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The Womble Carlyle Economic Development Digest - October 31, 2014

Womble Carlyle’s Economic Development Digest aggregates news, opportunities and legislation impacting business in the United States. In this week's Economic Development Digest:



  • Florida DOR finds corporation's machinery purchases ineligible for business expansion exemption, (October 23, 2014)**
    The Florida Department of Revenue ruled that a corporation's purchases of self-service key-cutting machines do not qualify for a sales and use tax exemption for new or expanding businesses because the corporation is not considered a new business opening a new facility or plant and the corporation is not manufacturing or producing the keys.



  • Tax Foundation releases 2015 state business tax climate index, (October 28, 2014)**
    The Tax Foundation has released its state business tax climate index for 2015; notable changes to this year's rankings include North Carolina's jump from 44th to 16th due to comprehensive reforms, Kansas's fall from 19th to 22nd despite income tax cuts, and improved ratings for New York, Nebraska, and North Dakota due to improvements in their income tax systems.

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  • South Carolina explains abandoned building owner may claim revitalization credit, (October 23, 2014)**
    The South Carolina Department of Revenue, in a private letter ruling, explained that an abandoned building owner is eligible for a revitalization tax credit under the state's revitalization act for planned redevelopment and may claim the demolition and construction costs of building the new structure as rehabilitation expenses.


  • Another special interest wants say in water use, San Antonio Express-News (October 22, 2014)
    Austin, Texas’ water planning is scrutinized for the need to focus on the Lower Colorado River Authority and the State of Texas water plan.


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