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California was No. 4 in tax burden before Proposition 30 passed

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 | Enterprise Zones, Legislation, Tax News


The Tax Foundation found that California ranked the fourth worst state when it comes to taxes.  And that was before it added more taxes with Prop 30.  Jerry Brown is gunning for number 1 if he continues his attempts to minimize the Enterprise Zone tax credits.

Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez Appointed As The Democratic Whip

Monday, December 3rd, 2012 | Enterprise Zones, Legislation, Tax News


From today’s Imperial Valley News:

Sacramento, California – Today, State Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez announced his new leadership team, appointing Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) to the position of Democratic Whip.  The announcement was made during the swearing-in ceremony of the California State Assembly’s 2013-14 session.

“There is a lot of work to be done to keep the economy growing and get our communities back to work,” said Pérez, “and as a senior member of the Legislature entering my third and final term, I am pleased to be bringing my policy skills to bear as a member of the Speaker’s leadership team.”

As a member of Democratic leadership, Pérez will no longer serve as the committee chairman of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy.

Also today, Pérez was nominated by his peers to serve as Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus.  As Vice Chair, Pérez will work closely with State Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair, to set the direction and priorities of the Caucus.  The Vice Chair serves a one-year term.

Among his first actions of the 2013 session, Pérez introduced AB 28, a bill that adds accountability and transparency measures to the California Enterprise Zone program, a state program designed to attract business investment and support job creation in low-income and underserved communities.  Since his election to the State Assembly in 2008 and throughout his tenure as chair of the Assembly Jobs Committee, Pérez has been a vocal advocate to protect and strengthen this economic development program.

With the newly redrawn Assembly District lines, Pérez now represents the 56th district, which comprises the cities of Blythe, Brawley, Bermuda Dunes, Calexico, Calipatria, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, Indio, Mecca, Oasis, North Shore, Salton Sea, Thermal, Thousand Palms, and Westmorland.

Enterprise Zones the One Bright Spot in an Otherwise Tough California Business Climate

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 | Enterprise Zones, Tax News


In a recent survey, ”almost three-fourths (73%) of California firms that do business in multiple states say it is harder doing business in the Golden State than in other states, according to the 2012 business climate survey of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education.  That finding is higher than in 2011 (57%) or in 2010 (63%). The study of 699 businesses is sponsored by the California Chamber of Commerce. No one in the 2012 survey said California is an easier place to do business.”

Respondents are “overwhelmingly unimpressed by California’s state government. Only 2% could name a state action in the past year that helped make it easier to run their business.  Among the action named were enterprise zone tax credits, worker’s compensation reform and minimum-wage increase failed.”

Read the full OC Register article.

Wounded Warriors WOTC

Thursday, December 1st, 2011 | Enterprise Zones, Tax News


The 2011 Heroes Act expands the WOTC to include:

  • Employers that hire veterans who have been looking for employment for more than six months may be eligible for a Returning Heroes Tax Credit of up to $5,600 per employee; employers that hire veterans who have been looking for employment for less than six months may be eligible for a credit of up to $2,400 per employee.
  • Employers that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities who have been looking for employment for more than six months may be eligible for a Wounded Warriors Tax Credit of up to $9,600 per employee.

 The credits apply to individuals who begin work after November 21, 2011 and on or before December 31, 2012. Keep in mind that the Heroes Act does not extend WOTC’s current December 31, 2011 sunset date for all other potentially elilgible WOTC participaants.

Steinberg Responds to Five Point Plan

Thursday, May 12th, 2011 | Enterprise Zones, Tax News

The Democratic leadership responded to the Five Point Plan with this Letter.  Steinberg discusses the Enterprise Zone as follows:

You noted the need to fix redevelopment and enterprise zone programs, but you urge the Legislature to preserve their job generation capacity.  We agree.  We should point out, however, that both redevelopment and enterprise zone programs are major sources of the state’s fiscal problem (through additional state costs for schools and loss of state tax revenue).  Two respected non-partisan institutions, the Legislative Analyst and the Public Policy Institute of California, have raised serious questions about whether redevelopment and enterprise zones actually help with job creation and retention.

Brown’s Plan Could Hurt African Americans

Thursday, January 27th, 2011 | Enterprise Zones, Tax News


Our Weekly published an article outlining how the Enterprise Zone program has helped provide employment in areas that house high percentages of minorities.  Taking away the EZ program would disproportionately affect African Americans.

