Jackson County is located in a Governor-designated Rural Area of Opportunity. To enhance job growth and business expansion in these rural counties, the state and local governments provide incentives to attract new and higher wage employment opportunities in creative ways. In addition, the County has Federal New Market Tax Credit zones where special financial benefits are available to help fund new businesses locating within Jackson County. The County is a member of Florida’s Great Northwest, a 13-county economic development coalition and is also a member of the regional group of ten rural Florida counties known as Opportunity Florida.
State/County Taxes: The State of Florida and Jackson County offer liberal tax rates. There is no state income tax; the corporate income tax rate is 5.5%; retail sales tax is 7.5%; gasoline tax is $0.07 per gallon; intangible tax is 1.5 mills per dollar. The 2016 real estate tax millage for all three sites was 13.6113 mills for properties located in the county jurisdiction area. The same millage is used for “tangible personal property” (equipment) in the county jurisdiction area.
Land pricing in the County is historically below many other markets. Possible land parcels may be granted to a new or expanding employer who commits to a high number of new jobs at above-average wages with a large capital investment in the expansion or relocation project.
Ad Valorem / Property Tax Rebates may be granted by Jackson County and City of Marianna on the general revenue portion and for both real estate and personal property, at the discretion of each of those governing boards, based upon the economic impact that the proposed new business will have on the community and region.
Specialized Training Grants may be obtained through the local workforce board (CareerSource Chipola) for certain wage levels, number of new jobs created, and the project’s capital investment. Training may be customized and done on-site, at the local community college, or vocational-technical center.
The Rural Job Tax Credit Program offers an incentive for eligible businesses located within one of 36 designated Qualified Rural Areas to create new jobs. The tax credit ranges from $1,000 to $1,500 per qualified employee and can be taken against either the Florida Corporate Income Tax or the Florida Sales and Use Tax. (FL Statute section 212.098)
The Natural Gas Energy Sales Tax Benefit provides for a sales tax exemption (6%) on natural gas energy used in the manufacturing and production of certain tangible personal property of certain SIC codes [FL Statute 212.08(7)(ff)2]. This is based on average minimum amount of gross purchase amount per month, figured for up to a 10-year period
Florida ranked #4 in the nation and #1 in the Southeast for the most competitive business tax system by Tax Foundation (2016).
Florida has the 7th largest economy and is 3rd in the nation in economic growth – US News and World Report (2017)
Florida is the 3rd most populated state (larger Congressional base) – US Census 2015
Florida ranks #2 in the nation of Best State for Business on a wide range of criteria from taxation and regulation to workforce quality and living environment – Chief Executive (2017)
Florida is 4th in the nation in Job Growth and #1 in Entrepreneurship - US News and World Report (2017)
Florida earned another Silver Shovel Award in 2017 from Area Development magazine for states with a population of over 15 million.