Tesla set to receive massive tax breaks for Giga Nevada expansion

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Tesla is set to receive massive tax breaks of up to $360 million for its expansion of Giga Nevada, which it announced last month.

Documents released yesterday show Tesla would be exempt from paying payroll and property taxes for the next ten years and would also pay reduced sales taxes for the next twenty years.

Tesla will also be eligible for $81.4 million in tax reimbursements over the next 20 years as a part of its potential agreement with Storey County, the region where the automaker’s Giga Nevada facility is located. Also called the Tesla Gigafactory, the company announced a plan in January to invest an additional $3.6 billion into the plant to expand Semi production. Tesla Semi started deliveries in December with Frito-Lay and parent company PepsiCo.

The abatement intends to keep Tesla in the area and give it significant tax breaks as the new investment by the automaker will create 3,000 new jobs.

However, the tax abatement plan still needs to be voted on by a state board. On Thursday, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development board, or GOED. Members include Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo, Lieutenant Governor Stavros Anthony, Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar, along with six other people within the private sector, the Las Vegas Review-Journal said.

The vote is set to take place just three days after the details of the potential abatement plan were made public. A nondisclosure agreement or NDA was put into place, and some were critical of Tesla’s use of an NDA to keep the details private.

Senator Dina Neal said last week that NDAs “shouldn’t protect large corporations and prevent the legislature and the public from understanding the full impact of taxes that would be abated to make an economic development deal.”

On Monday, after details of the abatement package were released, Neal continued to criticize the short timeframe between the vote and the tax breaks being made public, calling it “insufficient.” Neal’s concerns are based on the fact that there may not be adequate time to see how this massive abatement package could affect other things, like housing supply, public schools and safety, and “other vital government services in the region,” she said in a statement.

Tesla received nearly $1.3 billion in incentives in 2014 that were spread over 20 years. The first round of abatements was said to have a “positive” impact on the region, according to Storey County Manager Austin Osborne.

“We believe under the first Gigafactory that those abatements were beneficial to the region in northern Nevada. They provided jobs, employment and careers and significant regional fiscal impacts that are positive,” Osborne said.

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Joey Klender: Joey has been a journalist covering electric mobility at TESLARATI since August 2019. In his time at TESLARATI, Joey has broken several big stories, including the first images of the Tesla Model S Plaid, the imminent release of the 4680 Model Y through EPA certification, and several expansions to the Lucid AMP-1 factory in Arizona, to name a few. His stories have been featured in several publications, including Yahoo! Finance, Fox News, CNET, and Seeking Alpha. In his spare time, Joey is playing golf, watching MMA, or cheering on any of his favorite sports teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, Miami Heat, Washington Capitals, and Penn State Nittany Lions. You can get in touch with joey at joey@teslarati.com. He is also on Twitter @KlenderJoey.
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