Business Development Tax Credit (BTC) Program: Refundable tax credits may be provided to eligible businesses that create jobs, make capital improvements, invest in employee training, and/or locate or retain a corporate headquarters facility in Wisconsin. Credits can only be claimed in a tax year in which a company increases net employment in Wisconsin when compared to the previous tax year. This discretionary program provides the following tax credits:
Manufacturing and Agriculture Credit: This non-refundable credit is equal to 7.5% of eligible qualified production activities income and may be used to offset state income or franchise taxes. The annual tax credit reduces the company’s effective state corporate income tax rate to 0.4%. Unused credits may be carried forward for up to 15 years.
Development Opportunity Zone: Non-refundable tax credits can be earned by new and expanding businesses in the cities of Beloit, Janesville, and Kenosha through job creation, job retention, capital investment and environmental remediation.
Enterprise Zone Jobs Tax Credit: Corporate income tax credits are available for companies that create new jobs and make capital improvements at business facilities in designated enterprise zones. This discretionary program provides the following tax credits for up to 12 years:
Employee Training Programs: The state offers various training programs available for businesses relocating or expanding in Wisconsin, including a customized training program for businesses implementing new technology or production processes.
Computer equipment, machinery and equipment used in manufacturing, and manufacturing, merchant and farm inventories are exempt from property tax. Sales and use tax exemptions are available for manufacturing machinery, equipment and materials, biotechnology and manufacturing research, production fuel and electricity, as well as alternative energy used in manufacturing.
Last updated: June 2018