Enterprise Zone Credits

What Are Enterprise Zone Credits?
Established by the California Trade & Commerce Agency in 1984, the Enterprise Zone Program is a tax saving incentive designed to stimulate growth and development in selected areas within California. This program promotes the creation of new jobs, attracts new businesses, and retains businesses in particular areas. As a result, the program has created thousands of jobs annually in areas of underemployment, allowing private businesses to revive the local economy.

Enterprise Zone Credits & Deductions
The Enterprise Zone Program creates a significant tax savings opportunity for businesses in designated areas. KBKG’s Enterprise Zone Consulting services allow businesses to take full advantage of these opportunities and obtain maximum credits, with minimum disruption to the business. Businesses that fall within Enterprise Zone boundaries may be eligible to take advantage of the following credits and deductions:

  • Hiring Tax Credit:
    By far the most lucrative tax credit available through the program is the Hiring Tax Credit. The Hiring Tax Credit allows an employer to take credits of up to $37,440 per qualified employee, based on wages over a five year period.
  • Sales and Use Tax Credit:
    Taxpayers may be eligible to claim credits equal to the amount of sales tax paid on qualified purchases such as machinery & equipment, computers, fax machines, etc.
  • Business Expense Deduction:
    Accelerated depreciation is available for tangible personal property purchased by a business in the Enterprise Zone. The business may elect to treat 40% of the eligible cost of qualified property as a business expense rather than a capital expense. The business expense deduction must be claimed by making an election on the original return filed.
  • Net Interest Deduction for Lenders:
    Lenders making commercial loans to businesses located solely in an Enterprise Zone are exempt from state income tax on the net interest income they earn on the loan. This can translate to improved profitability for lenders and potentially reduced interest rates for borrowers.

Qualifying Locations
There are currently 42 Enterprise Zones within California - each zone can consist of multiple cities, unincorporated areas, and/or counties. While expiration dates vary from zone to zone, boundaries are constantly changing and allowing more businesses to qualify. Check with KBKG to see which of your locations fall within a Zone.

Free Preliminary Analysis
KBKG’s free preliminary analysis estimates the benefits for a business located in an Enterprise Zone. The first step in obtaining an analysis is to provide us with addresses of all of your California locations. We will screen these locations for the various state and federal tax incentives. From there, we will request some basic information that will allow us to provide an estimate of benefits.

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California Enterprise Zones: (Partial List)
Agua Mansa
Altadena/Pasadena
Antelope Valley
Bakersfield
Barstow
Calexico
Coachella Valley
Compton
Delano
Eureka
Fresno
Hesperia
Imperial Valley
Kings County
Lindsay
Long Beach
Los Angeles
Madera
Merced/Atwater
Oakland
Oroville
Pasadena
Pittsburg
Porterville
Richmond
Sacramento
San Bernardino
San Diego
San Francisco
San Jose
Santa Ana
Santa Clarita
Shafter
Shasta Metro
Shasta Valley
Stanislaus
Taft
Tulare
Watsonville
West Sacramento
Yuba/Sutter