Assemblymember McCarty Highlights $1,355,000 in Tax Credits Awarded to Local Businesses

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Over $50 Million Awarded Statewide

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) announced that a combined total of $1,355,000 in tax credits was awarded to Blue Iron Inc., California Safe Soil LLC, and Melcon Inc., located in West Sacramento and Sacramento.  With the support of these tax credits, these companies combined have added 86 additional full time employees in Assembly District 7 through the California Competes Tax Credit program.

“California Competes helps local businesses grow by holding them accountable for reaching milestones after achieving their tax credit award,” said Assemblymember McCarty.  “In turn, it means another source of revenue to instill new employees and equipment to make upgrades to the company they otherwise may not have been able to budget for.”

The California Competes program was created by state legislation from 2013 that shifted $750 million previously slated for California’s Enterprise Zones into a new program designed to ensure the creation of new jobs by encouraging businesses to locate or expand in California.  Under the former system, existing jobs were most often merely relocated from one area to another.

In addition to the tax credits for job creation, the new program offers sales tax relief on the purchase of research and development equipment for life sciences and manufacturing equipment.  The amount of credits available will increase each year until 2018. Twenty-five percent of the credits are reserved for small businesses.

Businesses interested in the program can apply through the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz), who then negotiates the credit before it is approved by a California Competes Committee, consisting of the State Treasurer, the Director of the Department of Finance, the Director of Go-Biz, and one appointee each by the Speaker of the Assembly and Senate Committee on Rules. 

Over $20 million in tax credits were awarded to California businesses in the 2013-14 fiscal year and almost $150 million was awarded in the 2014-15 fiscal year.

CONTACT: Bryan C. Singh, (916) 319-2007