Committee Considers Business Tax Program

Feb 16, 2024

by Liz Gullett

As MLC’s Communications and Social Media Manager, Liz Gullett keeps clients informed and up-to-date on the goings on in Lansing and the Capitol.

This week, the House Economic Development and Small Business Committee considered bipartisan legislation restoring the 2017 Good Jobs for Michigan program. Under the proposal, companies could keep up to 100% of withholding taxes for new employees.

Key Points:

    • The program name would change to High-Wage Incentive for Regional Employment (H.I.R.E.) in Michigan.
    • To be eligible, a business must create at least 250 new jobs with a median annual wage of 125% of the prosperity region or 25 new jobs with a median wage of 150% of the prosperity region.
    • The jobs created must be permanent.
    • The program is capped at $200 million per year.
    • The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) would administer the program and the legislation spells out the criteria they must follow when deciding if a business qualifies for the program.
    • A business in the program could receive up to 100% of the withholding tax for up to ten years. The legislation outlines what the MSF should consider when determining the amount a business could receive and the duration.

Next Steps:

    • The three-bill package remains before the committee awaiting further consideration.

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