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Enterprise Zone

Gary A. CamaranoCamarano_Gary photo
Whiteside County Economic Development Director
Whiteside Carroll County Enterprise Zone Administrator
200 E. Knox Street – Second Floor Morrison, IL 61270

Phone: (815) 772-5182
Whiteside County Economic Development Website

Whiteside County assists with economic development by providing information on the local business climate and by offering property tax abatements, as well as sales tax deductions for renovation and new construction of existing or new commercial and industrial projects located in the enterprise zone.


Building materials used for incorporation in the Enterprise Zone are exempt from sales tax with a certificate issued from the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR). Certificates are applied for by the Enterprise Zone Administrator of the zone where the building materials will be incorporated. In the Whiteside Carroll County Enterprise Zone #8 you must have a project application approved by the zone administrator and a separate sales tax exemption form completed by each contractor & or owners prior to the submission of sales tax emption request to the IDOR. These forms are available from the Enterprise Zone Office. There is a 0.5% fee on the total of building materials cost for renovation and new construction not to exceed $50,000. It is recommended to apply 7 days in advance of wanting to order or purchase materials!


Improvements in the Whiteside County Enterprise Zone are eligible for real estate tax abatements as long as the property is not located in a TIF District. Abatement amounts vary from 50% to 94% for five (5) years. Percentage of abatement is determined by project location, because not all taxing bodies in the zone abate. The Enterprise Zone Administrator will provide a tax abatement estimate upon request.


The following provision will apply to all projects involving demolition and new construction. Any project which involves new construction on a site which previously was occupied by a building(s) will receive the real estate tax abatement on a “net new” basis. That is, the increased assessment amount to be abated will be based on the most recent assessment of the property which included the valuation of the property which included the valuation of the land and original building(s).


The Illinois Income Tax Act allows a .5% credit against state income tax for investments in qualified property placed in service in the Enterprise Zone. This credit is in addition to any other investment tax credit allowed under Illinois statute (consult your tax consultant).


The Revenue Act 35 ILCS 120/1df-1f, as amended allows a business enterprise that is certified by DCEO, that either creates a minimum of 200 full-time equivalent jobs in Illinois; or retains a minimum of 2,000 full-time jobs in Illinois; or which retains 90% of the existing jobs, a 6.25 percent state sales tax exemption on all tangible personal property which is used or consumed within an enterprise zone in the process of manufacturing or assembly of tangible personal property for wholesale or retail sale or lease. This exemption includes repair and replacement parts for machinery and equipment used primarily in the wholesale or retail sale or lease, and equipment, manufacturing fuels, material and supplies for the maintenance, repair or operation of manufacturing, or assembling machinery or equipment.


Businesses which make an investment in an Enterprise Zone which creates a minimum of 200 full-time equivalent jobs or retains 1,000 jobs is eligible for tax exemption on utilities. Businesses which make an investment of $5 million or more which creates at least 200 jobs or retains 2,000 or 90% of existing jobs is eligible for sales tax exemption on personal property used or consumed in the manufacturing process. Application forms must be completed by applicant and then certified by the Whiteside County Enterprise Zone#8 Administrator and sales tax certificates issued by Illinois Department of Revenue before you are eligible for sales tax exemption! Each contractor and who is providing materials must provide and or complete the sales tax application form. Do not order or purchase building materials before your sales tax certificates are issues! It is recommended to apply 7 days in advance of wanting to order or purchase materials!


All Enterprise Zone projects must be certified by the Enterprise Zone Administrator, before ordering or purchasing of building materials. Building permits are required; there is an application fee.


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