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Local Property Tax/Utility Rates
Ames has low local property tax and utility rates, lowering the cost of doing business in the community. The city portion of the property tax levy is third lowest of the 12 largest cities in Iowa, at $10.72 per $1,000 in taxable value.

Iowa Corporate Income Tax
Iowa's Corporate income tax may be reduced or eliminated through Iowa's Tax Incentive programs.

Federal deductibility
50% deductibility of federal taxes from Iowa corporate income. Iowa is one of only five states that offer this important deductible.

Single-factor, nonunitary tax
Iowa's tax is based only on the percentage of total sales income within the state.

Unemployment Insurance Rate
The rate for all new non-construction business is 1.9% for a three-year period until an experience rating is established. Iowa offers a zero rate for good experience; approximately 45% of Iowa employers are at a zero rate.

No Personal Property Tax
Personal property is not assessed for tax purposes. In Iowa, personal property includes corporate inventories of goods-in-process, raw materials and salable goods.

No Sales and Use Tax on Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment Purchases
The purchase of industrial machinery and computers assessed as real property and used for manufacturing or used to process data by insurance companies, financial institutions, or certain commercial enterprises, is exempt from Iowa sales or use tax. In addition, there is no sales tax on materials used in the manufacturing process or for purchases of electricity or natural gas used directly in the manufacturing process.

No Property Tax on New Industrial Machinery, Equipment and Computers
Manufacturing, machinery, equipment, and computers are exempt from property tax.

Research Activities Tax Credit
A refundable credit for increasing research activities is up to 6.5 percent of the company's allotted share of qualifying research expenditures in Iowa. This can also be doubled under certain programs.

Worker's Compensation
Iowa's worker's compensation costs are among the nation's lowest. The average cost of worker's compensation insurance for manufacturers in Iowa is 25% lower than the national average.