Billions of dollars are invested into U.S. businesses every year by economic development agencies across the country. These investments come in the form of tax credits and incentives aimed at attracting, recruiting, and supporting targeted industries. However, many companies are unaware of the existence of these incentives or mistakenly believe they don’t qualify. Even those who receive incentives often fail to maximize their benefits due to various reasons. In this blog, we will explore the importance of incentives, qualifying criteria, the best time to seek incentives, and the significance of performance metrics and proof of performance reporting.
Unveiling the Incentives:
Economic development agencies offer a range of incentives to attract and retain businesses. These incentives, often provided as cash or cash-like benefits, can have a significant impact on a company’s EBITDA. Some common examples include training grants, site preparation grants, land/property donations, utility rate reductions, permit fee waivers, cash for jobs, infrastructure upgrades, railway extensions, and property tax abatements. Additionally, there are numerous project-specific incentives that are not widely publicized on economic development websites.[Read more…]