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Department of Taxation and Finance

Job incentives for businesses

job incentives

New York State makes growing your business easy and affordable with our employment-based tax incentives. Incentives are offered for nearly every type of industry, and your participation ensures that New Yorkers earn a steady income and become contributing taxpayers.

For a complete list of credits and their requirements, see General business corporation (Article 9-A) tax credits.

Hire a veteran credit

Looking to hire well-trained employees with real-world work experience? Think about hiring a veteran.

Employing qualified veterans full time in New York State for at least one year may entitle you to a tax credit. You can carry forward any unused amount of the credit for the following three years!

See Hire a veteran credit to learn about eligibility requirements.

up to

$5,000 per veteran

$15,000 per disabled veteran

Empire State apprenticeship tax credit

Are you a certified sponsor employing an apprentice in the New York State Registered Apprenticeship (RA) program? You may be entitled to tax credits for each apprentice you hire on or after January 1, 2018.  Enhanced credits are offered to those who employ disadvantaged youth as apprentices and for those programs that engage the support of a mentor.

You must employ qualified apprentices full-time (a minimum of 35 hours per week) for at least six months during the tax year.

See Empire State apprenticeship tax credit or visit the Department of Labor at Empire State ApprenticeshipTax Credit (ESATC) for more information.

up to

$6,000 per qualified apprentice 

$7,000 per disadvantaged youth 

depending upon the year of apprenticeship

New York Youth Jobs Program tax credit

Give disadvantaged youths the opportunity to gain transferable professional skills and become a part of your workforce, without breaking the bank.

You may be eligible for the New York Youth Jobs Program when you hire at-risk youths, ages 16 to 24 years, living in specific target areas of New York State. The Department of Labor must certify you to participate in the program.

See New York Youth Jobs Program tax credit or visit the Department of Labor at New York Youth Jobs Program to learn more.

up to

$3,750 for part-time hires

$7,500 for full-time hires

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