2010 Georgia Code
TITLE 48 - REVENUE AND TAXATION
CHAPTER 7 - INCOME TAXES
ARTICLE 2 - IMPOSITION, RATE, AND COMPUTATION; EXEMPTIONS
§ 48-7-40.17 - Establishing or relocating headquarters; tax credit

O.C.G.A. 48-7-40.17 (2010)
48-7-40.17. Establishing or relocating headquarters; tax credit


(a) As used in this Code section, the term:

(1) "Average wage" means the average wage of the county in which a new quality job is located as reported in the most recently available annual issue of the Georgia Employment and Wages Averages Report of the Department of Labor.

(2) "New quality job" means employment for an individual which:

(A) Is located in this state;

(B) Has a regular work week of 30 hours or more;

(C) Is not a job that is or was already located in Georgia regardless of which taxpayer the individual performed services for;

(D) Pays at or above 110 percent of the average wage of the county in which it is located; and

(E) Has no predetermined end date.

(b) A taxpayer establishing new quality jobs in this state or relocating quality jobs into this state which elects not to receive the tax credits provided for by Code Sections 48-7-40, 48-7-40.1, 48-7-40.2, 48-7-40.3, 48-7-40.4, 48-7-40.7, 48-7-40.8, and 48-7-40.9 for such jobs and investments created by, arising from, related to, or connected in any way with the same project and, within one year of the first date on which the taxpayer pursuant to the provisions of Code Section 48-7-101 withholds wages for employees in this state and employs at least 50 persons in new quality jobs in this state, shall be allowed a credit for taxes imposed under this article:

(1) Equal to $2,500.00 annually per eligible new quality job where the job pays 110 percent or more but less than 120 percent of the average wage of the county in which the new quality job is located;

(2) Equal to $3,000.00 annually per eligible new quality job where the job pays 120 percent or more but less than 150 percent of the average wage of the county in which the new quality job is located;

(3) Equal to $4,000.00 annually per eligible new quality job where the job pays 150 percent or more but less than 175 percent of the average wage of the county in which the new quality job is located;

(4) Equal to $4,500.00 annually per eligible new quality job where the job pays 175 percent or more but less than 200 percent of the average wage of the county in which the new quality job is located; and

(5) Equal to $5,000.00 annually per eligible new quality job where the job pays 200 percent or more of the average wage of the county in which the new quality job is located;

provided, however, that where the amount of such credit exceeds a taxpayer's liability for such taxes in a taxable year, the excess may be taken as a credit against such taxpayer's quarterly or monthly payment under Code Section 48-7-103 but not to exceed in any one taxable year the credit amounts in paragraphs (1) through (5) of this subsection for each new quality job when aggregated with the credit applied against taxes under this article. Each employee whose employer receives credit against such taxpayer's quarterly or monthly payment under Code Section 48-7-103 shall receive a credit against his or her income tax liability under Code Section 48-7-20 for the corresponding taxable year for the full amount which would be credited against such liability prior to the application of the credit provided for in this subsection. Credits against quarterly or monthly payments under Code Section 48-7-103 and credits against liability under Code Section 48-7-20 established by this subsection shall not constitute income to the taxpayer. For each new quality job created, the credit established by this subsection may be taken for the first taxable year in which the new quality job is created and for the four immediately succeeding taxable years; provided, however, that such new quality jobs must be created within seven years from the close of the taxable year in which the taxpayer first becomes eligible for such credit. Credit shall not be allowed during a year if the net employment increase falls below the 50 new quality jobs required. Any credit received for years prior to the year in which the net employment increase falls below the 50 new quality jobs required shall not be affected except as provided in subsection (f) of this Code section. The commissioner shall adjust the credit allowed each year for net new employment fluctuations above the 50 new quality jobs required.

(c) The number of new quality jobs to which this Code section shall be applicable shall be determined by comparing the monthly average of new quality jobs subject to Georgia income tax withholding for the taxable year with the corresponding average for the prior taxable year.

(d) Any credit claimed under this Code section but not used in any taxable year may be carried forward for ten years from the close of the taxable year in which the new quality jobs were established.

(e) Notwithstanding Code Section 48-2-35, any tax credit claimed under this Code section shall be claimed within one year of the earlier of the date the original return was filed or the date such return was due as prescribed in subsection (a) of Code Section 48-7-56, including any approved extensions.

(f) If the taxpayer has failed to maintain a new quality job in a taxable year, the taxpayer shall forfeit the right to the credit claimed for such job in that year. For each year such new quality job is not maintained, a taxpayer that forfeits such right is therefore liable for all past taxes imposed by this article for that taxable year and all past payments under Code Section 48-7-103 for that taxable year that were foregone by the state as a result of the credits provided by this Code section; provided, however, that Code Section 48-2-40 shall not apply to any such forfeiture.

(g) Taxpayers that initially claimed the credit under this Code section for any taxable year beginning before January 1, 2009, shall be governed, for purposes of all such credits claimed as well as any credits claimed in subsequent taxable years related to such initial claim, by this Code section as it was in effect for the taxable year in which the taxpayer made such initial claim.

(h) The commissioner shall promulgate any rules and regulations necessary to implement and administer this Code section.

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