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7 This act modifies the Corporate Franchise and Income Taxes Act to define terms, to amend
8 the exemption from state corporate franchise and income taxes for certain cooperatives, and
9 to make technical changes. This act has an immediate effective date. This act has
10 retrospective operation for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2002.
11 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
13 59-7-101, as last amended by Chapter 331, Laws of Utah 1997
14 59-7-102, as last amended by Chapter 331, Laws of Utah 1997
15 59-7-402, as last amended by Chapters 20 and 311, Laws of Utah 1995
16 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
17 Section 1. Section 59-7-101 is amended to read:
18 59-7-101. Definitions.
19 As used in this chapter:
20 (1) "Adjusted income" means unadjusted income as modified by Sections 59-7-105 and
21 59-7-106 .
22 (2) (a) "Affiliated group" means one or more chains of corporations that are connected
23 through stock ownership with a common parent corporation that meet the following requirements:
24 (i) at least 80% of the stock of each of the corporations in the group, excluding the
25 common parent corporation, is owned by one or more of the other corporations in the group; and
26 (ii) the common parent directly owns at least 80% of the stock of at least one of the
27 corporations in the group.
28 (b) "Affiliated group" does not include corporations that are qualified to do business but
29 are not otherwise doing business in this state.
30 (c) For purposes of this Subsection (2), "stock" does not include nonvoting stock which
31 is limited and preferred as to dividends.
32 (3) "Apportionable income" means adjusted income less nonbusiness income net of related
33 expenses, to the extent included in adjusted income.
34 (4) "Apportioned income" means apportionable income multiplied by the apportionment
35 fraction as determined in Section 59-7-311 .
36 (5) "Business income" means income as defined in Section 59-7-302 .
37 (6) "Corporate return" or "return" includes a combined report.
38 (7) (a) "Common ownership" means the direct or indirect control or ownership of more
39 than 50% of the outstanding voting stock of:
40 (i) a parent-subsidiary controlled group as defined in Section 1563, Internal Revenue Code,
41 except that 50% shall be substituted for 80%;
42 (ii) a brother-sister controlled group as defined in Section 1563, Internal Revenue Code,
43 except that 50% shall be substituted for 80%; or
44 (iii) three or more corporations each of which is a member of a group of corporations
45 described in Subsection (2)(a)(i) or (2)(a)(ii), and one of which is:
46 (A) a common parent corporation included in a group of corporations described in
47 Subsection (2)(a)(i); and
48 (B) included in a group of corporations described in Subsection (2)(a)(ii).
49 (b) Ownership of outstanding voting stock shall be determined by Section 1563, Internal
50 Revenue Code.
51 (8) "Corporation" includes:
52 (a) entities defined as corporations under Sections 7701(a) and 7704, Internal Revenue
53 Code; and
54 (b) other organizations that are taxed as corporations for federal income tax purposes under
55 the Internal Revenue Code.
56 (9) "Dividend" means any distribution, including money or other type of property, made
57 by a corporation to its shareholders out of its earnings or profits accumulated after December 31,
59 (10) (a) "Doing business" includes any transaction in the course of its business by a
60 domestic corporation, or by a foreign corporation qualified to do or doing intrastate business in this
62 (b) Except as provided in Subsection 59-7-102 (2), "doing business" includes:
63 (i) the right to do business through incorporation or qualification[
64 (ii) the owning, renting, or leasing of real or personal property within this state[
65 (iii) the participation in joint ventures, working and operating agreements, the performance
66 of which takes place in this state.
67 (11) "Domestic corporation" means a corporation [
68 under the laws of this state.
69 (12) (a) "Farmers' cooperative" means an association, corporation, or other organization
70 that is:
71 (i) (A) an association, corporation, or other organization of:
72 (I) farmers; or
73 (II) fruit growers; or
74 (B) an association, corporation, or other organization that is similar to an association,
75 corporation, or organization described in Subsection (12)(a)(i)(A); and
76 (ii) organized and operated on a cooperative basis to:
77 (A) (I) market the products of members of the cooperative or the products of other
78 producers; and
79 (II) return to the members of the cooperative or other producers the proceeds of sales less
80 necessary marketing expenses on the basis of the quantity of the products of a member or producer
81 or the value of the products of a member or producer; or
82 (B) (I) purchase supplies and equipment for the use of members of the cooperative or other
83 persons; and
84 (II) turn over the supplies and equipment described in Subsection (12)(a)(ii)(B)(I) at actual
85 costs plus necessary expenses to the members of the cooperative or other persons.
86 (b) (i) Subject to Subsection (12)(b)(ii), for purposes of this Subsection (12), the
87 commission by rule, made in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative
88 Rulemaking Act, shall define:
89 (A) the terms:
90 (I) "member"; and
91 (II) "producer"; and
92 (B) what constitutes an association, corporation, or other organization that is similar to
93 an association, corporation, or organization described in Subsection (12)(a)(i)(A).
94 (ii) The rules made under this Subsection (12)(b) shall be consistent with the filing
95 requirements under federal law for a farmers' cooperative.
97 organized under the laws of this state.
99 (i) is incorporated in the United States[
100 (ii) 80% or more of whose business activity, as determined under Section 59-7-401 , is
101 conducted outside the United States.
