SOUTH CAROLINA INCENTIVES

South Carolina shows an average deal value of $2.5 million with 222 new jobs created per deal

JOB DEVELOPMENT CREDITS

A Job Development Credit (JDC) is a discretionary, performance-based incentive that rebates a portion of new employees' withholding taxes that can be used to address the specific needs of individual companies. JDCs are approved on a case-by-case basis by the S.C. Coordinating Council for Economic Development. To qualify, a company must meet certain business requirements and the amount a company receives depends on the company's pay structure and location.

Incentive may be realized for up to 10 years. Annual benefit is capped at $3,250 per employee.

JOBS TAX CREDIT (JTC)

The Job Tax Credit (JTC) is a statutory incentive offered to companies, both existing and new, that create new jobs in the state. The credit is available to companies that establish or expand corporate headquarters, manufacturing, distribution, processing, qualified service-related, research and development facilities. This credit is extremely beneficial for companies, because it is a credit against corporate income taxes, which can eliminate 50% of a company's liability.

Credit value is based on the county tier level and rages between $1,500 and $1,800 per job. Credits are available annually each year for 5 years beginning the year following the initial job creation.

CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS CREDIT

In an effort to offset the cost associated with relocating or expanding a corporate headquarters facility, South Carolina provides a generous 20% credit based on the cost of the actual portion of the facility dedicated to the headquarters operation or direct lease costs for the first five years of operation. The credit can be applied against either corporate income tax or the license fee. These credits are not limited in their ability to eliminate corporate income taxes and can potentially eliminate corporate income taxes for as long as 10 years from the year earned. Eligibility for this credit is determined by meeting a number of specific criteria.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TAX CREDIT

In order to reward companies for increasing research and development activities in a taxable year, South Carolina offers a credit equal to 5% of the taxpayer’s qualified research expenses in the state. The term “qualified research expenses” is defined in Section 41 of the Internal Revenue Code. The credit taken in any one taxable year may not exceed 50% of the company’s remaining tax liability after all other credits have been applied. Any unused portion of the credit can be carried forward for 10 years from the date of the qualified expenditure.

ECONOMIC IMPACT ZONE INVESTMENT CREDIT

South Carolina allows manufacturers locating in Economic Impact Zone (EIZ) counties a one-time credit against a company’s corporate income tax of up to 5% of a company’s investment in new production equipment. The actual value of the credit depends on the applicable recovery period for property under the Internal Revenue Code.

OTHER SOUTH CAROLINA INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

  • State Economic Development Grant
  • Five (5) Year Property Tax Abatemtn
  • Fee-in-Lieu of Property Taxes (FILOT)
  • ready SC Workforce Training
  • Economic Development Set-Aside Program
  • Rural Infrastructure Fund
  • Tourism Infrastructure Development Grant
  • Single Sales Factor Apportionment
  • Port Volume Increase Credit
  • Investment Tax Credit
  • Sales Tax Exemptions
  • Credit for Revitalization of Abandoned Buildings
  • Enterprise Zone Retraining Program
  • Pre-Job Training Program
  • Coordinating Council for Economic Development