Nebraska Advantage
Microenterprise Tax Credit Act
Description of Benefits


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General Information:

The Nebraska Advantage Microenterprise Tax Credit Act allows an individual actively involved in the day-to-day activities of a microbusiness, which is located in a distressed area, to apply for tax credits.


Application Process and Benefits Received:

The individual actively involved in the microbusiness must file an application, which describes their involvement, the expected investment or employment growth, and the tentative tax credits for the year of application and the following year. Each individual, and any related parties, are limited to a $10,000 lifetime tax credit.

Application for Nebraska Advantage Microenterprise Tax Credit Act

Applications requesting up to $2 million may be authorized for each calendar year.

The individual earns a refundable income tax credit equal to 20% of the microbusiness' new investment or employment, not to exceed the amount of tentative tax credits approved based on the application. New investment is an increase in purchases of buildings and depreciable assets, repairs and maintenance, advertising, legal, or professional services in the year of application and the following year, as compared to the year prior to application. New employment is an increase in employee compensation and the employer cost of health insurance in the year of application and the following year, as compared to the year prior to application. The individuals claim the tax credit when filing their Nebraska income tax return.

Employment Criteria

The microbusiness must have five or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees at the time of application to participate in the Nebraska Advantage Microenterprise Tax Credit Act. For applications filed on or after October 1, 2009, taxpayers must utilize E-verify to verify that all new employees are legally able to work in the United States, as required by Neb. Rev. Stat. § 77-5908

Location Criteria

The microbusiness must be located at a site which meets the statutory requirements related to population decline or per capita income level. All locations in the state are eligible other than portions of Washington and Lancaster counties. For more specific information on whether a location is eligible, click here.



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