City Council Committee extends Job Creation Opportunity

City Council’s Committee on Commerce & Economic Development has approved the “Job Creation Opportunity Extension Bill”, introduced by City Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr., extending a two-year employment stimulus program under which a credit against the City's business privilege taxes will be given to businesses that create new jobs within the City of Philadelphia. The businesses will receive a $3000 credit for each new job created for tax years 2012 and 2013, in addition to 2010 and 2011.

The Job Creation Tax Credit Program was established in May 2002 to encourage businesses to expand employment within the City of Philadelphia. It is based on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Job Creation Tax Credit program and offers a credit against the firm’s Business Privilege Tax liability for each new job created. The program can be utilized by companies of any type or size located anywhere in the city.

Through 2009, 60 firms have participated in the program, promising the creation of 4,463 jobs. The five year period allowed by the initial ordinance to create new jobs has expired for 22 of these 60 firms. As a result, the promised job creation may be reduced from 4,463 to 2,790. To date, 1,026 jobs have been certified as created, resulting in the issuance of $1,630,297 in tax certificates, of which $1,502,322 has been claimed.

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