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H.B. 55

This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 10:44 AM by lerror. -->              1     

INCOME TAX CREDIT FOR PURCHASE OF TRANSIT

             2     
PASS

             3     
2014 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

             5     
Chief Sponsor: Marie H. Poulson

             6     
Senate Sponsor: Brian E. Shiozawa

             7     
             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill enacts an individual income tax credit and provides for transfers from the
             11      General Fund into the Education Fund in the amount of tax credit claimed.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    defines terms;
             15          .    provides an individual income tax credit for the purchase of certain public transit
             16      passes;
             17          .    addresses apportionment of the tax credit;
             18          .    requires transfers from the General Fund into the Education Fund in the amount of
             19      tax credit claimed;
             20          .    grants rulemaking authority to the State Tax Commission; and
             21          .    makes technical and conforming changes.
             22      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             23          None
             24      Other Special Clauses:
             25          This bill has retrospective operation for a taxable year beginning on or after January 1,
             26      2014.
             27      Utah Code Sections Affected:


             28      AMENDS:
             29           59-10-1002.2 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 302
             30      ENACTS:
             31           59-10-1032 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32     
             33      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             34          Section 1. Section 59-10-1002.2 is amended to read:
             35           59-10-1002.2. Apportionment of tax credits.
             36          (1) A nonresident individual or a part-year resident individual that claims a tax credit
             37      in accordance with Section 59-10-1017 , 59-10-1018 , 59-10-1019 , 59-10-1021 , 59-10-1022 ,
             38      59-10-1023 , 59-10-1024 , [or] 59-10-1028 , or 59-10-1032 may only claim an apportioned
             39      amount of the tax credit equal to:
             40          (a) for a nonresident individual, the product of:
             41          (i) the state income tax percentage for the nonresident individual; and
             42          (ii) the amount of the tax credit that the nonresident individual would have been
             43      allowed to claim but for the apportionment requirements of this section; or
             44          (b) for a part-year resident individual, the product of:
             45          (i) the state income tax percentage for the part-year resident individual; and
             46          (ii) the amount of the tax credit that the part-year resident individual would have been
             47      allowed to claim but for the apportionment requirements of this section.
             48          (2) A nonresident estate or trust that claims a tax credit in accordance with Section
             49      59-10-1017 , 59-10-1020 , 59-10-1022 , 59-10-1024 , or 59-10-1028 may only claim an
             50      apportioned amount of the tax credit equal to the product of:
             51          (a) the state income tax percentage for the nonresident estate or trust; and
             52          (b) the amount of the tax credit that the nonresident estate or trust would have been
             53      allowed to claim but for the apportionment requirements of this section.
             54          Section 2. Section 59-10-1032 is enacted to read:
             55          59-10-1032. Definitions -- Nonrefundable tax credit for purchase of a public
             56      transit pass.
             57          (1) As used in this section:
             58          (a) "Eligible public transit pass" means a fare for public transit that is:


             59          (i) purchased in a single transaction;
             60          (ii) valid for a time period of one month or more; and
             61          (iii) purchased only for one or more of the following months:
             62          (A) January;
             63          (B) February; or
             64          (C) July.
             65          (b) "Eligible public transit pass holder" means the following individuals for whom an
             66      eligible public transit pass is purchased:
             67          (i) a claimant;
             68          (ii) the claimant's spouse, if any; or
             69          (iii) an individual who the claimant claims as a dependent under Section 151, Internal
             70      Revenue Code, on the claimant's federal individual income tax return for the taxable year.
             71          (c) "Public transit" means transportation:
             72          (i) other than air transportation or water transportation;
             73          (ii) of passengers only and their incidental baggage;
             74          (iii) provided by a governmental entity; and
             75          (iv) by means other than:
             76          (A) chartered bus;
             77          (B) sightseeing bus; or
             78          (C) taxi.
             79          (2) Except as provided in Section 59-10-1002.2 , and subject to the other provisions of
             80      this section, for a taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2014, but beginning on or
             81      before December 31, 2018, a claimant may claim a nonrefundable tax credit against a tax under
             82      this chapter for the purchase of one or more eligible public transit passes for use in this state by
             83      an eligible public transit pass holder.
             84          (3) A claimant may claim a tax credit under this section for a taxable year for the
             85      purchase of one or more eligible public transit passes for use in this state by an eligible public
             86      transit pass holder if the claimant:
             87          (a) pays at least $125 for the taxable year to purchase one or more H. eligible .H public
             87a      transit passes
             88      for use by that eligible public transit pass holder;
             89          (b) includes the amount in adjusted gross income;


             90          (c) does not claim the amount as a deduction or tax credit on a state or federal
             91      individual income tax return for the taxable year, other than a tax credit under this section; and
             92          (d) does not receive reimbursement for the amount from any other person.
             93          (4) With respect to an eligible public transit pass holder, a tax credit under this section
             94      is equal to the lesser of:
             95          (a) 25% of the amount a claimant pays for that taxable year for the purchase of one or
             96      more H. eligible .H public transit passes for use in this state by that eligible public
             96a      transit pass holder; or
             97          (b) $50.
             98          (5) (a) A claimant that claims a tax credit under this section shall retain a receipt for
             99      any amount for which the claimant claims a tax credit under this section.
             100          (b) At the request of the commission, a claimant shall provide a receipt described in
             101      Subsection (5)(a) to the commission.
             102          (6) A claimant may not carry forward or carry back a tax credit under this section.
             103          (7) In accordance with any rules prescribed by the commission under Subsection (8),
             104      the commission shall transfer at least annually from the General Fund into the Education Fund
             105      an amount equal to the amount of tax credit claimed under this section.
             106          (8) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             107      commission may make rules for making a transfer from the General Fund into the Education
             108      Fund as required by Subsection (7).
             109          Section 3. Retrospective operation.
             110          This bill has retrospective operation for a taxable year beginning on or after January 1,
             111      2014.




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