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:

  • Job Creation: Up to 15% of annual wages paid to eligible employees earning at least 150% of federal minimum wage  (10% base credit is increased to 15% if business is located in an economically distressed area)
  • Job Training: Up to 50% of eligible training costs
  • Capital Investment: Up to 3% of capital investment in business personal property; up to 5% of eligible capital investment in real property
  • Corporate Headquarters: Up to 10% of annual wages of positions created or retained at corporate headquarters facility

The BTC replaces the Economic Development Tax Credit and Job Tax Credit programs.

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.  Unused credits may be carried forward for up to 15 years.  


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.


Business Opportunity Loan Fund (BOLF): Discretionary program provides assistance to businesses that create and/or retain jobs. The funds may be used for construction and expansion; working capital; acquisition of existing businesses, land, buildings, and equipment. Companies that create and/or retain a significant number of jobs may be eligible for loan forgiveness.


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: April 2016



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