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Oklahoma Department of Commerce - State of Success

American Indian Lands Tax Incentive

Federal legislation clarifies the location of special American Indian lands in Oklahoma that qualify for related tax credits benefiting new and established businesses in Oklahoma.

For information contact Martin Roberts at 405-990-9147 or

A searchable online map can be found at Former Indian Reservation Lands.


More than two-thirds of the lands in Oklahoma meet the Internal Revenue Service-qualifying definition of former Indian lands and qualify for accelerated depreciation. Qualifying lands may include previous tribal land which may have been transferred to new ownership.

The depreciation incentive of the investment is for a shorter recovery period of approximately 40% for nonresidential property. Use of the accelerated depreciation schedule also requires that the depreciable property be placed in service during years 1994 through 2013.

The employment tax credit is 20% of increased wages over those paid to qualified individuals in 1993, including health insurance premiums paid by the employer. Wages of individuals eligible for the employment tax credit may not exceed $30,000 indexed after 1993, and the credit is applicable to new wages of up to $20,000 for years 1994 through 2013. The indexed wage level for 2013 is $45,000.


This incentive has been approved through December 31, 2017.  Congress must approve extension of the date.

The materials contained on this website have been prepared by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal or tax advice. This information is subject to change based on judicial interpretation and legislative action. The application of the information is subject to your unique facts and circumstances. YOU SHOULD NOT ACT UPON ANY INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THESE MATERIALS WITHOUT SEEKING YOUR OWN PROFESSIONAL LEGAL AND TAX ADVICE.


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