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Florida offers incentives for all types of businesses, from corporate headquarters to manufacturing plants and service firms.
Attractive capital investment credits encourage capital-invested industries to set up in Florida, while training incentives provide the possibility to expand the knowledge and skills of future and current employees. Florida encourages growth throughout the state by offering increased incentive awards and lower wage qualification thresholds in its rural counties. The state also 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 through urban incentives. Florida’s tax advantages are front and center when creating incentives to move business to Florida.
This annual credit, provided for up to twenty years, is used against the corporate income tax. Eligible projects are those in designated high-impact portions of the following sectors: advanced manufacturing, clean energy, biomedical technology, financial services, information technology, silicon technology, transportation equipment manufacturing or 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 project’s Florida corporate income tax liability for the 20 years following commencement of operations determines the amount of the annual credit.
The HIPI is a negotiated grant used to attract and grow major high-impact facilities in Florida. Grants are provided to applicants pre-approved by the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). In order to participate in the program, the project must: operate within designated high-impact portions of the following sectors — Clean Energy, Life Sciences, Financial Services, Corporate Headquarters, Transportation Equipment Manufacturing, Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing and Semiconductors; create at least 50 new full-time equivalent jobs (if a R&D facility, create at least 25 new full-time equivalent jobs) in Florida in a three-year period; and make a cumulative investment in the state of at least $50 million (if an R&D facility, make a cumulative investment of at least $25 million) in a three year period. Once recommended by Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) and approved by DEO, the high-impact business is awarded 50 percent of the eligible grant upon commencement of operations and the balance of the awarded grant once full employment and capital investment goals are met.
A Rural Community Development Revolving Loan Fund and Rural Infrastructure Fund exist to meet the special needs that businesses encounter in rural counties. At the same times, Brownfield Incentives offer advantages to businesses that locate on a brownfield site with a Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreement (BSRA). The Brownfield Redevelopment Bonus Refund is available to encourage Brownfield redevelopment and job creation. Approved applicants receive tax refunds of up to $2,500 for each job created.