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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Enterprise Zone Hiring Tax Credit Program?
It is a program in which the hiring of low-cost, work-ready local job applicants can result in significant annual state tax savings for participating businesses.

Q: Are other hiring tax credits available?
Yes. While the Enterprise Zone Hiring Tax Credit Program can reduce your California business taxes, the newly extended Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program (WOTC) offers Federal tax savings for qualified hires.

Q: What is the Youth Opportunity Center (YOC)?
The YOC is operated by the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network and offers no cost programs that help the youth of Long Beach get educated, gain experience and find a job.

Q: How does the YOC benefit local businesses?
The YOC provides work experience/internship training programs for youth ages 16-24 to ensure that low-cost employees are available and ready to work. The YOC also provides no-cost academic and career counseling, and tutoring so that new hires grow academically while they are on the job.

Q: What does the Hire-A-Youth program do?
Hire-A-Youth matches local out-of-work youths and adults with employment opportunities at local business – including internships, temporary and permanent jobs.

Q: What cities are served by the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network?
We proudly serve the communities and businesses of Lomita, Long Beach, Signal Hill, Torrance, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, San Pedro and Wilmington.

Q: What does my business have to do to benefit?
Any business within the Enterprise Zone is eligible for tax credits just by hiring eligible applicants.

Q: What is an Enterprise Zone?
Enterprise Zones were created to stimulate business growth and attract new employers, create new jobs and encourage investment in local economies. [link to Enterprise Zone web site]

Q: How much can this program help my business reduce labor costs?
By combining Enterprise Zone hiring tax credits with Federal Work Opportunity tax credits, participating businesses can reduce labor costs by up to 65% on many employees.

Q: How long can my businesses participate in the program?
A participating business can reduce its state income tax by a percentage of wages paid to one or more qualified employees over a five- year time period.

Q: What is the annual savings in state taxes for employers in the Enterprise Zone?
Each hiring voucher issued results in a potential five-year tax credit of up to $37,400 per qualified employee.

Q: Is there any cost to my business to participate in the program?
 There is a $68 hiring credit application fee for participating businesses.

Q: Where can I find out more about the Enterprise Zone Hiring Tax Credit Program?
Call the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network toll free 866.846.3321.

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