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Business Incentives - Federal Empowerment Zone

The Federal Empowerment Zone (FEZ) is a 10-year designation that provides federal funding and federal tax incentives to the Santa Ana FEZ community. Covering a four square mile area of Santa Ana, the FEZ provides both business and residents services to the FEZ community.


Federal Wage Credit
As of January 1, 2002, any Santa Ana business located within the Santa Ana Federal Empowerment Zone (FEZ) who hires or currently employs a resident of the FEZ may earn an annual federal credit up to $3,000 per qualified employee. The credit was renewed through December 31, 2011 (retroactive to January 1, 2010) as a result of the Tax Relief Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4853) signed into law on December 17, 2010.

To check if you are in the FEZ please check the map or the street ranges.

To claim the credit, please complete the FEZ Wage Credit Affidavit Form and submit to the FEZ office to receive address confirmation from a FEZ Representative.