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The Payentry Hire Empowerment Zone Program allows employers to identify and capture up to $9,000 in tax credits per eligible employee. The primary criteria to be eligible for this credit requires the employer to be located in an empowerment zone and the employee to reside in an empowerment zone.

The Empowerment Zone Credit is a retroactive tax credit and applies to employees hired in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Please note that parts of the following areas qualify as empowerment zones:

  • Pulaski County, AR
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Desert Communities, CA
  • Fresno, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Santa Ana, CA
  • New Haven, CT
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Miami/Dade County, FL
  • Southwest Georgia United, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • East St. Louis, IL
  • Gary/Hammond/East Chicago, IN
  • Kentucky Highlands, KY
  • Boston, MA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Aroostook County, ME
  • Detroit, MI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Mid-Delta, MS
  • Southernmost Illinois Delta, IL
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Griggs-Steele, ND
  • Camden, NJ
  • Cumberland County, NJ
  • New York, NY
  • Syracuse, NY
  • Yonkers, NY
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Ironton, OH
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Columbia/Sumter, SC
  • Oglala Sioux Tribe, SD
  • Knoxville, TN
  • El Paso, TX
  • Middle Rio Grande FUTURO Communities, TX
  • Rio Grande Valley, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Norfolk/Portsmouth, VA
  • Huntington, WV

Empowerment Zone Locator


Input your address to see if your business is located in an Empowerment Zone


  1. Complete the following template with your employees information:
    Download Template
  2. Upload the template to receive an estimate of your tax credit savings:
    Upload and Calculate