Industrial Commerical Incentive Program

The Industrial and Commercial Incentive Program (ICIP) converted into the Industrial and Commercial Abatement Program (ICAP) in 2008

The most expensive economic development subsidy program in New York City is the ICIP program that costs $685.8 million according to the city's 2015 Tax Expenditure Report. It is intended to stimulate economic development by offering “as-of-right” property tax exemptions and abatements for eligible industrial and commercial buildings that are built, modernized, rehabilitated, expanded, or otherwise physically improved.  Eligibility and value of tax break are based on the location and type of project. The program is structured to incentivize industrial projects throughout the entire city, while there are some geographic restrictions for commercial and retail projects. 

The ICIP program was converted in 2008 to the Industrial Commericial Abatement Program  when the legislature reformed the program . The New York City Department of Finance, the agency that administers the program, has a description of the changes and downloadable database of properties participating in the program. In 2015, the tax expenditure of the ICAP program was $14.3 million.

Through a Freedom of Information Law request, Good Jobs New York obtained a database of ICIP recipients from fiscal years 2011 and 2012, that includes the property owner name and the address block and lot. We have uploaded this information in our Database of DealsIn April 2013, The New York World helped uncover the top 20 beneficiaries of the costly ICIP program in its investigative piece, Night of the Living Tax Break [see also related news in Crain's Insider, August 2013. 

Also in 2013, for the first time during the Bloomberg Administration, the New York City Department of Finance released its required annual report to the New York City Council on the status of the ICIP program and a review of its effects on the city.

A timeline of events in 2008 that lead to reforms in the program:

May 2008 - The Manhattan Borough President's office published a report, Senseless Subsidies, on Retail and ICIP. Read GJNY's statement.

June 2008 - New York State passed legislation authorizing these changes. Among the highlights: ICAP benefits will now be restricted for retail in Midtown Manhattan, the length of time Midtown Manhattan commercial projects are eligible for the property tax abatement will be shortened slightly, and utilities will no longer be eligible. Retail projects outside of Manhattan remain eligible for benefits, as do Midtown Manhattan properties.

August 2008 - A brief by the New York City Independent Budget Office details ICIP-ICAP changes.

September 2008 - The New York City Council's Committee on Economic Development held a hearing regarding changes to ICIP, which will now be known as ICAP. Read Good Jobs New York's statement.