State of Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development

Targeted Business Tax Credit (TBTC) - Community Investment Project (CIP) Application

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The purpose of the Targeted Business Tax Credit (TBTC) is to encourage private investment and the creation of jobs in rural Utah counties with populations less than 25,000. The Targeted Business Tax Credit (TBTC) program is available to businesses that will make significant capital investments and/or will hire a significant new number of full-time employees. 


The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) may award up to $300,000 of allocation caps, with no more than $100,000 being allocated to one project, to businesses with eligible Community Investment Projects (CIP)Community Investment Projects, located within a designated Enterprise Zone Areawill be proposed by applying business entities, establish benchmarks and goals for earning the tax credit. 


Please note that the TBTC is a post-performance, refundable tax credit. Post-performance means that tax credit certificates may only be applied for after the completion of an approved Community Investment Project (CIP). A refundable tax credit is a tax credit that a claimant may claim regardless of whether or not the claimant has a state tax liability for the taxable year. 
What you will need

In order to complete this application you will need to be prepared with the following information:

1)   General Information

a.       Business Name

b.    Federal Tax ID Number

c.      Primary NAICS Code

d.       Contact information—address, phone, email, etc.

e.      Project information—address, county, etc.

2)   Detailed Scope of Work of project

a.      Significant capital investment

b.      How the work will be accomplished

c.       Time frame

d.       Anticipated results of finished project

e.       Significant new employment, number and wages

3)   Detailed description of project economic impact

a.       How the project coordinates with goals of the Enterprise Zone

b.       How the project coordinates with overall economic development goals of county/city.

4)   Number of anticipated new jobs to be created

5)   Anticipated wage levels of new employees

6)   Project Budget—estimates, bids, etc.

7)   Project Timeline—build out, hiring, purchasing, etc.

8)   Utah Employer Quarterly Wage List and Contribution Reports (DWS 33H) for four quarters

9)   Maps, drawings, blue prints or renderings associated with proposed project

10) Letter of Support from local Economic Development Director or Elected Official

11) Company W9 Form

Calendar 
Targeted Business Tax Credit (TBTC) Process:

January 1, 2019 --TBTC-Community Investment Project online application opens.
February 1  2019-- Deadline for Applications. Online application closes.

The application period may only be extended on approval from the Governor's Rural Partnership Board.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) will notify all eligible applicants if they will receive an allocated cap amount for their Community Investment Project (CIP) after review and scoring of all applications. Benchmarks required to prove completion of a CIP will be identified in the application process and be included with the allocation cap notice.

Terminology Definitions

Qualifying “Business Entity” means
- a business located within an enterprise zone area (see www.locate.utah.gov), and, 
- residing in a county with a population of less than 25,000 and,
- employing at least 51% of the employees (including those employees currently employed) at the business entity's facility which is located in an enterprise zone area, or an enterprise zone that is immediately adjacent and contiguous to the county in which the enterprise zone is located.

“Community Investment Project (CIP)” means: a project that the business applicant is proposing that includes significant capital investment and/or significant new employment.

Enterprise Zone Area: An Enterprise Zone Area is a designation by the Governor's Office of Economic Development after having received (and approved) a request for Enterprise Zone designation from the governing body of a qualifying rural city, county or tribe.  To see if your business or Community Investment Project is within a current Enterprise Zone Area, go to locate.utah.gov.  Enter your physical address in the upper right corner of the home page, then select the red "Workforce" bar, and check the "Enterprise Zones" box.  A red colored overlay identifies areas within a current Enterprise Zone Area.

 “Capital Investment” means: new construction, expansion, and/or purchase of depreciable equipment.

“New employment” means: employees hired after the TBTC-CIP application is submitted and receives an allocation cap compared to current number of employees as claimed on TBTC application.

“High-paying Jobs” means: Full-time jobs paying a wage which will be compared to the county average wages. Proposals from businesses for hiring full-time employees above the county average wage will be more favorable than those that do not.

“Full-time” means: at least 30 hours per week.

“Allocation Cap" means: The amount of potential refundable tax credit that an approved Community Investment Project has been allotted. 

“Refundable Tax Credit” means:  A tax credit that a claimant may make regardless of whether or not the claimant has a state tax liability for the taxable year.

“Targeted Business Tax Credit (TBTC)” Eligibility Certificate” means: a document provided by the GOED Office to a business applicant (having received an allocation cap) before the applicant may claim a refundable targeted business income tax credit.

