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Enterprise Zone Area Designation Application

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Enterprise Zone Area Designation Application


THE ENTERPRISE ZONE TAX CREDIT PROGRAM


Note: No new Enterprise Zone Designations will be granted after December 31, 2020!

 

The Utah Enterprise Zone Tax Credit Program was established in 1988 to promote economic development and business growth in rural areas of the State of Utah. An Enterprise Zone comprises an area identified by local elected and economic development officials and designated by the state. Cities under 20,000 in population in counties under 70,000 in population, or an Indian Tribe for tribal lands are eligible to apply. Designation is granted after a review of this application on the basis of economic development need and other economic distress factors. 


Under this program, certain types of businesses locating to, or expanding in a designated Enterprise Zone may claim these tax credits.



WHAT ARE THE TAX CREDITS?

There are two types of tax credits under the Enterprise Zone—the Job Creation Tax Credit and the Capital Investment Tax Credit.


JOB CREATION TAX CREDIT

1.      A $750 tax credit for each new full time position created within the Enterprise Zone;

2.      An additional $500 tax credit if the new position pays at least 125% of the county average monthly wage non-agricultural payroll wage;

3.      An additional $750 tax credit if the new full-time employee position created within the enterprise zone in in a business entity that adds value to agricultural commodities through manufacturing or processing;

4.      An additional $200 tax credit may be claimed for two consecutive years for each new full-time employee position created within the enterprise zone that is filled by an employee who is insured under an employer-sponsored health insurance and the employer pays at least 50% of the premium cost for the year for which the credit is claimed. 


CAPITAL INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT

1.      A tax credit of 25% of the first $200,000 spent on rehabilitating a building in the enterprise Zone that has been vacant for at least two years or more, including that the building has had or contained no occupants, tenants, furniture, or personal property in the time period immediately before the rehabilitation.

2.      An annual investment tax credit of 5% of the first $750,000 in qualifying investment in plant, equipment, or other depreciable property.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

·         Tax credits are available to eligible businesses in designated enterprise zones from the beginning of the tax year in which a zone is designated.

·         Under the Job Creation Tax Credit a business may claim for up to thirty full-time positions per tax year.

·         The full amount of a tax credit may be carried over for three years.

·         Businesses closing operations in one rural area to locate in another rural area may not claim tax credits under this program.

·         Construction jobs are not eligible for Job Creation Tax Credits.

·         Retail businesses (NAICS 44 and 45) and public utilities are not eligible to claim either the Job Creation or Capital Investment Tax Credits.


Please visit locate.utah.gov to see eligible Enterprise Zones


The GOED Office of Rural Development will contact you by phone or email if we have questions or need additional information. We will expedite your application as quickly as we can. If you have any questions about this process please contact us.

The Enterprise Zone Act is found in Utah Code 63N-2-201 through 215. For more information about tax credits available under this program please contact goedruralprograms@utah.gov.



Thank you for participating in the Enterprise Zone Tax Credit and for supporting the growth of rural businesses throughout Utah!




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GENERAL INFORMATION








If your county is not on this list it is not eligible for designation as an Enterprise Zone.




EVIDENCE OF NEED FOR DEVELOPMENT
According to Section 63N-2-204 1(b), 2(c) of the Enterprise Zone statute, a county applicant or municipal applicant seeking designation as an Enterprise Zone shall provide clear evidence of the need for development. In accordance with this requirement, and based on the GOED Office of Rural Development criteria for evaluating applications, Sections 63N-2-206, please provide clear evidence of the need for development by answering the following questions:

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DEVELOPMENT PLAN
According to Section 63N-2-204 3(b) of the Enterprise Zone statute, a county applicant or municipal applicant seeking designation as an Enterprise Zone shall provide a development plan. Please answer the following questions that outline the development plan:

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LOCAL CONTRIBUTIONS
According to Section 63N-2-205 of the Enterprise Zone statute, an area may be designated as an Enterprise Zone only if the county applicant or the municipal applicant agrees to make a qualifying local contribution. Qualifying contributions may include, but are not limited to those listed below.  Please choose all local contributions the county or municipal applicant will offer.  If there will be other contributions please select Other Local Contributions and list them in the field provided.


SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION
The applicant must submit the following documentation to complete the application:
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