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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES ACT

             2     
AMENDMENTS

             3     
2010 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

             5     
Chief Sponsor: C. Brent Wallis

             6     
Senate Sponsor: Jerry W. Stevenson

             7      Cosponsors:
             8      Laura BlackNeil A. Hansen
Steven R. MascaroChristine F. Watkins              9     
             10      LONG TITLE
             11      Committee Note:
             12          The Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Interim
             13      Committee recommended this bill.
             14      General Description:
             15          This bill modifies provisions of the Economic Development Incentives Act related to
             16      significant capital investment and requirements for receiving a tax credit under the Act.
             17      Highlighted Provisions:
             18          This bill:
             19          .    defines "significant capital investment" for purposes of the Economic Development
             20      Incentives Act to be an amount of at least $10,000,000 to purchase a capital asset or
             21      fixed asset; and
             22          .    requires an applicant for a tax credit under the Act to provide the Governor's Office
             23      of Economic Development with documentation that it has satisfied the performance
             24      benchmarks required under the Act, including significant capital investment, the
             25      creation of high paying jobs, significant purchases from Utah vendors or providers,
             26      or any combination of these economic factors.
             27      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:


             28          None
             29      Other Special Clauses:
             30          None
             31      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             32      AMENDS:
             33          63M-1-2403, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 372
             34          63M-1-2405, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 372
             35     
             36      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             37          Section 1. Section 63M-1-2403 is amended to read:
             38           63M-1-2403. Definitions.
             39          As used in this part:
             40          (1) "Business entity" means a person that enters into an agreement with the office to
             41      initiate a new commercial project in Utah that will qualify the person to receive a tax credit
             42      under Section 59-7-614.2 or 59-10-1107 .
             43          (2) "Development zone" means an economic development zone created under Section
             44      63M-1-2404 .
             45          (3) "High paying jobs" means the annual wages of employment positions in a business
             46      entity that compare favorably against the average wage of a community in which the
             47      employment positions will exist.
             48          (4) (a) "New commercial project" means an economic development opportunity that
             49      involves new or expanded industrial, manufacturing, distribution, or business services in Utah.
             50          (b) "New commercial project" does not include retail business.
             51          (5) "New incremental jobs" means employment positions that are:
             52          (a) not shifted from one jurisdiction in the state to another jurisdiction in the state; and
             53          (b) created in addition to the baseline count of employment positions that existed
             54      within the business entity before the new commercial project.
             55          (6) "New state revenues" means:
             56          (a) incremental new state sales and use tax revenues that a business entity pays under
             57      Title 59, Chapter 12, Sales and Use Tax Act, as a result of a new commercial project in a
             58      development zone;


             59          (b) incremental new state tax revenues, if any, that a business entity pays as a result of
             60      a new commercial project in a development zone under:
             61          (i) Title 59, Chapter 7, Corporate Franchise and Income Taxes;
             62          [(i)] (ii) Title 59, Chapter 10, Part 1, Determination and Reporting of Tax Liability and
             63      Information;
             64          [(ii)] (iii) Title 59, Chapter 10, Part 2, Trusts and Estates;
             65          [(iii)] (iv) Title 59, Chapter 10, Part 4, Withholding of Tax; or
             66          [(iv) Title 59, Chapter 7, Corporate Franchise and Income Taxes; or]
             67          [(v)] (v) a combination of Subsections (6)(b)(i) through (iv);
             68          (c) incremental new state tax revenues paid as individual income taxes under Title 59,
             69      Chapter 10, Part 1, Determination and Reporting of Tax Liability and Information, by
             70      employees of the new commercial project as evidenced by payroll records that indicate the
             71      amount of employee income taxes withheld and transmitted to the State Tax Commission by
             72      the business entity; or
             73          (d) a combination of Subsections (6)(a) through (c).
             74          (7) "Office" means the Governor's Office of Economic Development.
             75          (8) "Significant capital investment" means an amount of at least $10,000,000 to
             76      purchase a capital asset or a fixed asset:
             77          (a) with the primary purpose of the investment to increase a business entity's rate at
             78      which it produces goods based on output per unit of labor;
             79          (b) that represents an expansion of existing Utah operations; and
             80          (c) that maintains or increases the business entity's existing Utah work force.
             81          [(8)] (9) "Tax credit" means an economic development tax credit created by Section
             82      59-7-614.2 or 59-10-1107 .
             83          [(9)] (10) "Tax credit amount" means the amount the office lists as a tax credit on a tax
             84      credit certificate for a taxable year.
             85          [(10)] (11) "Tax credit certificate" means a certificate issued by the office that:
             86          (a) lists the name of the applicant;
             87          (b) lists the applicant's taxpayer identification number;
             88          (c) lists the amount of tax credit that the office awards the applicant for the taxable
             89      year; and


             90          (d) may include other information as determined by the office.
             91          Section 2. Section 63M-1-2405 is amended to read:
             92           63M-1-2405. Qualifications for tax credit -- Procedure.
             93          (1) The office shall certify a business entity's eligibility for a tax credit as provided in
             94      this section.
             95          (2) A business entity seeking to receive a tax credit shall provide the office with:
             96          (a) an application for a tax credit certificate;
             97          (b) documentation of the new state revenues from the business entity's new commercial
             98      project that were paid during the preceding calendar year; [and]
             99          (c) a document that expressly directs and authorizes the State Tax Commission to
             100      disclose the business entity's returns and other information concerning the business entity that
             101      would otherwise be subject to confidentiality under Section 59-1-403 or Section 6103, Internal
             102      Revenue Code, to the office[.]; and
             103          (d) documentation that the business entity has satisfied the performance benchmarks
             104      outlined in the agreement described in Subsection 63M-1-2404 (3)(a), including:
             105          (i) significant capital investment:
             106          (ii) the creation of high paying jobs;
             107          (iii) significant purchases from Utah vendors and providers; or
             108          (iv) any combination of Subsections (2)(d)(i), (ii), and (iii).
             109          (3) (a) The office shall submit the document described in Subsection (2)(c) to the State
             110      Tax Commission.
             111          (b) Upon receipt of the document described in Subsection (2)(c), the State Tax
             112      Commission shall provide the office with the information requested by the office that the
             113      business entity directed or authorized the State Tax Commission to provide to the office in the
             114      document described in Subsection (2)(c).
             115          (4) If, after review of the information provided by the State Tax Commission, the
             116      office determines that the documentation provided by the business entity is inadequate to
             117      provide a reasonable justification for authorizing a tax credit, the office shall either:
             118          (a) deny the tax credit; or
             119          (b) inform the business entity that the documentation was inadequate and ask the
             120      business entity to submit new documentation.


             121          (5) If after review of the information provided by the State Tax Commission, the office
             122      determines that the documentation provided by the business entity provides reasonable
             123      justification for authorizing a tax credit, the office shall, based upon the documentation:
             124          (a) determine the amount of the tax credit to be granted to the business entity;
             125          (b) issue a tax credit certificate to the business entity; and
             126          (c) provide a duplicate copy of the tax credit certificate to the State Tax Commission.
             127          (6) A business entity may not claim a tax credit unless the business entity has a tax
             128      credit certificate issued by the office.
             129          (7) (a) A business entity may claim a tax credit in the amount listed on the tax credit
             130      certificate on its tax return.
             131          (b) A business entity that claims a tax credit under this section shall retain the tax
             132      credit certificate in accordance with Section 59-7-614.2 or 59-10-1107 .




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