Enterprise zones have been instrumental in revitalizing inner city areas, said [Assemblymember Isadore] Hall. To target them strikes at the very heart of many minority areas, he said.

Read the full article.

Weekly Featured Enterprise Zone: Modesto, CA

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 | Featured Zone

Areas of Modesto have been designated to be included in the Stanislaus Enterprise Zone by the Governor of California through The Housing & Community Development Department.  Being in the EZ provides businesses with tax incentives offered by the State to aid economic growth and enhance the community.

What are the incentives?
The following incentives are available through the State of California, from which the following summary was obtained:

Hiring Tax Credits
EZ businesses can earn up to $31,574 in State tax credits for each qualified or voucher employee hired over a five-year period.  Refer to The Alliance for information about eligibility criteria to determine whether an employee qualifies for this credit.

Sales & Use Tax Credits
EZ businesses may receive the sales or use tax credit for the purchase of manufacturing or processing machinery, data processing and other equipment used in the EZ.  Individuals, partnerships, subchapter S corporations, and limited liability companies can claim a credit on the first $1,000,000 of qualifying purchases per year, while corporations can claim credit on the first $20,000,000 of purchases per year.

Business Expense Deduction
Up front expensing of certain depreciable property can be claimed.

Preference Points
EZ businesses can earn preference points on state contracts.

Operating Loss Carryover
Up to 100% of the Net Operating Loss may be carried forward for up to 15 years.

Net Interest Deduction
Lenders to EZ businesses may receive a net interest deduction.

Unused Tax Credits
Unused tax credits can be applied to reduce future tax liability.

Watsonville Enterprise Zone

Friday, June 18th, 2010 | Featured Zone

A business located in the Watsonville Enterprise Zone (see map) can take advantage of tremendous tax credits offered by the State of California. Below are some of the tax credits, for more information go to Economic Development Areas (EDA).

Hiring Tax Credit

Businesses may reduce state taxes by up to $37,440 per qualified employee over a five-year period. Qualified employees are new employees who are hired to work at least 50% of their time within the Enterprise Zone and meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • Resident of the Targeted Employment Area (see TEA map) or
  • Participant or eligible for services from the Santa Cruz County Career Works program (Calworks/WIA) or
  • Dislocated and/or unemployed or
  • Seasonal worker or
  • Public assistance recipient or
  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit eligible or
  • Veteran or
  • Native American

The Redevelopment and Housing Department determines eligible employees and issues the vouchers allowing businesses to take advantage of the tax credit. The City of Watsonville offers workshops for businesses currently participating in the EZ program and also for those businesses wanting more information on how to participate. Please contact Jacqueline Ventura to obtain applications for vouchers or to attend the next informational workshop at: 831-768-3095 or jventura@ci.watsonville.ca.us

Sales and Use Tax Credit

Businesses can substantially reduce their California income or franchise tax obligations by taking advantages of this tax credit. In any year, companies may claim a tax credit equal to the tax paid on certain machinery purchases to be used exclusively within the boundaries of the Watsonville Enterprise Zone. Individuals and partnerships may make this claim on the first $1 million of machinery purchased; corporations may claim the credit on the first $20 million of machinery purchased in any one year. For more information, contact the California Franchise Tax Board at (916) 845-3464 or http://www.ftb.ca.gov.

Business Expense Deduction

Businesses may deduct part of the cost of tangible property as a business expense in the first year it is placed in service. This includes most equipment and furnishings purchased for exclusive use in the Zone (excluding real estate). Depending on the date the property was placed in service, relative to the Enterprise Zone Final Designation, the amount deducted per property can be as much as $20,000. For more information, contact the California Franchise Tax Board at (916) 845-3464 or http://www.ftb.ca.gov.

Net Operating Loss Carryover and Net Interest Deduction for Lenders

Individuals or corporations in an Enterprise Zone may carry over up to 100% (versus 50%) of net operating losses (NOL) to future years to reduce the amount of taxable income for those years. The NOL carryover is determined by computing the business loss, which results strictly from business activity in the Enterprise Zone. (Suspended for 2002, 2003) Individuals, non-commercial lenders and commercial institutions may deduct the net interest earned on a loan to a business operating solely within the Watsonville Enterprise Zone. The net effect could be a 3 to 4% increase on return-on-investment! Net interest deductions are for the life of the Enterprise Zone.

