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LOUISIANA INCENTIVES SNAPSHOT

Economic Incentives for Businesses of All Sizes

Program Name
Benefit
Eligibility (not comprehensive)

Enterprise Zone

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Tax credit program: provides a one-time $2,500 tax credit per certified net new job, and either a 4% sales/use tax
rebate on capital expenditures or an investment tax credit equal to 1.5% of qualifying expenses
• Must increase employment within specified time frame
• Must hire 35% of new workers from one of four targeted groups

Quality Jobs

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Cash rebate: provides 5% or 6% rebate on annual payroll
expenses for up to 10 years, and either a 4% sales/use tax rebate on capital expenditures or an investment tax credit
equal to 1.5% of qualifying expenses
• Must fall within one of the state’s target industries or
• Have total annual out-of-state sales of at least 50% 

Restoration Tax Abatement

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Property tax abatement: provides five-year 100%
abatement for the rehabilitation of an existing structure
based on assessed valuation of property prior to
beginning of improvements
• Must be located in a qualifying district and approved by
local governing authority
• Does not exempt the acquisition cost of the structure

Industrial Tax Exemption

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Property tax abatement: provides a 100% property tax
abatement for up to 10 years on manufacturer’s qualifying
capital investments
• Applies only to capital investments by Louisiana manufacturers
• Property must remain on the site at all times

Research & Development Tax Credit

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Tax credit program: provides up to a 40% tax credit
for Louisiana businesses (based on employment)
that conduct research and development activities in Louisiana
• Must have incurred federal research and development
expenses and/or received SBIR/STTR grant(s)

Sound Recording Investor Tax Credit

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Tax credit program: provides a 25% refundable tax
credit on qualified expenditures for sound recording
productions
• Must spend at least $15,000 in Louisiana
Digital Media Incentive
Tax credit program: provides a 25% tax credit on
qualified production expenditures and a 35% tax credit
for Louisiana resident labor expenditures
• Must be a digital interactive media production in Louisiana
• Excludes largely static Internet sites and products regulated
under the Louisiana Gaming Control Law
Motion Picture Investor Tax Credit Tax credit program: provides a tax credit of 30% on
qualified production expenditures and an additional 5%
tax credit for Louisiana resident labor expenditures 
• Must spend at least $300,000 on motion picture production
in Louisiana
Live Performance Tax Credit
Tax credit program: provides a tax credit of up to 25%
on qualified production or infrastructure development
expenditures; additional credits available for payroll and
transportation expenditures
• Must spend at least $100,000 on live performance
production or infrastructure projects in Louisiana
Louisiana FastStart
Workforce development program: provides workforce
recruitment, screening and training to new and
expanding Louisiana companies at no cost
• Any manufacturing, digital media, corporate headquarters,
warehouse and distribution, research and development or other
strategic facility must commit to creating at least 15 jobs
• Service providers must commit to creating at least 50 jobs

Economic Development Award Program

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Loan/grant program: provides funding for publicly
owned infrastructure in support of business
development projects 
• Must be a public or quasi-public state entity requesting
a minimum of $50,000
• Must create or retain at least 10 permanent jobs in Louisiana

Technology Commercialization Credit and Jobs Program

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Tax credit program: provides 40% refundable tax credit
on costs related to the commercialization of Louisiana
technology and a 6% payroll rebate for the creation of
new direct jobs
• Must commercialize a technology developed in Louisiana
• Must partner with a Louisiana higher education institute or
be a governmental research institution

Modernization Tax Credit

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Tax credit program: Provides a 5% refundable state tax credit for manufacturers modernizing or upgrading existing
facilities in Louisiana
• Must improve entire facility’s or specific unit’s efficiency
by 10% or more or
• Facility must be in competition for capital expenditures within
a company’s established capital expenditure budget plan
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