Enterprise Zone

Overview

The Enterprise Zone, or EZ program is a jobs incentive program that provides Louisiana income and franchise tax credits to a new or existing business located in Louisiana creating permanent net new full-time jobs, and hiring at least 50% of those net new jobs from one of four targeted groups. The benefit provides:

  • Either a one-time $3,500 or $1,000 tax credit for each net new job created.
  • A 4% rebate of sales and use taxes paid on qualifying materials, machinery, furniture, and/or equipment purchased or a 1.5% refundable investment tax credit on the total capital investment, excluding tax exempted items. The 4% or 1.5% rebate shall not exceed $100,000 per net new job.

Eligibility

This incentive program is open to Louisiana businesses (new or existing) that will:

  • Create a minimum of five permanent net new full-time jobs within 24 months of their project start date or increase their current nationwide workforce by 10% within the first 12 months.
  • Hire 50% of the net new jobs created from one or more of the certification requirements from these targeted groups:
    1. Residents: someone living in Enterprise Zone within the state.
    2. People receiving an approved form of public assistance.
    3. People lacking basic skills. A person performing below a ninth grade proficiency in reading, writing or mathematics.
    4. People unemployable by traditional standards.

The following employers or persons shall not be eligible to participate in the program:

  • Employers engaged in the gaming industry or residential developments
  • Churches
  • Retail employers assigned NAICS Code Sections 44 and 45
  • Employers assigned NAICS Code Sections 721, 722, and 5613

Program Statutes & Rules:

All incentive program rules are in the Louisiana Administrative Code maintained by the Office of the State Register.

How to Apply

Getting started is a click away. Submit your advance notification and pay online before you start construction, hire, and/or make purchases towards the project’s capital investment.

You may submit your advance, application and fees online using FastLane. If you have appointed a representative other than a company official as your contact designee, a Disclosure Authorization is required.

View fees associated with this incentive.

This program is administered by Louisiana Economic Development through the Board of Commerce & Industry.

For information regarding Enterprise Zone rules, contact the program administrator:

Joyce Metoyer
Program Administrator
225.342.0485
joyce.metoyer@la.gov