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Rural Jobs Tax Credit

Category: State Incentives, Tax Incentives


This credit can be applied to taxes due on (state) gross receipts, corporate income, or personal income tax. Rural New Mexico is defined as any part of the state other than Los Alamos County; certain municipalities: Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Farmington, Las Cruces, Roswell, and Santa Fe; and a 10-mile zone around those select municipalities.

Company eligibility:

  • Companies that manufacture or produce a product in New Mexico
  • Non-retail service companies that export a substantial percentage of services out of state (50% or more revenues and/or customer base).
  • Certain green industries


The rural area is divided into two tiers:

  • Tier 2 = Non-metro area municipalities that exceed 15,000 in population: Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Clovis, Gallup, and Hobbs;
  • Tier 1 = Everywhere else in a rural area


The maximum tax credit amount with respect to each qualifying job is equal to:

  • Tier 1: 25% of the first $16,000 in wages paid for the qualifying job (may be taken for four years)
  • Tier 2: 12.5% of the first $16,000 in wages paid for the qualifying job (may be taken for two years)

A qualifying job is a job filled by an eligible employee for 48 weeks in a 12-month qualifying period. The credit may be carried forward for up to 3 years.