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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill modifies provisions of the Renewable Energy Development Act dealing with
11 economic development incentives for alternative energy projects.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . changes the name of the Renewable Energy Development Act to the Alternative
15 Energy Development Act;
16 . provides definitions for alternative energy, alternative energy development zones,
17 and alternative energy project;
18 . provides the Governor's Office of Economic Development with criteria for
19 determining a qualifying tax credit under the act; and
20 . makes certain conforming and technical changes.
21 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
23 Other Special Clauses:
25 Utah Code Sections Affected:
27 63M-1-2801, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 198
28 63M-1-2802, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 198
29 63M-1-2803, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 198
30 63M-1-2804, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 198
31 63M-1-2805, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 198
32 63M-1-2806, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 198
34 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
35 Section 1. Section 63M-1-2801 is amended to read:
37 63M-1-2801. Title.
38 This part is known as the "[
39 Section 2. Section 63M-1-2802 is amended to read:
40 63M-1-2802. Findings.
41 (1) The Legislature finds that:
42 (a) to foster and develop the [
43 generation and manufacturing, will promote the interest of Utah's citizens in encouraging the
44 growth of the state's economy;
45 (b) Utah loses prospective high paying jobs, new economic growth, and corresponding
46 incremental new state and local revenues to competing states due to a wide variety of
47 competing [
48 (c) [
49 should be aligned and united in [
51 (2) This part is enacted to:
52 (a) increase generation of [
53 the [
54 corresponding state and local revenues by providing tax credits to attract new [
55 alternative energy projects and assist in the expansion of existing [
56 energy projects located within [
58 (b) provide a cooperative and unified working relationship between state and local
60 Section 3. Section 63M-1-2803 is amended to read:
61 63M-1-2803. Definitions.
62 As used in this part:
63 (1) (a) "Alternative energy"means:
64 (i) renewable energy that is derived from solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, or
65 hydroelectric sources; and
66 (ii) petroleum coke, shale oil, uranium, tar sands, or oil-impregnated diatomaceous
68 (b) "Alternative energy" does not mean natural gas or petroleum.
69 (2) "Alternative energy development zone" means an alternative energy development
70 zone created under Section 63M-1-2804 .
71 (3) "Alternative energy project" means a development opportunity that involves:
72 (a) utility-scale alternative energy generation;
73 (b) the extraction of alternative fuels; or
74 (c) manufacturing of equipment used directly in alternative energy generation.
76 (a) conducts business in Utah; and
77 (b) enters into an agreement with the office that qualifies the person to receive a tax
78 credit under Section 59-7-614.2 or 59-10-1107 .
80 business entity that compare favorably against the average wage of a community in which the
81 employment positions will exist.
83 (a) not shifted from one jurisdiction in the state to another jurisdiction in the state; and
84 (b) created in addition to the baseline count of employment positions that existed
85 within the business entity before the new commercial project.
87 (a) incremental new state sales and use tax revenues generated as a result of [
89 zone that a business entity pays under Title 59, Chapter 12, Sales and Use Tax Act;
90 (b) incremental new state tax revenues that a business entity pays as a result of [
92 zone under:
93 (i) Title 59, Chapter 7, Corporate Franchise and Income Taxes;
94 (ii) Title 59, Chapter 10, Part 1, Determination and Reporting of Tax Liability and
96 (iii) Title 59, Chapter 10, Part 2, Trusts and Estates;
97 (iv) Title 59, Chapter 10, Part 4, Withholding of Tax; or
98 (v) a combination of Subsections [
99 (c) incremental new state tax revenues generated as individual income taxes under
100 Title 59, Chapter 10, Part 1, Determination and Reporting of Tax Liability and Information,
101 paid by employees of the new commercial project as evidenced by payroll records from the
102 business entity; or
103 (d) a combination of Subsections [
112 (9) "Tax credit" means an economic development tax credit created by Section
113 59-7-614.2 or 59-10-1107 .
114 (10) "Tax credit amount" means the amount the office lists as a tax credit on a tax
115 credit certificate for a taxable year.
116 (11) "Tax credit certificate" means a certificate issued by the office that:
117 (a) lists the name of the applicant;
118 (b) lists the applicant's taxpayer identification number;
119 (c) lists the amount of the tax credit that the office awards the applicant for a taxable
120 year; and
121 (d) may include other information as determined by the office.
122 Section 4. Section 63M-1-2804 is amended to read:
123 63M-1-2804. Creation of alternative energy development zones -- Tax credits.
