For a complete listing of state programs and eligibility requirements, visit the Department of Economic Opportunity’s website: www.Floridajobs.org, or contact the Office of Economic Development at (904) 630-1858. Companies should refer to the Public Investment Policy for specific requirements. (click here to download a copy of the Public Investment Policy).
Qualified Targeted Industry (QTI)
Available for companies that create high wage jobs in targeted high value-added industries. This incentive includes refunds on corporate income, sales, ad valorem, intangible personal property, insurance premium, and certain other taxes. Pre-approved applicants who create jobs in Florida paying 115 percent or more of the State of Florida average wage, receive tax refunds of $3,000 per net new Florida full-time equivalent job created. For businesses paying 150 percent of the average annual wage, add $1,000 per job; for businesses paying 200 percent of the average annual salary, add $2,000 per job; businesses falling within a designated high impact sector or increasing exports of its goods through a seaport or airport in the state by at least 10 percent in value or tonnage in each year of receiving a QTI refund, add $2,000 per job; projects locating in a designated Brownfield area (Brownfield Bonus) can add $2,500 per job. The local community where the company locates contributes 20 percent of the total tax refund. No more than 25 percent of the total refund approved may be taken in any single fiscal year. New or expanding businesses in selected targeted industries or corporate headquarters are eligible.
Quick Action Closing Fund (QACF)
The Quick Action Closing Fund (Closing Fund) is a discretionary grant incentive that can be accessed by Florida’s Governor, after consultation with the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to respond to unique requirements of wealth-creating projects. When Florida is vying for intensely competitive projects, Closing Funds may be utilized to overcome a distinct, quantifiable disadvantage after other available resources have been exhausted. The Closing Fund award is paid out based on specific project criteria outlined in a performance-based contract between the company and the State of Florida. Wages must be greater than or equal to 125 percent of the State of Florida average wage. Sanctions are applied to companies who fail to meet or maintain performance goals.
Florida Flex Grant Program
An employer-driven training program designed to assist new value-added businesses and provide existing Florida businesses the necessary training for expansion. A state educational facility – community college, area technical center, school district or university – is available to assist with application and program development or delivery. The educational facility will also serve as fiscal agent for the project. The company may use in-house training, outside vendor training programs or the local educational entity to provide training. Reimbursable training expenses include: instructors’/trainers’ wages, curriculum development, and textbooks/manuals. This program is customized, flexible, and responsive to individual company needs. To learn more about the Florida Flex Grant Program, visit CareerSource Florida.
High-Impact Performance Incentive (HIPI)
Negotiated grant used to attract and grow major high impact facilities in Florida. Grants are provided to pre-approved applicants in certain high-impact sectors designated by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). In order to participate in the program, the project must: operate within designated high-impact portions of the following sectors– clean energy, corporate headquarters, financial services, life sciences, semiconductors, and transportation equipment manufacturing; create at least 50 new full-time equivalent jobs (if a R&D facility, create at least 25 new full-time equivalent jobs) in Florida in a three-year period; and make a cumulative investment in the state of at least $50 million (if a R&D facility, make a cumulative investment of at least $25 million) in a three-year period. Once recommended by Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) and approved by DEO, the high impact business is awarded 50 percent of the eligible grant upon commencement of operations and the balance of the awarded grant once full employment and capital investment goals are met.
Capital Investment Tax Credit (CITC)
Used to attract and grow capital-intensive industries in Florida. It is an annual credit, provided for up to 20 years, against the corporate income tax. Eligible projects are those in designated high-impact portions of the following sectors: clean energy, biomedical technology, financial services, information technology, silicon technology, transportation equipment manufacturing, or be a corporate headquarters facility. Projects must also create a minimum of 100 jobs and invest at least $25 million in eligible capital costs. Eligible capital costs include all expenses incurred in the acquisition, construction, installation, and equipping of a project from the beginning of construction to the commencement of operations. The level of investment and the project’s Florida corporate income tax liability for the 20 years following commencement of operations determines the amount of the annual credit.
Economic Development Transportation Fund (Road Fund)
An incentive tool designed to alleviate transportation problems that adversely impact a specific company’s location or expansion decision. The award amount is based on the number of new and retained jobs and the eligible transportation project costs, up to $3 million. The award is made to the local government on behalf of a specific business for public transportation improvements.
Sales Tax Exemptions available in Florida:
Aviation Industry Tax Exemptions
Research and Development (R&D) Sales Tax Exemption
Sales and Use Exemptions on Machinery and Equipment
Sales Tax Exemption on Electricity Used in Manufacturing Process
Semiconductor, Defense and Space Technology (SDST) Equipment Sales Tax Exemption
Space Industry Sales Tax Exemption