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Job Creation Tax Credits

The City of Cincinnati may offer a job creation tax credit to a company that is considering expanding in, or moving to, Cincinnati. The credit is offered in consideration for net, new jobs created in the City.

How Do They Work?

A job creation tax credit (JCTC) is a tax credit provided to a company that commits to expand or relocate into the City of Cincinnati. The City will provide a credit against a company’s net profits tax obligation for a commitment to create new full time permanent employees and new payroll within the City for a future number of years. To qualify, the company must commit to create or relocate a minimum of 25 new full-time permanent jobs to the City within 3 years. In some circumstances, projects creating as few as 10 new, full-time, high-salary jobs may also be eligible (i.e. average of $100,000 salary per job)

The program provides the tax credit against the net profits tax obligation of the business but is calculated on a percentage of new payroll taxes that are paid to the City from the new employees.

The company will be asked to maintain the jobs within the City of Cincinnati (not necessarily at the same location) for the term of the JCTC plus an additional number of years. The additional number of years of commitment may be from +3 years to twice the length of the term of the credit years based on the underwriting for the project.

JCTC Example

A company creates 100 new jobs averaging $20 per hour and the City offers a 50% JCTC for 5 years:

  • 100 jobs @ $20/hour = $4.16M payroll
  • $4.16M x 2.1% earnings tax = $87,360
  • 50% annual credit = $43,680
  • Total city incentive = $218,400

What Are the Benefits?

The JCTC provides an increase to a company’s yearly profits by reducing their tax obligation to the City.

How Is It Used?

To be considered for a JCTC, a business must complete a Financial Assistance Application prior to the start of the project. The Department of Trade and Development will then review the application and provide a recommendation to City Council for a tax credit at a level supported by internal underwriting. Key factors to the underwriting that will influence an offer from the City include: the number of years the company is willing to commit to stay within the City and the number of jobs and payroll a company is creating.

Potential Advantages

  • If a company creates more jobs and a larger payroll than initially agreed upon, they receive the advantage of the tax credit for these additional amounts.
  • JCTC agreements assist businesses that expand and stay within the City by providing them a tax break for the creation of new jobs and employment opportunities for residents.
  • JCTC agreements reduce the City’s need to provide grants or other direct subsidies to assist a company with expansion plans.

Potential Limitations

  • The maximum amount of a tax credit within a single year can only be as large as the company’s net profits tax liability to the City.
  • Credits can be forwarded to future years but are not refundable from the City.

Quick Facts

  • To qualify for this program the median wage for all of a company’s employees must be above 200% of minimum wage.
  • A company must create a minimum of 25 new permanent jobs or, in some cases, at least 10 high paying jobs.

Download the JCTC Flyer

Project Intake Form

Project Intake Form

How do I learn more?

Contact the City of Cincinnati's Economic Development Division at (513) 352-2499 or

To learn more about the Ohio program, contact the Ohio Department of Development at (513) 852-2826.

Download the Job Creation Tax Credit (JCTC) Flyer



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