Tax Incentives

Tax incentives are available for new and expanding companies in Covington County. A summary of those incentives can be found below. Additional information can be found on the Alabama Department of Revenue website.

In addition to state-level tax incentives, incentives at the local level may be available. For help determining tax rates and finding available incentives, contact the CCEDC office at 334.222.7040.

Corporate Income Taxes

  • Corporate income tax rate is 6.5%
  • Based on the net taxable income of business done in Alabama
  • Businesses are permitted to deduct all of their federal taxes apportioned to Alabama

 

Potential incentives include:

  • Net-operating loss carryforward
  • Pollution-control equipment deduction
  • Basic skills educational tax credit

Enterprise Zone

Additional incentives may be available to new and expanding companies through the Enterprise Zone program. This incentive includes up to $2,500 tax credit for each new permanent employee, as well as exemptions from income, sales & use, and business privilege tax liability.

Business Privilege Tax

  • Based on a company's net worth in Alabama and the company's ability to pay
  • Rate ranges from $.25 to $1.75 for each $1,000 of net worth in Alabama

Available incentives include:

  • Pollution-control equipment deduction
  • Air carrier with hub operations deduction

Property Tax

Alabama state property tax rate is 6.5mills (.0065%). County and city rates vary and current rate information can be found in the Property Tax Section of the ADOR website.

Possible incentives include:

  • Abatements for non-educational property taxes
  • Pollution-control equipment exemptions
  • No property taxes on inventory
  • Raw materials inventory exemptions

Sales and Use Tax

The state sales and use tax rates are 2.5%. County rates vary and current rate information can be found in the City and County Tax Rates Section of the ADOR website.

Available incentives include:

  • Abatement of State and non-educational local construction-related taxes
  • Raw materials, pollution control equipment, quality control testing, and donations to charitable entities exemptions
  • Utility gross receipts tax exclusions
  • Discount if sales tax is paid promptly

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State Unemployment Tax

  • Employer requirement for the state unemployment tax is based on the first $8,000 of each employee's compensation
  • Rates vary from 0.5% to 5.4%
  • New employer rate is 2.7%
  • Rates are based on employer's experience rating
  • Employees do not contribute