State Approves Tax Breaks For Auto Glass Manufactuer

The state’s Tax Credit Authority on Tuesday approved a 15-year, 75 percent Job Creation Tax Credit for the company, which is setting up operations at the old GM plant in Moraine.(Photo: http://edastayusa.org/)
The state’s Tax Credit Authority on Tuesday approved a 15-year, 75 percent Job Creation Tax Credit for the company, which is setting up operations at the old GM plant in Moraine.(Photo: http://edastayusa.org/)

The state of Ohio has approved part of an incentive package for Fuyao, the Chinese auto-glass company coming to the former GM Moraine plant south of Dayton.

The job creation tax credit is meant to retain jobs in Ohio, but these incentives don’t always work out that way.

The idea behind the Job Creation tax credit is to give companies a break on taxes—if they create new jobs.

Fuyao’s planning to bring in more than 800 jobs, which would mean more than 32 million dollars in annual payroll.

If the company succeeds, the state will give Fuyao a tax discount totalling almost 10 million dollars over 15 years.

Economic development officials say incentives like this are a way to compete with other states. Kristi Tanner is with JobsOhio.

“JobsOhio started working with Fuyao not quite a year ago, and they could have selected any state, they could have selected any site,” Tanner said.

A New York Times analysis found Ohio spent about a tenth of the state budget from 2006 to 2011 on tax credits, grants and other incentives for businesses.

But that hasn’t always worked to retain jobs: GM, which pulled out of Moraine in 2008, had been one of the largest recipients of government tax credits in the state.

The Fuyao tax credit requires the company to stick around for at least 18 years.

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