Taxes & Incentives
To make your company’s move or expansion easier, a variety of local and state incentives may be available. You’ll also find many tax advantages in Rockwall.
Bottom Line Benefits
Along with Rockwall’s logistical and workforce benefits, costs are minimized and profits are enhanced as a result of our community’s favorable tax structure and robust incentive packages offered to qualified relocating or expanding companies. The following is an overview of the tax climate and incentive programs that may be available:
Freeport: In Rockwall, certain types of inventory that is manufactured within the community, but transported out of the state within 175 days, is exempt from property tax from all local taxing jurisdictions. More information can be found here.
Machinery and Equipment: In Texas, machinery, equipment, parts and accessories that are used or consumed in manufacturing, processing, fabricating, or repairing property for sale are exempt from state and local sales and use tax. More information can be found here.
Natural Gas and Electricity: Texas companies are exempt from paying state and local sales and use tax on electricity and natural gas used in manufacturing, processing, or fabricating tangible personal property. The company must complete a “predominant use study” that shows 50% of the electricity or natural gas consumed consumed by the business directly causes a physical change to the product.
Texas differs from most states in that economic development and incentive negotiations are primarily handled at the local level. While there are some aggressive incentives offered by the Governor’s Office, for most projects, the largest share of incentives originate locally. In Rockwall, these incentives are offered by the REDC. Incentive offers are subject to the discretion of the REDC Board, and will be considered based on economic factors such as investment planned and high-quality jobs created. Per state law, all companies agreeing to an incentive must enter into a performance agreement with the REDC.
The following local incentive application shall be filled out, and sent to email@example.com for incentive consideration. Companies are encouraged to discuss potential projects with REDC staff before applying.
Direct Financial Incentives: The REDC can offer direct funding to defray costs associated with relocation, expansion, and operation. Funding may be earmarked for impact or permit fees, or used for infrastructure, land acquisition, infrastructure development, utilities, and tax liabilities, among other costs.
Discounted REDC-Owned Land: The REDC can sell shovel-ready land at well below market rates within the Rockwall Technology Park, as well as on Justin Road.
(It should be noted that a qualified project desiring property outside of REDC-owned land will receive the same incentive value of an identical project desiring development on REDC-owned property. The REDC strives to provide no “added” financial benefit for a company choosing REDC property over a viable private property in Rockwall.)
Texas Enterprise Fund: The TEF is designed to attract major employers when one site in Texas is considered against viable out-of-state alternatives. These discretionary cash grants between $1,000 – $10,000 per job may be available to businesses that create at least 75 jobs. More information about the program, including how to qualify, can be found here.
Texas Enterprise Zone: The TEZ programs allow relocating or growing businesses to receive rebates off their state sales tax incurred in the project, typically amounting to $2,500 in rebates per job. More information about the program, including how to qualify, can be found here.
Additional information on incentives and programs offered in Texas can be found here.
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“Doing business in Rockwall and North Central Texas is great for several reasons. First and foremost is the talent pool in which we get to draw. Secondly, the community, schools, and businesses work closely together for the benefit of each other and finally, the quality of life for all of us that work at SPM. Rockwall is an excellent location because of Interstate 30 providing regional access and close proximity to our suppliers and customers.”
“When I came to Texas, I felt this Texas pride. People here, they want to support domestic and local manufacturing and the local manufacturers want to support the local community… In California, it took us five years to build what we have right now. But in Texas, it will only take 12 months to surpass what we’re currently doing in California. I foresee our manufacturing capability will be three times what we’re currently doing in California.”
“The EDC (in Rockwall) has really gone a lot further than what any other EDC would have done. They’ve really made a commitment to help us grow and made a commitment to be there for us…
I really believe that it was the perfect decision, coming here to Rockwall. It was a lot better than what we ever thought it would be.”
“The hidden benefit we didn’t recognize initially when we scouted out the territory was really how great the skilled, hourly workforce was going to be. We didn’t realize how good it would be…
I’ve worked in twelve manufacturing facilities in corrugated and this is by far the best group I’ve ever had.”