September 13, 2023

Gov. Andy Beshear urged the owners of Kentucky’s small businesses, which help drive the state’s job growth and innovation, to apply for a tax credit of up to $25,000.

Qualifying small businesses should apply now to ensure the best chance of approval in time for this year’s tax filings and receive the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit. Tax credits are available to eligible companies that added at least one net new full-time employee and invested $5,000 or more in qualifying equipment or technology within the past 24 months.

Qualifying small businesses may be eligible to receive a state income tax credit ranging from $3,500 to $25,000 per year. The tax credit amount depends on the number of jobs created and invested in new equipment or technology. Most for-profit businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees will qualify, including construction, manufacturing, retail, service and wholesale companies.

In 2022, the program incentivized the creation of 402 private-sector jobs and over $3.56 million in investments by 138 small businesses. Each participating company hired approximately three people on average and received almost $10,000 in tax savings. Since its inception, the program has assisted in creating over 3,900 jobs and $40 million in new investments.

The Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit is a signature program offered through KY Innovation, the cabinet’s office that encourages growth among Kentucky’s small businesses and entrepreneurs. Other KY Innovation resources include programs providing access to credit, mentoring and advocacy. Entrepreneurs and small businesses are encouraged to connect with the multiple resources available at the six regional KY Innovation hub offices statewide.

Wondering if you qualify? Reach out to Ashmore Consulting to learn about the tax credits and incentives available to your business.



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