Economic Development Tax Incentives

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Do policymakers have the evidence they need to determine whether tax incentives are working? Are they managing the budget risks associated with tax incentives? Pew’s research answers these and other critical questions, and highlights steps that leading states have taken to estimate and control tax incentive costs and measure the economic impact of these programs.

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  • Questions for Lawmakers to Ask When Designing New Tax Incentives

    Economic development incentives are one of the primary tools states use to try to strengthen their economies. Every state employs a mix of tax incentives, grants, and loans in an effort to create jobs, encourage business expansions, and achieve other goals. When lawmakers consider enacting, renewing, or extending one of these programs, asking three questions can help ensure the best outcome for... Read More

  • State Tax Incentive Evaluation Ratings

    Tax incentives—including credits, exemptions, and deductions—are one of the primary tools that states use to try to create jobs, attract new businesses, and strengthen their economies. Incentives are also major budget commitments, collectively costing states billions of dollars a year. Given this importance, policymakers across the country increasingly are demanding high-quality information on... Read More

  • How States Are Improving Tax Incentives for Jobs and Growth

    Tax incentives—including credits, exemptions, and deductions—are one of the primary tools that states use to try to create jobs, attract new businesses, and strengthen their economies. Incentives are also major budget commitments, collectively costing states billions of dollars a year. Given this importance, policymakers across the country increasingly are demanding high-quality... Read More

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