To stimulate business activity in Missouri’s “distressed communities” by providing tax credits to eligible businesses that locate, relocate or expand their business within a distressed community.
Section 135.535, RSMo.
Distressed Communities only. For a list of cities and census block groups that are “distressed communities,” visit DED's web site or call 573-751-0717.
Businesses that locate, relocate or expand their business within a distressed area or distressed Missouri community.
Must have more than 75% of its employees at the facility in the distressed community.
Must have fewer than 100 employees total at all facilities nationwide (before commencing operations or relocating).
Primarily engaged in manufacturing, biomedical, medical devices, scientific research, animal research, computer software design or development, computer programming (including Internet, web hosting, and other information technology), telecommunications (wireless, wired or other), or a professional firm.
Categories of Business:
New or Relocating Businesses
Eligible new or relocating businesses may choose one of the 40% Tax Credits and the employees may receive the 1.5% Employee Tax Credit.
Eligible businesses already located in a distressed community may be eligible for the 25% Equipment Tax Credit. Existing businesses that double the number of full time employees in the distressed community from the previous year, may choose one of the 40% Tax Credits.
Tax Benefits Available:
40% Income Tax Credit:
State tax credit based on 40% of the amount of state income tax owed by the business.
40% Equipment Tax Credit:
State tax credit based on 40% of the amount of funds expended for computer equipment and its maintenance, medical laboratories and equipment, research laboratory equipment, manufacturing equipment, fiber optic equipment, high speed telecommunications, wiring or software development expense in the calendar year.
1.5% Employee Tax Credit:
Employees of an eligible business may receive a tax credit against state individual income tax equal to 1.5% of their gross annual salary paid at the project facility. The business must receive one of the 40% Tax Credits each year for the employees to be eligible for this credit.
25% Equipment Tax Credit:
State tax credit based on 25% of the amount of funds expended for eligible equipment in a taxable year that exceeds the average of the prior two years’ expenditures for such equipment. Eligible expenditures are computer equipment and its maintenance, medical laboratories and equipment, research laboratory equipment, manufacturing equipment, fiber optic equipment, high-speed telecommunications, wiring or software development.
PROGRAM BENEFITS/ELIGIBLE USES
The 40% Income Tax Credits and the 25% and 40% Equipment Tax Credits can be applied to:
And have these special attributes:
Carryback 3 years
Carryforward 5 years
Sellable or transferable
The 1.5% Individual Tax Credit can be applied to:
And has this special attribute:
Per Business Limit:
40% Income Tax Credit: $125,000/year
25% and 40% Equipment Tax Credits: $75,000/year
40% Equipment Tax Credit: Year of commencement of operations plus three calendar years thereafter
40% Income Tax Credit: Three tax years after commencement of operations
1.5% Employee Tax Credit: Three tax years after commencement of operations
New or relocating businesses should submit a Pre-Application to DED prior to commencing operations in the distressed community.
Businesses applying for the 25% Equipment Tax Credit should submit a Pre-Application for each year that they intend to request tax credits.
Applications for tax credits must be submitted to DED prior to February 15th of the calendar year following the year in which the credits were earned.
Tax credits will be issued on a first-come, first served basis.
The "Tax Credit Accountability Act" reporting form must be submitted to DED by June 30 each year for three years following the year of the first issuance of tax credits.
SPECIAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
A business can only earn the 40% Tax Credits under this program for one eligibility period.
No business can earn credits under this program if earning Missouri Quality Jobs, Enterprise Zone, Enhanced Enterprise Zone, Business Facility or Brownfield Jobs and Investment Tax Credits for the same project for the same tax period. If a project is eligible for more than one such program, the business must choose only one program.
Missouri Department of Economic Development
Division of Business and Community Services
Finance Management Team
301 West High Street, Room 770
P.O. Box 118
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: 573-751-4539 Fax: 573-522-4322
To e-mail this web page attach the following URL: http://go.missouridevelopment.org/rc
Business and Community Services
301 W. High Street, Rooms 720, 770 Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
Tel: 800-523-1434 Fax: 573-751-7384 Email: email@example.com