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Which states have the most liberal solar incentives?
California offers generous incentives to residential-, commercial- and utility-scale projects throughout the state that include rebates and tax incentives. New Jersey offers Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs), which are publicly traded financial instruments that represent the environmental benefits of solar (as opposed to the actual energy). More
- Joe Langan, President and CEO, Langan Energy Solutions
Can you provide some background on the EPAct? And, is there a resource for information on tax savings for energy-efficiency measures?
In 2005, Section 179D of the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) was established. It is a tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot for qualifying structures. More
- Julio Gonzalez, Engineered Tax Services
If a business needs to move fast on closing a deal on a property and can't wait to apply for certain incentives before the transaction/project is completed, are there any states that will allow to apply for certain tax incentives after the fact, e.g. Grace period of 90 days?
In my experience I have not ever found a jurisdiction that would allow for a post-project property tax exemption as it relates to job creation. More
- Joseph Calvanico, National Director for Property Tax and Valuation Services, Crowe Horwath
Are any states initiating new or expanded incentive programs? If so, which ones?
Many states have been aggressive. More
- Dan Megathlin, Director, Crowe Horwath
How is state-level budget uncertainty regarding taxes affecting site selection?
Site selection by businesses looking to relocate or start a new operation has been impacted by those states that have higher tax burdens as compared to their competitors. More
- Dan Megathlin, Director, Crowe Horwath
When can incentive offers outweigh an undesirable tax climate?
On the simplest level, an incentive outweighs an undesirable tax climate when it negates the unfavorable tax. More
- Michael McDermott, Associate, Strategic Consulting Group, Grubb & Ellis
How is uncertainty in federal and state taxes affecting companies' site selection priorities?
At the state level, large budget deficits have become the worst-kept secret. More
- Michael McDermott, Associate, Strategic Consulting Group, Grubb & Ellis
What taxes and/or incentives should U.S. companies be aware of that apply solely to moving some operations overseas?
There are many tax considerations associated with the establishment of a new project and with ongoing operations overseas (both in the U.S. on the parent company and in the host country). More
- Matt Highfield, Senior Vice President, Strategic Consulting, Jones Lang LaSalle
Do clusters offer any special incentives to relocating businesses?
Most industry-targeted incentive programs act implicitly to encourage cluster formation. More
How do you see this shift affecting company site selection factors such as incentives, transportation, labor, etc.?
Incentives only make a good deal better, so even with the CFO ascending in importance, factors such as work force and location still drive decisions. More
- Christopher D. Lloyd, Senior Vice President and Director, Infrastructure and Economic Development, McGuireWoods Consulting
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