Minnesota: The Sunset of JOBZ
- Sales Tax News
- Sep 29, 2015 | Gail Cole
The Minnesota Job Opportunity Building Zones (JOBZ) program uses tax exemptions and tax credits to promote development in certain areas of the state. Qualifying businesses located within JOBZ are eligible for exemptions from sales, income and property taxes.
Eligible businesses are those that “startup or expand in a zone or relocate from other states or from elsewhere in Minnesota,” provided they meet certain job and wage goals. JOBZ was not created top promote retailers located in the zone. Additional information.
The end of JOBZ
Under M.S. 469.312, the maximum duration of a zone is 12 years. As a result, the JOBZ program concludes for most qualifying businesses effective December 31, 2015: “Most businesses will no longer be eligible to receive benefits through the JOBZ program after the 2015 tax season.” Businesses wishing to purchase qualifying items exempt from sales tax should make those purchases prior to the end of the year.
For more information, see the JOBZ Fact Sheet.
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