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PURPOSE:
Provides a financial incentive for the location or expansion of large business projects. The incentives are designed to reduce necessary infrastructure and equipment expenses if a project can demonstrate a need for funding.

AUTHORIZATION:
Sections 100.700 to 100.850, RSMo

ELIGIBLE AREAS:
Statewide.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS:

An eligible industry in manufacturing, processing, assembly, research and development , agricultural processing or services in interstate commerce must invest a minimum of $15 million; or $10 million for an office industry(regional, national or international headquarters, telecommunications operations, computer operations, insurance companies or credit card billing and processing centers) in an economic development project; and

Create a minimum of one hundred new jobs for eligible employees at the economic development project or a minimum of five hundred jobs if the economic development project is an office industry or a minimum of two hundred new jobs if the economic development project is an office industry located within a distressed community as defined in Section 135.530, RSMo.

Ineligible: Retail, health or professional services, intra-state relocations or replacement facilities.

PROGRAM BENEFITS/ELIGIBLE USES:
The bonds may be used to finance public or private infrastructure to support the project, or the new capital improvements of the business at the project location. Bond proceeds may not be used for working capital, inventory or other operating costs of the business or another entity.

This tax credit can be applied to:

  • Ch. 143 - Income tax, excluding withholding tax
  • Ch. 148 - Bank Tax, Insurance Premium Tax, Other Financial Institution Tax

This credit's special attributes

  • Refundable

FUNDING LIMITS:
The amount of bonds to be issued will be determined by The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) and the Missouri Development Finance Board (MDFB), based on the need for funding to initiate the project, and limited to the state's economic benefit. The minimum bond issue is $500,000.

APPLICATION/APPROVAL PROCEDURE:
The business must submit an application to DED and MDFB for review. Applications are due 15 business days prior to the first Monday of the month. DED and MDFB will review on a case-by-case basis.

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS:
The business must report to MDFB the number of new jobs; the total amount of salaries and wages paid to eligible employees and investment in capital improvements, semi-annually during the initial 3-year build out phase and annually for the term of the credits.

SPECIAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:
The following conditions must be met for a project to be approved.

  • Sale of Bonds: Unless otherwise approved by the board, the Applicant will be required to purchase the Bonds.
  • Cooperative Effort: The political subdivisions benefiting from the project or other local entities must commit significant local incentives relative to their economic benefit compared to the state. Such incentives may include tax abatement, discounted utility fees or others, to the extent allowed by law.
  • "But For" Test: The company may not start the project prior to MFDB approval of the application. This would include any public announcement, construction or receipt of new machinery or equipment at the project site related to the new project. DED and MDFB must determine that the program is a material factor in the company's decision to initiate the project, and this is certified by the business.
  • Positive State Economic Impact: The amount of new direct and indirect state taxes over an 8- to 15- year period, as calculated by DED, must exceed the total amount of incentives provided by the state.
  • Requirements: New full-time (35+ hours per week) jobs in a new or expanding business (not including identical jobs filled by recalled workers, replacement jobs or jobs which previously existed in the business) are considered to be "new jobs". The business or a related taxpayer cannot have employed them during the preceding twelve months. The wages for such employees must be above the average wage for the area.
  • "Clawbacks": In the event the business does not fulfill the commitments made regarding the number of new jobs or capital investment, the tax credits will be reduced proportionately. In the event the business relocates or reduces the operation below the minimum standards for new jobs or capital investment prior to the term of the bonds, the tax credits received prior to that time must be repaid in full.
  • Bond Purchase: Since the MDFB cannot guarantee the bonds, the business will likely have to purchase the bonds.

 

CONTACT

Missouri Department of Economic Development
Division of Business and Community Services
Business and Community Finance Team
301 West High Street, Room 770
P.O. Box 118
Jefferson City,   MO  65102
Phone: (573) 751-4539   Fax: (573) 522-4322
E-Mail: [email protected]

Missouri Development Finance Board
Governor Office Building
Finance Officer
200 Madison Street, Suite 1000
P.O. Box 567
Jefferson City,   MO  65102
Phone: (573) 522-4527   Fax: (573) 526-4418
E-Mail: [email protected]