Business Taxes & Incentives

Gainesville-Hall County, Georgia maintains a stable business tax environment and offers attractive incentives to new and existing businesses to encourage the creation of new jobs and investment.

 Georgia Business Tax Incentives for Job Creation and Investment

  • Job Tax Credit Program Qualified businesses in Gainesville-Hall County may qualify for this credit if they create at least 25 new jobs in a calendar year. Job Tax Credits of $1,250 each year for five years for each new full time job created and maintained.  For example: $1,250 x 25 new jobs x 5 years = $156,250 in tax credits.
  • Port Job Tax Credit Bonus is a $1,250 per job bonus for businesses that already qualify for the job tax credits and have a 10% increase in Georgia Port traffic over the previous year.
  • Quality Job Tax Credits  Businesses qualify for this credit if they create a minimum of 50 new jobs that pay at least 110% of the county average (est. $20.25/hour).  Credits are per job, per year, for up to 5 years based on an increasing scale system.
  • Less Developed Census Tracts (LDCT)   Qualified businesses located within the designated LDCT’s that create at least 5 new jobs in a calendar year may qualify for increased Job Tax Credit incentives of $3,500 each year for five years for each new full time job. Credits may be applied against state corporate income or withholding tax. For example: $3,500 x 5 new jobs x 5 years = $87,500 in tax credits.
  • Retraining Tax Credits  Direct investment for employee retraining for quality and productivity enhancements and certain software technologies may qualify for credits of 50% of the employer’s direct cost of up to $500 per employee.
  • Additional credits are available for equipment, capital investments, retraining employees, childcare, and R&D.
  • Job, Investment, and Retraining Credits earned in Hall County may be used to offset up to 50% of a company’s Georgia corporate income tax liability in any taxable year following the year in which the credits are earned. Credits not used may be carried forward and applied for up to 10 years.

Georgia’s Corporate Income Tax

Georgia’s Corporate Income Tax rate of 6% has remained unchanged since 1969.  “Single Factor Gross Receipts” apportionment formula results in a substantial and permanent reduction of state income taxes for companies that manufacture products within the state of Georgia and sell those products or services to customers in other states.  This is designed to encourage manufacturing, distribution and service companies to invest or expand in Georgia.

Sales and Use Tax and Exemptions

Gainesville-Hall County and State of Georgia Sales Tax total 7%. Georgia Law provides a 100% sales and use tax exemption for qualified purchases including:

  • Manufacturing Machinery & Equipment Purchase & Repair
  • Raw Materials & Packaging
  • Energy used in Manufacturing
  • Primary Material Handling Equipment
  • Pollution Control Equipment

Effective Property Tax Rates for Gainesville-Hall County

The following rates apply to all real and personal property owned by individuals and corporations, and are specific to the taxing jurisdiction.

  • City of Gainesville: 1.275% of Fair Market Value (FMV)
  • Hall County (Unincorporated areas) : 1.0867% of FMV
  • City of Oakwood: 1.311% of FMV
  • City of Flowery Branch: 1.277% of FMV
  • City of Buford: 0.906% of FMV

Depreciation Schedule (Personal Property)

The depreciation of machinery will depend on the group that the taxpayer listed the equipment under when filing a claim with the Hall County Personal Property Assessors. The following were the percentages used for depreciation on each class for the first year of business:

  • GROUP 1: 87% Typical Economic Life of 5-7 years
  • GROUP 2: 92% Typical Economic Life of 8-12 years
  • GROUP 3: 95% Typical Economic Life of 13 years or more
  • GROUP 4: 67% Typical Economic Life of 1-4 years

Hall County Tax Return with Defined Depreciation Schedule

Multi-Shift – Accelerated Depreciation

Companies operating 85% of total available time over a 12-month period may be eligible for accelerated depreciation on equipment.

Inventory Tax Exemption (Freeport)

100% Freeport Tax Exemption (ad valorem) with annual filing for the following classes of inventory:

  • Raw materials and goods in process of manufacture
  • Finished goods held by the manufacturer
  • Finished goods destined for shipment out-of-state.

Industrial Revenue Bond (IRB) Financing

Tax exempt bond financing is available for companies seeking to finance the purchase of land, buildings and equipment for eligible manufacturing projects. Rates for tax-exempt bonds are market-based and established on the credit and strength of the individual company and projects. Tax-exempt IRB financing can be used for projects with capital investment between $1 million and $20 million.

 

If you have questions about Georgia business tax specifics, email Tim Evans or call (770) 532-6206 for more information. Additional assistance is available for qualified businesses.