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Eligibility for Harris County
Tax Abatement:

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An applicant's proposed new project as of March 25, 2014 must:

1) Increase tax roll value of new real property by at least $1,000,000.

2) Create at least 25 new full-time permanent positions at the project site.

3) Be competitively sited.  In other words, senior management is actively evaluating jurisdictions, in addition to Harris County, and, but for tax abatement, the project would not be constructed in Harris County.

Amount and Duration of Tax Abatement:

  • Dollar value eligible for abatements is $1,000,000 per new job created, which primarily benefits capital intensive projects, such as petrochemical facilities.
     

  • Amount of abatement will be a constant 50 percent, per year, up to 10 years.  This enables a greater number of applicants to qualify, especially small to midsize companies who have limited access to primary capital markets and who must finance facilities through lease-buyback transactions with renewal intervals of less than 10 years.

    For standalone Green Building Tax Abatement program, please refer to "Guidelines & Criteria" Section 2(j) on page 6. Please note separate application and non-refundable application fee apply. 

    Forms:

    Green Building Tax Abatement Application


    Application for Tax Abatement


    Guidelines and Criteria for Granting Tax Abatement in a Reinvestment Zone 

    Checklist for Contents of Complete Application Package for Harris County 

    Tax Abatement

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