“Annual post-performance reporting” means: Required reporting to notify GOED of annual CIP progress and/or completion of CIP.   
Please contact goedruralprograms@utah.gov with any questions or concerns regarding the Targeted Business Tax Credit (TBTC) program. Please contact Jaron Janson, jjanson@utah.gov, for technical assistance with this portal.

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Preliminary Steps – Eligibility Quiz

Eligibilty Quiz

Prior to starting the application process for a Targeted Business Tax Credit (TBTC) - Community Investment Project, please take this brief Eligibility Quiz.

If you answer “NO” to any of questions in the preliminary Eligibility Quiz below, you may not be ready to apply for the TBTC – Community Investment Project program:







Please note: “Capital Investment” means: new construction, expansion, and/or purchase of depreciable equipment. “New employment” means: employees hired after the CIP application is submitted and receives an allocation cap, compared to current number of employees as claimed on TBTC application.






If you have answered “Yes” to all of the preliminary Eligibility Quiz questions, you may begin the Targeted Business Tax Credit (TBTC)-Community Investment Project application. 

Please be aware that meeting the Eligibility Quiz and the Targeted Business Tax Credit application criteria does NOT guarantee you will receive a Refundable Tax Credit allocation cap.  The number of applications we receive may outnumber our capacity to fund all the great Community Investment Projects around the state.  

If you have questions, please contact us.  We’re happy to help. To connect with our staff, please email goedruralprograms@utah.gov 

Please click, "Next Page" to continue.

Page 3 - General Information

Input your address and business information below. The Enterprise Zone address must be within an Enterprise Zone Area. If the provided business address is not in an Enterprise Zone the application will be rejected. If your headquarters or preferred business address is different than the Enterprise Zone address, please input that address into the other business address fields below.

Business Entity Information - All Questions are Required
This is the company name on your Utah state tax return. If you are claiming this credit on your individual income tax return please use your name here.

Please note: The following business entities are NOT eligible to apply:
o Construction;
o Retail Trade; or
o Public Utility.


Please note: The number you enter here should be the same number which appears on your most recent DWS filing. You will be required to upload copies of your DWS form 33-H in order to establish an employee baseline and to determine projected numbers of new employees.
Contact Information
Business Entity Mailing Address

Please input your mailing address below. 



Business Entity Physical Non-Mailing Address

Your business entity's physical address is different than the above.

Community Investment Project Physical Address

Your Community Investment Project physical address, if different than the business entity mailing address above. 

Page 4 - Community Investment Project Information

Project Information

Please note: Community Investment Projects which receive an allocation in 2019 must be completed by December 31, 2020 in order to apply for a TBTC Certificate.

Please note: Your application is competitively scored. The Scope of Work you describe will set benchmarks by which Targeted Business Tax Credits will be allocated and eligibility certificates will be issued. Projects with higher capital investment and/or new jobs and associated wage level will receive higher ranking.

Please note: Your application is competitively scored. The Community Impact you describe will be compared to other application projects to determine Targeted Business Tax Credits allocations. Projects with the greatest community impact will receive higher ranking.

Please note: Over 51% of any new hires must reside in the County in which the CIP Enterprise Zone Area is located or an Enterprise Zone Area that is immediately adjacent and contiguous to the County in which the CIP Enterprise Zone is located. Also note: Projects with higher capital investment and/or new jobs and associated wage level will receive higher ranking.


Other Application Factors

Please note: Community Investment Projects which are "shovel ready", (which could include owning the property in which the Project would be located, having finance for Project arranged, and/or planning to begin Project within calendar year of the application would receive a higher ranking.

Please note: Community Investment Projects which are "shovel ready", (which could include owning the property in which the Project would be located, having finance for Project arranged, and/or planning to begin Project within calendar year of the application would receive a higher ranking.

Page 5 - Project Attachments

Project Support Documentation
Please provide the following items in relation to your Community Investment Project:

Please note: The budget for the project will be used to set benchmarks to determine project completion and Targeted Business Tax Credits Eligibility Certificates issued. Projects with higher capital investment and/or new jobs and associated wage level will receive higher ranking.

Please note: The timeline for the project will be used to set benchmarks to determine project completion and Targeted Business Tax Credits Eligibility Certificates issued. Projects with higher capital investment and/or new jobs and associated wage level will receive higher ranking.






Page 6 - Submission and Compliance

Final Confirmation
Thank you for submitting your application. Our staff will review your application and contact you soon. If your application is approved for a Targeted Business Tax Credit (TBTC) allocation, you will be notified of the cap amount, instructions and dates for reporting. The staff may contact you for further documentation, if needed.