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Small businesses incentives pushed by state

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky small businesses still have an opportunity to claim a tax credit of up to $25,000 on their 2017 taxes, but time is limited to apply for this year’s credit.

By applying for the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit program by Nov. 1, small businesses stand the best chance of receiving approval in time for their 2017 tax filings. Tax credits are available for companies that, in the past 24 months, added at least one new employee and invested $5,000 or more in qualifying equipment or technology.

The program, offered by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, encourages growth among the state’s small businesses.

“Kentucky’s small businesses play a crucial role in the state’s economy and employment base. As well, they bring a vibrancy that makes their communities desirable places to live and work,” said Cabinet Secretary Terry Gill. “In partnering with small businesses through this program, our Cabinet promotes both the creation of new jobs and reinvestment by private-sector companies, as well as community development.”

The program is available to most for-profit businesses of 50 or fewer full-time employees, including companies in the construction, manufacturing, retail, service and wholesale industries.

Qualifying small businesses may be eligible to receive a state income tax credit ranging from $3,500 to $25,000 per year. The tax credit amount varies based upon the number of jobs created and the cost of equipment purchased.

Last year, the program incentivized the creation of 523 private-sector jobs and nearly $6 million in investments by 174 small businesses. On average, each participating company hired three people and received more than $10,000 in tax savings. Since inception, the program has assisted in creating nearly 1,300 jobs and $13.4 million in new investments.

To learn more about the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit program or to apply, visit www.KentuckyTaxCredit.org or contact the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development at 800-626-2930.

The program is among the many ways the Cabinet’s Office of Entrepreneurship encourages growth among Kentucky’s startups and small businesses. Other resources include programs that provide assistance for international trade and market development, access to credit, mentoring and advocacy. As well, through its Kentucky Innovation Network, entrepreneurs and startups can connect with multiple resources at offices statewide. Learn more about the Office of Entrepreneurship here or by calling 800-626-2930.

Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com. Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ThinkKentucky or follow on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/ThinkKentucky. Watch the Cabinet’s “This is My Kentucky” video on YouTube.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency responsible for encouraging new jobs and investment in the state. New capital investment announced in Kentucky in 2015 totaled a state record $5.1 billion, spurring more than 16,000 projected new jobs. Information on available industrial properties, workforce development assistance, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other economic development resources is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com.

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