Incentives & Abatements

Letter to Business Owners from City Manager (PDF)

Early Renewal Payment


Resident businesses may be eligible for a 2% early renewal payment discount if paid by January 31. For more details, view Municipal Code Section 8-72 Early Payment Discounts.

Anniversary Discount Program


The Anniversary Discount Program rewards longevity and recognizes resident city businesses’ contributions and long term commitment to the community. The Anniversary date is based on the resident business license start date, as outlined in the table below. For more information, view details in Municipal Code Section 8-71 Anniversary Discounts.

Anniversary Years
July 2014 Businesses in Years
July 2015 Businesses in Years
July 2016 Businesses in Years
July 2017 Businesses in Years
July 2018 Businesses in Years
July 2019 Businesses in Years
July 2020 Businesses in Years
10 Year
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
15 Year
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
20 Year
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
25 Year
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
30 Year
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
35 Year
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
40 Year
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
45 Year
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974

Business License Tax Abatement Program


Business License Tax Abatement Program is designed to facilitate business growth in targeted areas and throughout the city. A tax abatement is a reduction of or exemption from taxes for a specified length of time. The abatement amount is based on the time of year that a business commences operations in the City of Greenville.

About the Program


The City of Greenville is a prime location for businesses that make the local economy more relevant to leading trends in the world economy. The Tax Abatement Program is designed to facilitate business growth in targeted areas and throughout the City.

Eligibility & Qualifications


The business license tax abatement is for new businesses only. Businesses must meet certain criteria in order to qualify for the abatement. Qualifying businesses include:
  • Corporate Headquarters
  • High Technology Growth businesses
  • Manufacturing
  • Research and Development

For More Information


For more detailed information about qualifications and eligibility for the Business License Tax Abatement, view the Tax Abatement Ordinance or the Tax Abatement Application.