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Economic Development

Humphreys County has emerged as a growth area for industries seeking the following:

  • Reasonably priced land
  • Economical and reliable energy resources
  • Attractive financial and tax incentives
  • An effective transportation infrastructure
  • An experienced yet affordable labor force
  • A positive business climate
  • Access to the research, programs and training opportunities at the community colleges and universities
  • High quality of life
  • Modest cost of living.

We offer Federal Empowerment Zone tax credits, State job tax credits, local tax waivers, Freeport warehouse, right to work state, local incentives and an excellent quality of life for your employees.  Our web site is loaded with reasons to call Belzoni, Mississippi, your industrial or family home.

If your interest is in the Nissan North America location in Canton, Mississippi, Mississippi, we have special benefits for Nissan suppliers. 
  • Four routes from Belzoni to the Nissan site, to avoid costly delays in delivery.
  • Buildings for immediate occupancy to expedite your location.
  • Abundant labor with training designed to fit your special needs is provided by Mississippi Delta Community College career workforce development program in the new state of the art, training facility.
  • The GAP county designation, which offers State and local tax credits and incentives.
  • We have everything that “Advantage Mississippi” has to offer.

Tax Incentives  (See other incentives)

The Growth and Prosperity Program (GAP) is an incentive program designed to encourage development in economically challenged areas of the state. This program designates  Humphreys County  as a GAP county and provides income, franchise, sales, and property tax incentives to companies that locate or expand in Humphreys County .

To receive a GAP designation, the county must have an unemployment rate that is 200% of the state’s annual unemployment rate, or must have 30% or more of it’s population below the federal poverty rate.

Program Facts

The following businesses that create 10 or more jobs are eligible to participate under the GAP Program:

  • Manufacturing, processing, assembling, storing, warehousing, servicing, distributing or selling of any products or goods, including products of agriculture;

  • Enterprises for research and development, including, but not limited to, scientific laboratories; or

  • Other businesses or industries that will further the public purposes of the GAP Act as determined on a case-by-case basis by MDA, and that create a minimum of ten (10) jobs.

Retail or gaming businesses or electrical generation facilities are not considered eligible business enterprises

Eligible entities that locate or expand in a GAP area receive a series of tax incentives for a period of up to ten years. Taxes that are included in this full exemption are:

Sales and use taxes on all equipment and machinery purchased during the initial construction or expansion at an approved facility. This exemption is valid from the date that the project begins until three months after start-up. This exemption, or the contractors tax.

This exemption applies to the general 7% sales tax on component building materials, equipment, and other assets purchased for the project as well as the 1.5% sales tax on manufacturing machinery. The exemption is available from the beginning of the project until three months after the start-up of the new or expanded facility.

For commercial construction in Mississippi, there is a contractor’s tax assessed on the construction of commercial real property that is calculated as 3.5% of the contractor’s gross receipts from the construction.  Contractor’s tax has no exemptions, and the contractor is allowed to purchase all component building materials exempt from sales tax.

Under this exemption, component building materials can be purchased directly by the GAP business. If these materials are not part of the construction contract, they are not subject to contractor’s tax, and sales tax is not due on materials purchased by the GAP company. To qualify for the exemption, the materials must be purchased by, billed to, and paid for directly by the eligible entity. Contractor’s tax will still apply to the labor portion of the construction contract.

All state income and franchise taxes related to the new location or expansion. In instances where an expansion is approved for companies already subject to Mississippi income and franchise tax, an apportionment formula will be used to determine the percentage of Mississippi income and/or capital that is exempt through GAP. This formula utilizes a property factor and a double weighted payroll factor based on GAP property and payroll divided by the total company property and payroll. Specific calculation guidelines can be obtained from the Mississippi State Tax Commission.

Property taxes levied on land, building, equipment and certain inventory at an approved facility in an approved GAP designated area. This exemption does not include school taxes and that portion of the property tax utilized to pay for fire and police protection. If the company is eligible for a Free Port Warehouse exemption, it must be applied for separately.

Tax Abatement for New Construction
  • For a three-year (3) abatement, the minimum project investment must be ten thousand five hundred dollars to nineteen thousand nine hundred ninety-nine dollars ($10,500-$19,999).
  • For a four-year (4) abatement, the minimum project investment must be twenty thousand dollars to forty-four thousand nine hundred ninety-nine dollars ($20,000-$44,999).
  • For a five-year (5) abatement, the minimum project investment must be forty-five thousand dollars to sixty-four thousand nine hundred ninety-nine dollars ($45,000-$64,999).
  • For a six-year (6) abatement, the minimum project investment must be sixty-five thousand dollars to eighty-nine thousand nine hundred ninety-nine dollars ($65,000-$89,999).
  • For a seven-year (7) abatement, the minimum project investment must be ninety thousand dollars ($90,000).

The Humphreys County County Board of Supervisors has agreed to the same tax abatement on an individual basis.