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Eligible Small Businesses Should Apply Before Nov. 1 for Growth Incentives

Small Business Tax Credit


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2018) – Time is limited, but Kentucky small businesses can still claim a tax credit of up to $25,000 on their 2018 tax returns.

By submitting a complete application for the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit program by Nov. 1, small businesses stand the best chance of receiving approval in time for their 2018 tax filings. Tax credits are available for companies that, in the past 24 months, added at least one new employee and invested $5,000 or more in qualifying equipment or technology.

The program, offered by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, encourages growth among the state’s small businesses.

“Small businesses are a vital part of the Kentucky economy, and we want to encourage every business owner in the state to take advantage of this program to capitalize on their recent growth,” said Brian Mefford, executive director of the Cabinet’s KY Innovation office. “The Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit provides a great avenue to expand employment opportunities throughout the state while also helping Kentucky companies create an additional competitive advantage.”

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 varies based upon the number of jobs created and the cost of equipment purchased.

The program is available to most for-profit businesses of 50 or fewer full-time employees, including companies in the construction, manufacturing, retail, service and wholesale industries.

Last year, the program incentivized the creation of 506 private-sector jobs and nearly $4.8 million in investments by 167 small businesses. On average, each participating company hired three people and received more than $10,000 in tax savings. Since inception, the program has assisted in creating over 1,800 jobs and $18.8 million in new investments.

To learn more about the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit program or to apply, visit or contact the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development at 800-626-2930.

The program is among the many ways the Cabinet’s KY Innovation office encourages growth among Kentucky’s startups and small businesses. Other resources include programs that provide assistance for international trade and market development, access to credit, mentoring and advocacy. Entrepreneurs and startups also can connect with multiple resources at offices statewide. Learn more about KY Innovation here or by calling 800-626-2930.

Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook at or follow on Twitter at Watch the Cabinet’s “This is My Kentucky” video on YouTube.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency responsible for encouraging new jobs and investment in the state. New capital investment announced in Kentucky in 2017 totaled a state record $9.2 billion, spurring more than 17,200 projected new jobs. Information on available industrial properties, workforce development assistance, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other economic development resources is available at

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