Tax Credits

Tax credits give Georgia businesses the opportunity to minimize or even eliminate state corporate income tax. They apply to all qualifying companies – large, small and in between – rooted in Georgia or new to the state.

Typically, tax credits apply to 50 percent of a company’s annual state corporate income tax liability. In some cases, they can offset up to 100 percent, with any excess credits applied to state payroll withholding liability.

These state tax credits may be combined with tax exemptions and local government incentives.
Learn about tax exemptions ▶

Here are the primary tax credits Georgia extends to new and existing companies:

Job Tax Credit
Businesses in Georgia’s strategic industries can earn as much as $4,000 in annual tax savings for each new job created, for up to five years. The exact value of the job credits depends on two factors – how many jobs are created, and where.
Read more about Job Tax Credit ▶

Quality Jobs Tax Credit
Companies that create at least 50 jobs in a 24-month period – at wages that are at least 10 percent higher than the county average – may qualify for a tax credit of $2,500 to $5,000 per job. 
Read more about Quality Jobs Tax Credit ▶

Port Tax Credit Bonus

Georgia companies that increase imports or exports through a Georgia port by at least 10 percent may qualify for either a $1,250 bonus added to the job tax credit or an adjustment to the investment tax credit.
Read more about Port Tax Credit Bonus ▶

Work Opportunity Tax Credit
Georgia’s Department of Labor administers a federal tax credit to Georgia companies that hire individuals who have faced barriers to employment. The tax credit ranges from $1,200 to $9,000 per hire.
Read more about Work Opportunity Tax Credit ▶

Mega Project Tax Credit
Businesses that employ at least 1,800 “net new” employees and have either a minimum annual payroll of $150 million or make a minimum $450 million investment in Georgia may qualify for the mega project tax credit.
Read more about Mega Project Tax Credit ▶

Investment Tax Credit
Companies in manufacturing or telecommunications support that have operated in Georgia for at least three years are eligible to earn investment tax credits of 1 percent to 8 percent of qualified capital investments of $50,000 or more.
Read more about Investment Tax Credit ▶

Research And Development Tax Credit
Companies that spend more on qualified research in Georgia may qualify for an R&D tax credit equal to a percentage of that spending increase.
Read more about Research and Development Tax Credit ▶

Retraining Tax Credit
Georgia businesses may offset their investment in retraining employees to use new equipment or learn new skills through a retraining tax credit. The credit equals 50 percent of direct training expenses, up to $500 credit per full-time employee, per training program.
Read more about Retraining Tax Credit ▶

Film, Television And Digital Entertainment Tax Credit
Film and television companies may receive a tax credit of up to 30 percent of money spent on production and post-production in Georgia, either in a single production or on multiple projects. Minimum spending amount is $500,000.
Read more about Film, Television and Digital Entertainment Tax Credit ▶ 

Musical Tax Credit
Beginning January 1, 2018, eligible production companies who meet the applicable spending threshold may receive a tax credit of up to twenty percent on qualified production expenditures on eligible musical or theatrical performances or recorded musical performances. Minimum spend is $500,000 for musical or theatrical performances, $250,000 for synchronized recorded musical performance, and $100,000 for any other recorded musical performance.
Read more about Musical Tax Credit ▶



The process to elect to use the withholding benefit is:

  1. Notice of Intent: The company files Georgia DOR Form IT-WH.
    • For Mega Projects, filing must happen at least 30 days BEFORE either the due date of the Georgia income tax return (including extensions) or filing the income tax return, whichever occurs first.
    • For all other projects, filing must happen at least 30 days AFTER either the due date of the Georgia income tax return (including extensions) or filing the income tax return, whichever occurs first.
  2. Review Period. Once the Georgia DOR receives the company’s income tax return, it has 120 days to review the credit and determine the amount eligible to be used against Georgia payroll withholding tax.
  3. Letter of Eligibility. Once the review is completed, Georgia DOR will send a letter to the company stating the tax credit amount that may be applied against withholding and when the company may begin to claim the tax credit against withholding tax.

Contact GDEcD

To get help expanding or relocating a business in Georgia, contact the Georgia Department of Economic Development or call 404.962.4000.

To get help with specific tax questions for a business in Georgia, contact the Georgia Department of Revenue.

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