Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program: Provides cash grants of up to 5% of new employee gross taxable payroll for businesses that create new jobs with wages that meet or exceed the average county wage or the state threshold wage, whichever is lower. To qualify, a company must achieve at least $2.5 million in new annual payroll within 3 years. Businesses may receive cash grants for up to 10 years.
The 21st Century Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program: To attract more high-paying jobs and expand the number of companies in advanced industries, Oklahoma offers a cash grant of up to 10% of taxable payroll to businesses that create at least 10 full-time jobs. The new jobs must have an average annual wage that is the lesser of $95,243 or 300% of the average wage of the county where the project is located. Businesses may receive cash grants for up to 10 years.
Oklahoma Quick Action Closing Fund: The governor has the discretionary authority to award grants to support economic development projects.
Insurance Premium Tax Credit: Provides a special annual tax credit (15% to 50% based on the number of full-time employees) to insurance companies that locate or expand a regional home office in Oklahoma and maintain 200+ employees.
Investment / New Jobs Income Tax Credit: Manufacturers that invest in new capital improvements or create jobs may receive a 5-year tax credit on the greater of 1% per year of investment in qualified new depreciable property or a credit of $500 for each new job created. The credit doubles to 2% of investment or $1,000 per new job if a business is located in an Enterprise Zone or if the amount of qualified investment exceeds $40 million.
Training for Industry Program (TIP): The state provides a no-cost/low-cost way for businesses that create jobs to develop a skilled workforce. The amount of job training funds varies depending on the project.
Opportunity and Enterprise Zones: Businesses locating in one of the state’s Opportunity or Enterprise Zones may be eligible for certain incentives including an enhanced Investment/New Jobs Tax Credit, ad valorem exemptions from local taxing entities for up to 6 years, and may not be subject to wage requirements for purposes of qualifying for the Quality Jobs Program.
Sales Tax Exemption Program: Machinery and equipment used directly in the manufacturing process and tangible personal property that becomes part of a finished product are exempt from sales tax.
Ad Valorem Tax Exemption: Certain new and expanding manufacturers, research and development companies, certain computer services and data processing companies with significant out-of-state sales, aircraft repair companies, oil refineries, and certain wind power generators may be eligible for ad valorem tax exemptions for up to 5 years.
Last updated: May 2016