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START-UP NY program

The START-UP NY program* provides tax benefits to approved businesses that locate in vacant space or land of approved New York State public and private colleges and universities, approved strategic state assets, and New York State incubators affiliated with private universities or colleges that are designated as tax-free NY areas. This program will promote entrepreneurialism and job creation by creating tax-free communities across the state.

START-UP NY is administered by New York State's Empire State Development (ESD).

START-UP NY business tax benefits:

START-UP NY personal income tax benefit:

START-UP NY employer information on:

  • Allocated net new jobs
  • Wage exclusion benefit for eligible employees
  • Employer responsibilities and reporting requirements
  • Withholding requirements
  • Federal Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement

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*SUNY Tax-free Areas to Revitalize and Transform Upstate New York

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