The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's (DCED) annual report on the Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) tax credit program lists Apple as having acquired 32 approved tax credits worth $2.33 million in 2012.
The Rendell administration created the KIZ program in 2004 to support early-stage companies with ties to Pennsylvania colleges. Firms in operation for less than eight years and situated in one of the 29 zones statewide can apply for a tax credit of up to $100,000.
Last year, the DCED approved a total of $13.73 million in tax credits to 179 companies across the state. Of those totals, 43 Philadelphia-area companies were awarded a total of $3.33 million in credits.
Young companies often apply for these credits not to offset their own tax liabilities, but to raise money. The KIZ program allows companies to sell or assign their tax credits for cash.
Which is where Apple and other buyers, such as Susquehanna Bank ($2.53 million), First Commonwealth Bank ($2.20 million) and Kohl's Department Stores Inc. ($182,806), come in.
Small companies got between 88 cents and 92.8 cents on the dollar when they sold their credits through a broker recently.
Since 2006, the sale of KIZ tax credits has generated $48.9 million in capital that companies in those zones have used to expand their operations, hire workers, and fund prototypes, according to the annual report.
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