Compelling Incentive Programs

Georgia counties have a variety of state incentives available for businesses. Special provisions to these incentives are available to Coffee County, as it is a Tier 1 county. These incentives include tax credits, discretionary programs, sales and use tax exemptions, and job credits.

Local Incentives

For a list of local incentives click below.

Douglas-Coffee County Local Incentives

Tax Credits

Tax credits lessen corporate income tax for qualifying companies across the state.

Investment Tax Credit

Companies in manufacturing or telecommunications support that have operated in Georgia for at least three years are eligible to earn investment tax credits for upgrades or expansions. Credit earned amounts to 1 percent to 8 percent of qualified capital investments of $50,000 or more.

Job Tax Credits

New and expanding companies may earn Job Tax Credits for creating new jobs. As a Tier 1 county, Coffee County businesses can earn $4,000 in annual tax savings per job for up to five years. These credits are available in seven strategic sectors: manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, warehousing and distribution, research and development, processing, and tourism.

Mega Project Tax Credit

Businesses that employ at least 1,800 “net new” employees and have either a minimum annual payroll of $150 million or make a minimum $450 million investment in Georgia qualify for the mega project tax credit.

Port Tax Credit Bonus

Georgia companies that increase imports or exports through a Georgia port by at least 10 percent can qualify for a bonus tax credit. Two options are offered: an addition of $1,250 to the job tax credit or an adjustment in the investment tax credit.

Quality Jobs Tax Credits

The Quality Jobs Tax Credit provides a job tax credit for jobs that pay higher-than-average wages. To be eligible, businesses must create at least 50 jobs in a 12-month period that pay wages at least 10 percent higher than the county average.

Research and Development Tax Credit

Companies that increase qualified research spending may qualify for an R&D tax credit equal to a portion of that spending increase.

Retraining Tax Credit

Georgia businesses may offset their investment in retraining employees to use new equipment or learn new skills through a retraining tax credit. The credit equals 50 percent of direct training expenses, up to $500 credit per full-time employee, per training program.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Georgia’s Department of Labor administers a federal tax credit to Georgia companies that hire individuals who have faced barriers to employment. The tax credit ranges from $1,200 to $9,000 per hire.

Tax Exemptions

Inventory Tax Exemption

Georgia businesses pay no state property taxes on inventory held in their factories and warehouses.

Sales and Use Tax Exemption

A large variety of machinery and equipment is exempt from state and local sales tax, amounting to as much as 5-8 percent savings on purchases. In fact, raw materials, goods in process and finished goods that are marked for out-of-state shipment and held in Coffee County factories or warehouses are 100 percent tax exempt from ad valorem taxes.

Georgia Quick Start

Georgia also provides workforce training through its signature program Georgia Quick Start. Free to eligible companies, Georgia Quick Start is the oldest program of its kind in the U.S. It has successfully updated the skill sets of more than 1 million employees in 6,500 projects.

Every Quick Start training program is developed to meeting the specific needs of a business. Training can be held in classrooms, mobile labs, or onsite with the business. The program has prepared workers in a wide range of industries from assemble aircraft components to growing bacteria for vaccines and manufacturing plastic or metal products. All training materials are given to the business for future use. In Douglas-Coffee, Quick Start is administered by Wiregrass Technical College.

Quick Start clients across the state include:

  • Baxalta
  • Caterpiller
  • Mando Corporation
  • Carter’s
  • Starbucks
  • King’s Hawaiian
  • Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas
  • NCR
  • Ricoh Electronics, Inc.