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S.B. 157 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

House Sponsor: Patrick Painter

             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;
             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; and
             19          .    requires the State Tax Commission to report annually to the Legislature's Revenue
             20      and Taxation Interim Committee and the Committee to review annually the effects
             21      of equal payment agreements.
             22      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             23          None
             24      Other Special Clauses:
             25          None
             26      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             27      ENACTS:
             28          59-2-1308.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953

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

             58          (A) files for bankruptcy;
             59          (B) transfers ownership of the property that is the subject of the property taxes; or
             60          (C) has a change in ownership and the new owner does not assume all responsibility
             61      and liability under the agreement.
             62          (3) (a) The commission may revise, accelerate, or cancel an equal payment agreement
             63      under this section to the same extent and for the same reasons that the commission may revise,
             64      accelerate, or cancel an installment agreement under Section 59-1-1004 .
             65          (b) The commission shall give the taxpayer reasonable notice of its intent to revise or
             66      cancel an equal payment agreement under this section.
             67          (4) The commission shall promulgate rules to ensure that tax revenue derived from
             68      payments pursuant to an agreement under this section do not affect the calculation of the
             69      certified tax rate under Section 59-2-924 .
             70          (5) (a) The commission shall annually provide to the Revenue and Taxation Interim
             71      Committee an assessment of the effects of equal payment agreements under this section.
             72          (b) The Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee shall annually review and assess the
             73      effects of equal payment agreements under this section.

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