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Georgia Revamps Quality Jobs Tax Credit Program

Georgia Revamps Quality Jobs Tax Credit Program

With the enactment of House Bill 265, the State of Georgia has passed two significant changes to its Quality Jobs Tax Credit program, effective with tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2017. These changes are: Increasing the hiring period for meeting the job increase threshold, and Implementing a new investment requirement in order to be eligible for subsequent job creation periods. Prior to HB 265, Georgia law required that a taxpayer must create at least 50 new quality jobs within one year of when the employer first began withholding taxes in Georgia in order to be eligible for the Quality Jobs Tax Credit.1 Effective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2017, a taxpayer will now have two years in order to meet the 50 quality jobs requirement if the taxpayer first withholds taxes in Georgia after January 1, 2017. HB 265 also enacted a new investment requirement in order for taxpayers to be eligible for the extended two year job creation periods. Effective for...

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