What is it?
A one-to-three year Maryland state tax credit available to employers in the designated
Enterprise Zones who hire for newly created full-time jobs. A one-time credit for each new
employee and a three-year credit for hiring an employee who is economically disadvantage
(as determined by the Maryland Job Service). The credit is:
Economically Disadvantaged New Hires or Rehires who have been laid off a year or more:
- 1st Year: $ 3000
- 2nd Year: $ 2000
- 3rd Year: $ 1000
Focus Area Employees within the Enterprise Zone:
- 1st Year: $ 4500
- 2nd Year: $ 3000
- 3rd Year: $ 1500
New Hires Who Are Not Economically Disadvantaged:
- $1000 credit per new worker - $1500 if in a focus area within a zone
- In order to receive the full $6,000 tax credit, the individual must remain in the
position for 3 years. If the individual leaves and another individual who is economically
disadvantaged is hired in the position, the employer may take the remainder of the credit
as if the original employee remained.
An employee who is:
- hired after the business was located in the Enterprise Zone, or after the zone was
created, whichever is later
- employed for at least
35 hours each week for 6 months, before or during the taxable year
for which the tax credit is taken
- spending half of all work time in the zone or in an activity related to the zone
- hired to fill a new position, or replacing someone who is also economically
disadvantaged; the employers number of full-time positions must increase by the
number of credits taken
- a new employee or an employee rehired after being laid-off by the business for more than
The Employer May:
- Claim an unlimited number of employees.
- Claim the tax credit along with the Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Federal
Empowerment Zone Tax Credit, and the Maryland Employment Opportunity Tax Credit (EOC).
- The employer must pay a wage equal to at least 150% of the federal minimum wage.
- The employer must be certified by the local zone administrator to be eligible for the
- Once certified, the employer completes Part II of the Tax Credit Voucher and returns the
completed Voucher to DLLR.
The Certifying Agency
- The local economic agency will review an employers application for the Enterprise
Zone tax credit eligibility and provide the employer with a letter of certification if it
- Upon receipt of the Tax Credit Voucher, DLLR will certify the job seeker as eligible for
the tax credit.
- If eligibility is approved, DLLR will send a Tax Credit Employer Certification form to
Created in the General Assembly in 1982, under Article 83-A5-301, Urban Enterprise Zones.
Where to go for more information
Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR)
Tax Credit Program Administrator
1100 N. Eutaw Street, Room 201
Baltimore, MD 21201