Mega Project Tax Credit

Companies that hire at least 1,800 net new employees, AND either [invest a minimum of $450 million or have a minimum annual payroll of $150 million] may claim a $5,250 per job, per year tax credit for the first five years of each net new job position. Companies must create the required 1,800 jobs by the close of the sixth taxable year following the withholding start date. However, if a company has invested at least $600 million in qualified investment property by year six, the company will have two additional years (until year eight) to meet the job creation requirement. If a company has invested at least $800 million in qualified investment property by year eight, the company will have two additional years (until year ten) to meet the job creation requirement. Credits are first applied to state corporate income tax liability, with excess credits eligible for use against state payroll withholding. Credits may be carried forward for 10 years. A maximum of 4,500 new jobs created by any one project may be eligible to receive these credits. If the required 1,800 new jobs are not maintained, the company may be subject to recapture provisions. A taxpayer creates 2,000 new jobs and invests $500 million in a new facility and equipment. The taxpayer will be eligible to receive $52.5 million in tax credits over five years to reduce or eliminate Georgia income tax, with any excess credits eligible for use against state payroll withholding. [2,000 jobs x $5,250 credits/job x 5 years = $52.5 million].