124 (1) The office, with advice from the board, may create [
125 energy development zone in the state that satisfies the following requirements:
126 (a) the area is zoned commercial, industrial, manufacturing, business park, research
127 park, or other appropriate use in a community approved master plan;
128 (b) the request to create [
129 forwarded to the office after first being approved by an appropriate local government entity;
131 (c) the local government entity has committed or will commit to provide incentives,
132 which may include an abatement of some or all of the property taxes for up to 30 years for [
134 (2) (a) By following the procedures and requirements of Title 63G, Chapter 4,
135 Administrative Procedures Act, the office shall set standards that a business entity must meet to
136 qualify for a tax credit under this part.
137 (b) The office shall ensure that those standards include the following requirements:
138 (i) the [
139 alternative energy development zone;
140 (ii) the [
141 geographic boundaries of the [
142 (iii) the [
143 (iv) the [
144 the creation of high paying jobs, or significant purchases from Utah vendors and providers, or
145 any combination of these three economic factors;
146 (v) the [
147 (vi) the business entity qualifying for the tax credit meets the requirements of Section
148 63M-1-2405 .
149 (3) (a) The office, with advice from the board[
150 (i) may enter into an agreement with a business entity authorizing a tax credit to a
151 business entity that meets the standards established under Subsection (2); and
152 (ii) shall consider economic modeling, including the costs and benefits of the
153 alternative energy project to state and local governments, in determining the tax credit amount.
154 (b) The office may not authorize or commit a tax credit to a business entity that
155 exceeds 100% of the new state revenues generated by the business entity's [
156 alternative energy project over the life of [
157 years, whichever is less.
158 (4) The office shall ensure that the agreement with the business entity that is described
159 in Subsection (3):
160 (a) details the requirements that the business entity must meet to qualify for a tax credit
161 under this part;
162 (b) specifies the maximum amount of tax credit that the business entity may earn over
163 the life of the [
164 (c) establishes the length of time the business entity may claim a tax credit;
165 (d) requires the business entity to retain records supporting its claim for a tax credit for
166 at least four years after the business entity claims a tax credit under this part; and
167 (e) requires the business entity to submit to audits for verification of the tax credit
169 Section 5. Section 63M-1-2805 is amended to read:
170 63M-1-2805. Qualifications for tax credit -- Procedure.
171 (1) The office shall certify a business entity's eligibility for a tax credit as provided in
172 this section.
173 (2) A business entity seeking to receive a tax credit shall provide the office with:
174 (a) an application for the tax credit certificate;
175 (b) documentation of the new state revenues generated from the business entity's
177 (c) a document that expressly directs and authorizes the State Tax Commission to
178 disclose to the office the business entity's returns and other information concerning the business
179 entity that would otherwise be subject to confidentiality under Section 59-1-403 or Section
180 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code.
181 (3) (a) The office shall submit the document referred to in Subsection (2)(c) to the
182 State Tax Commission.
183 (b) Upon receipt of the document, the State Tax Commission shall provide the office
184 with the information requested by the office that the business entity directed or authorized the
185 State Tax Commission to provide to the office in the document referred to in Subsection (2)(c).
186 (4) If after review of the information provided by the business entity and the State Tax
187 Commission the office determines that the documentation provided by the business entity is
188 not substantially accurate, the office shall either:
189 (a) deny the tax credit; or
190 (b) inform the business entity that the documentation was inadequate and ask the
191 business entity to submit new documentation.
192 (5) If after review of the information provided by the entity and the State Tax
193 Commission the office determines that the documentation provided by the business entity is
194 substantially accurate, the office shall, based upon the documentation:
195 (a) determine the amount of the tax credit to be granted to the business entity;
196 (b) issue a tax credit certificate to the business entity; and
197 (c) provide a duplicate copy of the tax credit certificate to the State Tax Commission.
198 (6) A business entity may not claim a tax credit under this part unless the business
199 entity has a tax credit certificate issued by the office.
200 (7) A business entity that claims the credit under this section shall retain the tax credit
201 certificate in accordance with Section 59-7-614.2 or 59-10-1107 .
202 Section 6. Section 63M-1-2806 is amended to read:
203 63M-1-2806. Report to the Legislature.
204 The office shall report annually to the Legislature's Workforce Services and Community
205 and Economic Development Interim Committee and the Utah Tax Review Commission
207 (1) its success in attracting [
208 alternative energy development zones under this part and the corresponding increase in new
209 increment jobs;
210 (2) the amount of tax credits promised and the period of time over which the tax credits
211 will be paid; and
212 (3) the economic impact on the state related to generating new state revenues and
213 providing tax credits under this part.
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-9-10 8:33 AM
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
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