Aerospace
CHENNAULT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, LAKE CHARLES
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Bold Incentives for the Aerospace Industry

Aerospace manufacturers will find a suite of highly competitive incentives designed to help their operations thrive in Louisiana.

  • For competitive projects that involve substantial job creation, major investment and the majority of sales to out-of-state customers, Louisiana’s new Aerospace Manufacturing Payroll Incentive can provide up to a 12 percent payroll rebate over 10 years. Additionally, a participating company will be eligible for either a rebate of state sales and use taxes on capital expenditures or a 1.2 percent project facility expense rebate.
  • Louisiana offers the Industrial Tax Exemption Program, which provides up to 100 percent property tax abatement for up to 10 years manufacturer’s qualifying capital investments.
  • In addition, the Digital Interactive Media and Software Development Incentive — the nation’s strongest, most comprehensive incentive for software development — provides a unique advantage to the aerospace industry. The incentive is applicable to customer-facing software, including aerospace-specific applications like navigation, communications, radar, defense and other embedded systems. Eligible projects receive up to a 35 percent refundable tax credit for payroll expenditures and up to a 25 percent refundable tax credit for qualified production expenditures. If the amount of tax credits exceeds the business’ state income and franchise tax liabilities, the business receives the balance as a refund.