102 (b) "Foreign operating company" does not include a corporation [
103 the Puerto Rico and Possession Tax Credit as provided in Section 936, Internal Revenue Code.
105 Internal Revenue Code.
108 during the year in which Utah taxable income is determined.
111 the last day of the taxable year of the S corporation, is:
112 (a) an individual not domiciled in Utah; or
113 (b) a nonresident trust or nonresident estate, as defined in Section 59-10-103 .
115 (a) expenses directly attributable to nonbusiness income; and
116 (b) the portion of interest or other expense indirectly attributable to both nonbusiness and
117 business income which bears the same ratio to the aggregate amount of such interest or other
118 expense, determined without regard to this Subsection (20), as the average amount of the asset
119 producing the nonbusiness income bears to the average amount of all assets of the taxpayer within
120 the taxable year.
122 a nonresident shareholder.
124 Internal Revenue Code.
126 Section 168, Internal Revenue Code.
128 Columbia and "United States" includes the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
130 calendar year upon the basis of which the adjusted income is computed[
131 (b) In the case of a return made for a fractional part of a year under this chapter or under
132 rules prescribed by the commission, "taxable year" includes the period for which such return is
136 States equal to or greater than 20% of the corporation's total business activity as determined under
137 Section 59-7-401 .
139 return basis before intercompany eliminations as determined by the Internal Revenue Code, before
140 the net operating loss deduction and special deductions for dividends received.
142 (i) are related through common ownership; and
143 (ii) are economically interdependent with one another as demonstrated by the following
145 (A) centralized management;
146 (B) functional integration; or
147 (C) economies of scale.
148 (b) "Unitary group" does not include S corporations.
150 loss deduction, if determined to be less than zero.
152 taxable years [
153 accordance with Section 59-7-110 .
155 deduction less Utah net loss deduction.
156 (b) "Utah taxable income" includes income from tangible or intangible property located
157 or having situs in this state, regardless of whether carried on in intrastate, interstate, or foreign
160 plus nonbusiness income allocable to Utah net of related expenses.
162 activities of:
163 (i) all members of a unitary group [
164 (A) corporations organized or incorporated in the United States, including those
165 corporations qualifying for the Puerto Rico and Possession Tax Credit as provided in Section 936,
166 Internal Revenue Code, in accordance with Subsection [
167 (B) corporations organized or incorporated outside of the United States meeting the
168 threshold level of business activity; and
169 (ii) an affiliated group electing to file a water's edge combined report under Subsection
170 59-7-402 (2).
171 (b) There is a rebuttable presumption that a corporation which qualifies for the Puerto Rico
172 and Possession Tax Credit provided in Section 936, Internal Revenue Code, is part of a unitary
175 activities of all members of a unitary group irrespective of the country in which the corporations
176 are incorporated or conduct business activity.
177 Section 2. Section 59-7-102 is amended to read:
178 59-7-102. Exemptions.
179 (1) Except as provided in [
180 (a) [
181 Internal Revenue Code[
183 (b) [
186 (c) an insurance [
187 insurance company's premiums under [
188 (d) a building [
189 (e) a farmers' cooperative.
190 (2) Notwithstanding any other provision in [
191 Receipts Tax on Certain Corporations Not Required to Pay Corporate Franchise or Income Tax,
192 a person not otherwise subject to the tax imposed by this chapter or Chapter 8 [
195 (a) that person's ownership of tangible personal property located at the premises of a
196 printer's facility in this state with which the person has contracted for printing; or
197 (b) the activities of the person's employees or agents who are:
198 (i) located solely at the premises of a printer's facility; and [
199 (ii) performing services:
200 (A) related to:
201 (I) quality control[
202 (II) distribution[
203 (III) printing services; and
204 (B) performed by the printer's facility in this state with which the person has contracted
205 for printing.
206 (3) Notwithstanding Subsection (1), an organization, company, authority, or farmers'
207 cooperative exempt from this chapter under Subsection (1) is subject to Part 8, Unrelated Business
208 Income, to the extent provided in Part 8.
209 (4) Notwithstanding Subsection (1)(b), to the extent the income of an organization
210 described in Subsection (1)(b) is taxable for federal tax purposes under Section 528, Internal
211 Revenue Code, the organization's income is also taxable under this chapter.
212 Section 3. Section 59-7-402 is amended to read:
213 59-7-402. Water's edge combined report.
214 (1) Except as provided in Section 59-7-403 , if any corporation listed in Subsection
215 59-7-101 [
216 combined report.
217 (2) (a) A group of corporations that are not otherwise a unitary group may elect to file a
218 water's edge combined report if each member of the group is:
219 (i) doing business in Utah;
220 (ii) part of the same affiliated group; and
221 (iii) qualified, under Section 1501, Internal Revenue Code, to file a federal consolidated
223 (b) Each corporation within the affiliated group that is doing business in Utah must
224 consent to filing a combined report. If an affiliated group elects to file a combined report, each
225 corporation within the affiliated group that is doing business in Utah must file a combined report.
226 (c) Corporations that elect to file a water's edge combined report under this section may
227 not thereafter elect to file a separate return without the consent of the commission.
228 Section 4. Effective date.
229 If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this act takes effect
230 upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
231 Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto, the
232 date of veto override.
233 Section 5. Retrospective operation.
234 This act has retrospective operation for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2002.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-9-02 3:58 PM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.