Featured Enterprise Zone: Calexico

Friday, June 4th, 2010 | Featured Zone

Enterprise Zones were legislated throughput the state in 1984.  The program provides tax incentives t businesses, thereby encouraging and bolstering private sector market forces in target areas.  Calexico and the County of Imperial bordering Mexico have California Enterprise Zone status covering 14,298 acres.

In 1985, California legislation was passed enabling the designation of  “Enterprise Zones” throughout the state. The purpose of the Enterprise Zone program is to provide tax incentives to businesses, thereby encouraging and bolstering private sector market forces in target areas.

Enterprise Zone companies earn tax credits by hiring participants in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Cal Works and the One Stop Services Department.

Business Investment Incentives /Tax credits and benefits to qualified companies are:

  • Up to 100% Net Operating Loss carry-forward. NOL may be carried forward 15 years.
  • Firms can earn $37,440 or more in state tax credits for each qualified employee.
  • Corporations can earn sales tax credits on purchases of $20 million per year of qualified machinery and machinery parts.
  • Up-front expensing of certain depreciable property.
  • Lenders to zone businesses may receive a net interest deduction.
  • Unused tax credits can be applied to future tax years, stretching out the benefit of the initial investment.
  • Enterprise Zone companies can earn preference points on state contracts.

Other State investments include State contract bid preference points; low-interest small business loans; and lender’s deduction of interest income earned on loans to businesses in the Zone. Also qualifying new employees can claim tax credit on their State Income Tax.

Calexico Administrative Incentives

The City of Calexico offers these administrative incentives to new and expanding businesses:

  • Fast-tracked building permits
  • Waiver of building permit, plumbing and electrical fees
  • Rebate of business license and refuse collection fees for a two year period.

How much can My Business Save?

The answer depends totally on the tax position of your business and the nature of your business investments. A large manufacturer with significant equipment investments and equipment investments and many new employees save literally hundreds of thousands of dollars, while another business might make investments which do not meet the qualifying criteria. It is best, therefore, to be aware of the tax benefits and make investment decisions accordingly. It should be noted that many of the investment incentives consist of State tax credits, which can be claimed against a tax liability, and therefore, are more valuable than tax deductions.

California Income Tax Effect of The Employer’s Tax Wage Credit


An employer may claim a credit against its income tax liability for a percentage of wages paid to qualified employees.

Amount of Credit

50% of qualified wages in Year 1
40% of qualified wages in Year 2
30% of qualified wages in Year 3
20% of qualified wages in Year 4
10% of qualified wages in Year 5

Featured Enterprise Zone: Pasadena, CA

Friday, May 21st, 2010 | Tax News

Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County. Famous for hosting the annual Rose Bowl football game and the Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena is the home of many leading scientific and cultural institutions, including the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (the leading robotics and spacecraft design and manufacturing NASA center), Art Center College of Design, the Pasadena Playhouse, California School of Culinary Arts Pasadena and the Norton Simon Museum of Art. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 133,936, making it the 160th largest city in the United States. The California Finance Department estimated the Pasadena population to be 146,166 in 2005. Pasadena is the 6th largest city in Los Angeles County, and the main cultural center of the San Gabriel Valley.

If you are looking to move your business into Pasadena there are a wide range of tax credits available to you, such as:

Hiring Credit Program
This five year state tax credit, potentially up to $37,000 per qualified employee, for full-time or part-time employees that meet one of the twelve qualifying criteria under the Hiring Credit Program. Potential criteria includes but not limited to: previously laid off due to plant closure or downsizing, military veteran, public assistance recipient, and resident of a targeted employment area. Enterprise Zone business must obtain a Hiring Credit Voucher from the Pasadena Enterprise Zone Office.

  • Targeted Employment Area Ranges for 2007 Designation
  • 2007 Targeted Employment Area Map
  • State Income Limits 2008 to 2000

Sales and Use Tax Credit
Allows Enterprise Zone businesses to claim a state tax credit equal to the sales and use tax paid on the purchase of qualified equipment. Qualified equipment includes assets such as manufacturing, data processing, office, audio/video, and computer equipment.

Business Expense Deduction
Enterprise Zone businesses may deduct up to 40% of the cost of qualified property purchased for exclusive use in an Enterprise Zone during the first year it’s placed in service.

Net Operating Loss
Enterprise Zone businesses may elect to carry forward 100% of their net operating loss for 15 years.

Net Interest Deduction for Lenders
Lenders can earn a deduction from income on the amount of net interest earned on loans made to Enterprise Zone businesses. Businesses looking for an edge in applying for a loan should bring this credit up with your lender.

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