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Go Biz Pushing New Credit

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 | Enterprise Zones, Legislation, Tax News


Go Biz is touting the benefits of the Governor’s proposed new tax breaks.  Here is a bit of detail about how the new credit will affect the current EZ:

“The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development today issued an informational briefing today “NEW TOOLS FOR A NEW ECONOMY” on the Governor’s newly proposed business incentives. The incentives, part of Governor Brown’s revised May Budget, include a sales and use tax exemption for manufacturing equipment and biotech R&D, a long-term unemployed tax credit for areas of high unemployment and poverty, and a recruitment and retention incentive to attract new companies to California and expand existing companies.  Also included is a side by side comparison of the proposed program compared to current enterprise zone incentives. GO-Biz Deputy Director for Business Investment Services Leslie McBride pointed to the wider application of the proposed incentives as an overall benefit.

“Two of the three incentives are statewide,” said McBride, “meaning all of California gets to be an Enterprise Zone.”

The new programs would redirect roughly $750 million annually from the inefficient Enterprise Zone program to statewide business incentive programs. While exact details are still being developed and are subject to legislative approval, all three programs are proposed to start in the first quarter of 2014. Current earned Enterprise Zone credits would stay in place for 5 years. Additional state economic incentives such as the Employment Training Panel, the Research and Development tax credit will continue to be available to businesses – even in combination with the new incentives.

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.

Forbes Ranks California 41st On Its Annual List Of Best States To Do Business

Thursday, December 20th, 2012 | Enterprise Zones, Legislation, Tax News


I guess it could be worse.  Forbes ranked California as the 41st worst state to do business in.  An unfavorable tax structure tops the list of why California ranks so low. Here is the study.

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.


Friday, November 16th, 2012 | Enterprise Zones, Tax News


This posted yesterday in the San Francisco Sentinel.

Allows San Francisco Businesses to Access Valuable Hiring Tax Credits Through Simple Web-Based Tool; Advances Mayor’s Jobs Plan Goal of Using Technology to Make the City Easier Navigate for Business

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the launch of the San Francisco Enterprise Zone Web App, a web-based tool that allows San Francisco businesses to apply online for the City’s popular Enterprise Zone hiring tax credit program. The Enterprise Zone Web App will replace a completely paper-based process with a web based tool which increases government efficiency and makes it easier for businesses to utilize the program.

“I am committed to making it easier for local businesses to operate and grow jobs in San Francisco,” said Mayor Lee. “The Enterprise Zone Web App takes a powerful tax incentive program and brings it online so small businesses, manufacturers and other firms can save time while they save money.”

“At SFMade we make sure that all of our manufacturers are aware of the Enterprise Zone hiring tax credits and the potential savings it offers,” said SFMade Executive Director Kate Sofis. “My staff works closely with small business owners with limited resources. Having the Enterprise Zone Web App instead of a paper process will make a big difference in terms of administrative costs, time and use of this important tax credit.”

“The Enterprise Zone hiring tax credit is really important to our company,” said Marissa Andres, Controller at Mackenzie Warehouse, an auto parts distributor located in Potrero Hill. “The savings we earn in tax credits are used for hiring and retaining employees. The online tool is simple and straight-forward and saves me valuable time.”

The Enterprise Zone is a State of California program which provides tax credits and other incentives to encourage business investment and promote the creation of new jobs. In place since 1997, the San Francisco Enterprise Zone is one of 42 Enterprise Zones in the state and is administered locally by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD). The San Francisco Enterprise Zone areas include the following areas: Bay View Hunters Point/ South Bayshore; Chinatown; the Mission; Mission Bay Project Area; Potrero Hill; south of Market; the Tenderloin; and the Western Addition and some portions of North Beach and Financial District.

The tool was developed using Firmstep’s AchieveForms software. The switch to an on-line app will not only decrease costs in paper and postage, but will also speed up the processing time getting businesses approved for tax credits more quickly and efficiently.

The San Francisco Enterprise Zone Web App can be found at http://sfezapp.oewd.org For more information on the San Francisco Enterprise Zone Program, go to: http://www.oewd.org/Enterprise-Zone.aspx For more information from the State on the Enterprise Zones Program, go to: www.hcd.ca.gov/fa/ez/ <http://www.hcd.ca.gov/fa/ez/>

Democrats Gain Supermajority in Both Legislative Houses

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 | Enterprise Zones, Legislation, Tax News


The Sacramento Bee is reporting that the Democrats have gained a two thirds majority in both legislative houses.  Consequently, they can raise taxes without any Republican opposition.  What this means for the EZs is yet to be seen.  There are some bright spots.  First, many Democratic legislators have EZs in their districts and they have come out in favor of continuing the program.  Second, given that Prop 30 passed, it is yet to be seen how aggressively the democrats will pursue further tax hikes, particularly employment related credits, in a still sensitive economy.  Stay tuned….

Amid Tough Business Climate, California Entrepreneurs Flourish In Part Becuase Of The Enterprise Zone

Thursday, April 5th, 2012 | Enterprise Zones, Tax News


An article in Fox Business lists all the reasons NOT to do business in California.  Yet despite all the negatives, entrepeneurs seem to flourish in the state.    One of the bright spots is undoubtedly the Enterprise Zone tax credits. “Other business ventures that benefit California’s populace may be eligible for numerous tax credits, including enterprise zone credits, economic development area credits and targeted tax area credits.”

Read the full article.

Court of Appeal Affirms FTB’s Position Re Sales or Use Tax Credit for Current Expense Assets

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 | Enterprise Zones, Legislation, Tax News


The Second District Court of Appeals today ruled that the enterprise zone sales and use tax credit of Revenue and Taxation Code Sec. 23612.2 is not available in connection with the purchase of current expense assets, but rather only with the purchase of capital assets.  Read the full opinion.

Dicon Case Set For Oral Argument

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 | Enterprise Zones, Legislation, Tax News


The California Supreme Court has scheduled oral argument in the Dicon case for Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in San Francisco.

Brown’s Budget Claims It Will Reform Enterprise Zone Program

Thursday, January 5th, 2012 | Enterprise Zones, Legislation, Tax News


Brown’s budget released today only hints at future reform measures to the Enterprise Zone program.  Perhaps after getting rid of RDAs, the unions are a bit gunshy about outwardly attempting getting rid of another vehicle that has anything to do with jobs while the economy struggles.  Here is what the budget said about Enterprise Zones:

“The resulting stability from a balanced budget will give businesses the certainty and the reassurance they need to invest in California. In addition, the Administration will propose legislation to reform the enterprise zone program and move to a mandatory single sales factor for apportioning multistate business income. Such changes will allow the state to afford investments in manufacturing, business incentives, and other tax relief.”

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