Financial & Other Incentives
When it comes to expanding or relocating your business, the state you choose makes a critical difference to your future bottom line. New Hampshire offers some financial and other incentives that make the state a great place for business including
Low Tax Burden
New Hampshire ranks 8th among the best states FOR business-tax climate, according to the U.S. Tax Foundation'S 2013 report.
New Hampshire has:
- No broad base personal income tax
- No sales tax
- No use tax
- No inventory tax
- No capital gains tax
- No estate tax
- No internet tax
- No professional service tax
- Low corporate income tax
Tax & Other Credit Programs
Economic Revitalization Zone Tax Credits: For more information about ERZs, contact Gary Chabot via email or by calling 603-271 8444
Coos County Job Creation Tax Credit: This is a tax credit to businesses hiring new employees in Coos County and paying wages equal to or above 200 percent the calendar year minimum wage. The credit is $1,000 for any new, full-time, year-round jobs applied to the Business Enterprise Tax, but any unused portion of the credit can be applied to the Business Profits Tax. More information can be found on the NH Department of Revenue Administration website.
Research and Development Credit: In 2013, the legislature voted overwhelmingly to double - to $2 million - the research and development tax credit. For more information, visit the NH Department of Revenue Administration website.
Grants, Loans & Other Programs
Community Development Block Grant: This assistance can be in the form of a grant to the municipality for a public infrastructure improvements on behalf of an expanding business or a loan to the business itself. The maximum amount of funding available for any given project is $500,000, regardless of size of the community applying for the grant. All grants are one-year duration, and one job must be created for each $20,000 in CDBG funds granted. The key to this federal program is that a minimum of 60 percent of the jobs created must be filled by low and moderate-income persons. For more information, visit the NH Community Development Finance Authority website.
Job Training Fund: Talent development is a major component of New Hampshire's economic vitality and businesses large and small realize the importance of a skilled and educated workforce. That's why the New Hampshire Job Training Fund was created, designed to enhance worker skills and help companies stay competitive in the global marketplace.
A minimum of 50 percent cash match is required. Ineligible matching funds include salaries, wages bonuses and benefits of employees in training; in-kind contributions; administrative or entertainment expenses; and costs resulting from violations of, or failure to comply with federal, state or local laws and regulations. Download a Job Training Fund fact sheet.
Industrial Revenue Bonds: This program is only for companies that manufacture or produce tangible personal property in New Hampshire. At least 75 percent of bond proceeds must be spent on core manufacturing space and equipment. Storage, office and R&D space must be excluded from this calculation. To be cost effective, loans must be between $1.5 and $10 million. The interest rate is about 70 percent of prime and can be used for the purchase of land, buildings and capital equipment.
- Loan Guarantees: For companies that need credit enhancement, the state offers the Capital Access Program, Working Capital Line of Credit Guarantee and Guarantee Asset Program.
- Import/Export Loans: The state also offers Foreign Buyer Credit, Export-Import Bank of the United States and other sources.
- SBA 504 Program: This loan program is designed to work in conjunction with commercial banks to provide 90 percent long-term, fixed-rate financing for small to medium-sized businesses in owner-occupied buildings that provide employment opportunities.
Business Assistance Services
Federal Contract Procurement: The Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) is sponsored by the Division of Economic Development and the Defense Logistics Agency. This national program provides specialized and professional assistance to individuals and businesses seeking to learn about contracting and subcontracting opportunities with Department of Defense, other federal agencies, or state and local governments.
Assistance in Starting a Small Business: The New Hampshire Small Business Development Center offers free, one-on-one, confidential business counseling, low cost training programs, and access to information and referral. Specialized services include environmental counseling, manufacturing assistance, international trade programs and innovative economic development initiatives.
Manufacturing Consulting: The New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) provides low cost consulting services, including lean and agile supply chain management, product development, technology transfer and commercialization; quality management, including compliance with ISO 9000/14000 certification requirements; information technology (IT) management; plant layout, equipment specification, and health, safety, energy and environmental issues.
For additional information on incentive programs, real estate surveys, wage/benefit data, tax comparisons by state, and information about why New Hampshire is the right place for your company, contact Michael Bergeron or Cindy Harrington at (603) 271-2591 or 1-800-417-4110. Note: We keep all contacts confidential.