Eligibility Requirements

How can I verify that my business is located within the Enterprise Zone?
  • If your business is located within one of the following areas: Cities of Dinuba, Exeter, Farmersville, Lindsay, Porterville, Tulare, Woodlake or Visalia; or in the unincorporated communities of Cutler/Orosi, Traver, Goshen, Ivanhoe, Strathmore, Poplar, Tipton, Pixley, Terra Bella, Ducor, Earlimart, Richgrove, North Delano, verify eligibility by visiting the following EZ web portal search engine: http://sequoia.enterprisezonesoftware.com
  • For any areas outside of Tulare County, please contact the Department of Housing and Community Development at (916) 322-1550 or visit www.hcd.ca.gov/fa/cdbg/ez/index.html
  • The resources listed above can be used to verify whether your business is located within an Enterprise Zone.
What are the available tax incentives for businesses located within the Enterprise Zone?

There are five tax incentives available to taxpayers that invest in or operate a trade or business located within the Sequoia Valley Enterprise Zone. The tax incentives include the following:

For information about each tax incentive, refer to the Enterprise Zone Business Booklet - FTB 3805Z Booklet or contact the Sequoia Valley EZ manager.

Which employees qualify my business for the hiring credit?

Employers engaged in a trade or business within an Enterprise Zone may claim the hiring credit for qualified employees. A qualified employee is an individual who falls under one of following elligibility categories:

The hiring credit can be captured only for those employees hired after an area is officially designated as an Enterprise Zone and before the designation expires. In addition, at least 90% of the employee's work must be directly related to a trade or business activity located in the Enterprise Zone and at least 50% of the employee's work must performed inside the boundaries of the Enterprise Zone. Please reference the Enterprise Zone Business Booklet - FTB3805Z for any specific questions regarding the eligibility categories listed above.