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NY State Introduces Commercial Security Tax Credit in 2024-'25 Budget

Posted by: Jess LeDonne & Alexandra Justis

Published: May 22, 2024

The newly enacted New York State fiscal year 2024-2025 budget includes an exciting new tax credit to incentivize the investment in commercial security systems, fight retail theft, and support small business protections. The Commercial Security Tax Credit, which is available for taxable years beginning on January 1, 2024, and ending before January 1, 2026, is meant to help offset the costs associated with implementing and enhancing security efforts.

Eligible businesses can claim a credit of up to $3,000 for each business retail location operating in NY if they meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must operate one or more physical retail locations that are open to the public
  • Must have 50 or fewer employees across all locations
  • Must have qualified theft prevention expenses that exceed $4,000 (if 25 or fewer employees) or $6,000 (if more than 25 employees) for each NY retail location
  • Must file a tax return and must not owe past due local, state, or property taxes (unless adhering to a binding payment agreement)
  • Must participate in a community anti-theft partnership, which is a collaborative effort between local businesses and law enforcement agencies (details on certification requirements will be clarified by the tax commissioner in the coming months)


If a business is eligible, the tax credit can be used to offset expenses on security measures such as hiring security officers, installing security cameras and alarm systems, enhancing security lighting (interior and exterior), and adding locking mechanisms or access control systems. While there is no cap on the amount of credit that an individual business can claim, the total funding for this credit program is capped at $5 million per year across the state.

This tax credit is brand new, and additional guidance is expected soon, especially regarding the application process and the details around participation in anti-theft partnerships. We anticipate that businesses will file annual applications demonstrating eligibility and security spend each year in the fall, and we look forward to helping clients assess their eligibility. This new tax credit is a proactive and useful approach to helping small businesses safeguard their premises and inventories, and we will keep our clients informed as addition program details are released.

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Jess LeDonne & Alexandra Justis

Jess LeDonne is the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the Bonadio Group and Alexandra Justis is the Director of Marketing & Engagement for Doyle Security