DIRECTED ENERGY, OPTICS & PHOTONICS
Albuquerque is one of the only places in the world where students can begin to study optics in high school and continue on to associate programs, undergraduate, and graduate programs all the way to a Ph.D. in Optical Science and Engineering at the University of New Mexico.
World-Class Technical Support
There are many reasons why the world’s premier companies do business in Albuquerque. Here are just a few:
ABQ IS HOME TO SEVERAL LEADING RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS
37 FACULTY ENGAGED IN PHOTONICS-BASED RESEARCH
1ST FOR NON-INDUSTRY INVESTMENT IN R&D
Resources and education
- Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)
SNL is a federally funded research and development center contracted with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration to handle the nation’s nuclear security issues. A strong science, technology and engineering foundation enables Sandia’s mission through a capable research staff working at the forefront of innovation and collaborative research.
- Pulsed Power Center
is a facet of SNL’s expertise in photonics research. The Pulsed Power Center is a world leader in pulsed power science and houses some of the world’s most advanced optics equipment. This center yields technologies to create, diagnose, and model extreme radiation, high energy density environments, and inertial confinement fusion.
- Kirtland Air Force Base
Located next to the Albuquerque International Sunport, Kirtland Air Force Base occupies nearly 52,000 acres and employs more than 23,000 people.
- The University of New Mexico (UNM)
UNM offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees related to optics and photonics. The optical Science and Engineering (OSE) Program at UNM currently offers both a M.S. degree and a Ph.D. in Optical Science and Engineering. Currently there are 60 graduate students enrolled in this program.
- Center for High Technology Materials by UNM (CHTM)
CHTM is an interdisciplinary research organization located at UNM consisting of faculty and students representing several university departments like physics, manufacturing engineering, and nanoscience and microsystems to foster a culture of excellence in research, education, and entrepreneurship.
Programs and Incentives
- Directed Energy Systems Gross Receipts Tax Deduction
Contractors, other than a national laboratory, that provide qualified research and development services for directed energy and satellite-related inputs to the United States department of defense, may deduct their receipts derived from such inputs and services. This deduction only applies to contracts with the department of defense entered into on or after January 1, 2016. This credit sunsets January 1, 2031.
- Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP)
The state’s highly flexible JTIP program offers a cash reimbursement to a business for on-the-job training for qualified employees of qualified employers. Customized training may be provided by post-secondary educational institutions, company trainers, or outside trainers.
- High Wage Jobs Tax Credit
A taxpayer who is an eligible employer may apply for and receive a tax credit for each new high-wage economic-base job. The credit amount equals 8.5% of the wages paid for each new economic-base job created.
- Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit
New Mexico tax law provides for a credit equal to 5.125 %of the value of qualified equipment and other property used directly and exclusively in a manufacturing operation. The credit can be applied against compensating, gross receipts tax or withholding tax due.
- GRT Tax Deduction on Equipment and Consumables Used in the Manufacturing Process
A qualified manufacturer or manufacturing service provider may deduct 100% of the gross receipts tax or compensating tax paid on manufacturing consumables used in the manufacturing process provided the buyer delivers a NTTC to the seller.
Effective January 1, 2022, receipts from selling or leasing qualified equipment may be deducted from gross receipts if the sale is made to, or the lease is entered into with, a qualifying manufacturing operation that delivers a nontaxable transaction certificate to the seller, provided that the qualifying manufacturing operation shall not claim an investment credit for that same equipment.
- Single Sales Factor Tax Apportionment for Manufacturers
Businesses engaged in manufacturing may elect a single sales factor option for calculating their corporate income tax. This election must be made in writing and must remain in effect for at least three consecutive taxable years containing thirty-six calendar months.
- Technology Jobs and Research and Development Tax Credit
Qualified New Mexico facilities may take a credit equal to 5% (10% in rural areas) of expenditures related to qualified research for payroll, land, buildings, equipment, computer software and upgrades, consultants and contractors performing work in New Mexico, technical books, manuals and test materials. The credit may be taken against compensating tax, gross receipts tax (excluding the local options portion of the gross receipts tax), and withholding tax. The credit may be carried forward for up to three years. An additional 5%(10% total urban, 20% total rural) may be applied against corporate income tax or personal income tax if base payroll expenses increase by at least $75,000 per $1,000,000 of expenditures claimed. The additional credit may be carried forward for up to three years. Credits are not available for:
- Investments in real property owned by the city of the county in conjunction with an Industrial Revenue Bond
- Investments in personal property that have been given a credit under the Investment Credit Act
- National Laboratories
- Property owned by the tax payer or an affiliate prior to July 3, 2000
- Contract research & development
Directed energy, optics and photonics companies investing and growing in the Albuquerque metro area include: