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First Substitute S.B. 157


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House Floor Amendments 3-3-2011 le/rhr
This document includes Senate 3rd Reading Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 11:14 AM by rday. --> This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 11:07 AM by jeyring. --> This document includes House Committee Amendments (CORRECTED) incorporated into the bill on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 3:40 PM by jeyring. --> This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 11:22 AM by lerror. -->
Senator Curtis S. Bramble proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
PROPERTY TAX REVISIONS

             2     
2011 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

             5     
House Sponsor: Patrick Painter

             6     

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill enacts a provision relating to property taxes.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    authorizes the State Tax Commission to enter into agreements with commercial or
             13      industrial taxpayers providing for equal property tax payments if specified
             14      conditions are met;
             15          .    authorizes the commission to revise, accelerate, or cancel equal payment
             16      agreements for specified reasons; H. [ and ] .H
             17          .    requires the State Tax Commission to promulgate rules to ensure that payments
             18      under an equal payment contract do not affect the certified tax rate calculation H. [ . ] ; and
             18a          . require the State Tax Commission to report annually to the Legislature's Revenue
             18b      and Taxation Interim Committee and the Committee to review annually the effects of equal
             18c      payment agreements. .H
             19      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      ENACTS:
             25          59-2-1308.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953



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Corrected House Committee Amendments 3-2-2011 je/rhr

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Senate 3rd Reading Amendments 2-24-2011 rd/rhr
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             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             28          Section 1. Section 59-2-1308.5 is enacted to read:
             29          59-2-1308.5. Equal payment agreements.
             30          (1) H. (a) .H The commission may enter into an agreement with a commercial or
             30a      industrial
             31      taxpayer S. [ assessed by the commission ] .S to provide for equal, or approximately equal,
             31a      property tax
             32      payments over a reasonable period of years, not to exceed S. [ five ] H. [ ten ] 20 .H .S years,
             32a      if:
             33           H. [ (a) ] (i) .H the payment schedule is based on an accepted valuation methodology that
             34      reasonably estimates the property's anticipated fair market value over the period of the
             35      proposed equal payments;
             36           H. [ (b) ] (ii) .H the agreement includes a provision making the initial equal payment
             36a      schedule
             37      subject to an annual adjustment, as necessary, to account for differences between the property's
             38      fair market value as of the annual lien date and the property's fair market value that formed the
             39      basis of the initial equal payment schedule;
             40           H. [ (c) ] (iii) .H the commission, the taxpayer, and each affected H. [ county ]
             40a      taxing entity .H approve the agreement; and
             41           H. [ (d) ] (iv) .H the total amount the taxpayer pays under the agreement is no less
             41a      than the amount
             42      the taxpayer would have paid in the absence of the agreement.
             42a      H. (b) A taxing entity may not approve an agreement under this section on behalf of
             42b      another taxing entity. .H
             43          (2) (a) Subject to Subsection (2)(b), a tax lien under this chapter against the taxpayer's
             44      property is not affected by a payment pursuant to an agreement under this section to the extent
             45      of the difference between the amount the taxpayer would have been required to pay in the
             46      absence of the agreement and the amount of the payment under the agreement.
             47          (b) For purposes of enforcing a tax lien under this chapter, a taxpayer's failure to pay
             48      the full amount of taxes that the taxpayer would have been required to pay in the absence of an
             49      agreement under this section does not constitute a failure to pay the full amount of taxes owing:
             50          (i) if the taxpayer pays the full amount of the payment owing under the agreement; and
             51          (ii) unless the taxpayer:
             52          (A) files for bankruptcy;
             53          (B) transfers ownership of the property that is the subject of the property taxes; or
             54          (C) has a change in ownership and the new owner does not assume all responsibility
             55      and liability under the agreement.
             56          (3) (a) The commission may revise, accelerate, or cancel an equal payment agreement



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House Floor Amendments 3-3-2011 le/rhr
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     under this section to the same extent and for the same reasons that the commission may revise,
             58      accelerate, or cancel an installment agreement under Section 59-1-1004 .
             59          (b) The commission shall give the taxpayer reasonable notice of its intent to revise or
             60      cancel an equal payment agreement under this section.
             61          (4) The commission shall promulgate rules to ensure that tax revenue derived from
             62      payments pursuant to an agreement under this section do not affect the calculation of the
             63      certified tax rate under Section 59-2-924 .
             63a      H. (5)(a) The commission shall annually provide to the Revenue and Taxation Interim
             63b      Committee an assessment of the effects of equal payment agreements under this section.
             63c          (b) The Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee shall annually review and assess the
             63d      effects of equal payment agreements under this section. .H


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