Port Tax Credit Bonus

The port tax credit bonus rewards new or expanding Georgia companies that increase imports or exports through a Georgia port by at least 10 percent over the previous or base year.

To be eligible for the port tax credit bonus:

  • Companies must first meet the requirements of either the job tax credit or investment tax credit programs.
  • Base year port traffic must be at least 75 net tons; or five containers; or 10 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units). If base year traffic is lower, then these minimums automatically become the base upon which traffic increases are calculated.

The port tax credit bonus is calculated as follows according to which program it is used with:

Job Tax Credit: An addition of $1,250 (per job) to the job tax credit, which can be taken for five years to reduce or eliminate Georgia corporate income tax liability; or

Investment Tax Credit: An adjustment in the calculation of the investment tax credit, so that the credit amount is based on the equivalent of a Tier 1 location. (5% of the qualified investment expenses or 8% for recycling, pollution control and defense conversion.)

The port tax credit bonus may offset up to 50 percent of the company’s corporate income tax liability. Unused credits may be carried forward for 10 years – but the increase in port traffic must remain above the qualifying threshold, and the company must continue to meet the requirements for either the Job Tax Credit or the Investment Tax Credit.

Note: The port tax credit bonus cannot be used with Georgia’s quality jobs tax credit program.

Category: State Incentives, Tax Credits

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