.
Eligible capital costs include all expenses incurred in the acquisition, construction, installation, and equipping of a project from the beginning of construction to the commencement of operations.
The level of investment and the projectâ€™s Florida corporate income tax liability for the 20 years following commencement of operations determines the amount of the annual credit.
Quick Response Training Program (QRT)
Quick Response Training is an employer-driven training program designed to assist new value-added businesses and provide existing Florida businesses the necessary training for expansion.
A local training providerâ€”community college, area technical center or universityâ€”is available to assist with application and program development or delivery.
If the company has a training program, a state training provider will manage the training program and serve as the fiscal agent for the grant funds.
Reimbursable training expenses include: instructorsâ€™/trainersâ€™ salaries, curriculum development, textbooks/manuals, and materials/supplies.
This program is customized, flexible and responsive to individual company needs. Workforce Florida, Inc. is Floridaâ€™s innovative private-public partnership for competitive workforce incentives.
Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWT)
Incumbent Worker Training is a program that provides training to currently employed workers to keep Floridaâ€™s workforce competitive in a global economy and to retain existing businesses.
The program is available to all Florida businesses that have been in operation for at least one year prior to application and require skills upgrade training for existing employees.
Economic Development Transportation Fund
The Economic Development Transportation Fund, commonly referred to as the "Road Fund," is an incentive tool designed to alleviate transportation problems that adversely impact a specific company's location or expansion decision.
The award amount is based on the number of new and retained jobs and the eligible transportation project costs, up to $3 million.
The award is made to the local government on behalf of a specific business for public transportation improvements.
Florida encourages growth throughout the state by offering increased incentive awards and lower wage qualification thresholds in its rural counties.
Additionally, a Rural Community Development Revolving Loan Fund and Rural Infrastructure Fund exist to meet the special needs that businesses encounter in rural counties.
Florida offers increased incentive awards and lower wage qualification thresholds for businesses locating in many urban core/inner city areas that are experiencing conditions affecting the economic viability of the community and hampering the self-sufficiency of the residents.
Enterprise Zone Incentives
Florida offers an assortment of tax incentives to businesses that choose to create employment within an enterprise zone, which is a specific geographic area targeted for economic revitalization.
These include a sales and use tax credit, tax refund for business machinery and equipment used in an enterprise zone, sales tax refund for building materials used in an Enterprise Zone, and a sales tax exemption for electrical energy used in an enterprise zone.
Florida offers incentives to businesses that locate in Brownfield sites, which are underutilized industrial or commercial sites due to actual or perceived environmental contamination.
The Brownfield Redevelopment Bonus Refund is available to encourage Brownfield redevelopment and job creation. Approved applicants receive tax refunds of $2,500 for each job created.
Source: Florida's Great Northwest, Inc.
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