Chief Sponsor: Robert M. Spendlove

Senate Sponsor: ____________


9     General Description:
10          This bill enacts a state earned income tax credit.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This bill:
13          ▸     defines terms;
14          ▸     enacts a refundable state earned income tax credit for certain individuals who are
15     experiencing intergenerational poverty;
16          ▸     requires the Department of Workforce Services to notify individuals who are
17     experiencing intergenerational poverty of the state earned income tax credit and to
18     provide certain information about those individuals to the State Tax Commission;
19          ▸     provides for apportionment of the tax credit;
20          ▸     addresses the time period for the State Tax Commission to issue a refund of the
21     state earned income tax credit;
22          ▸     addresses the State Tax Commission's use of the report provided by the Department
23     of Workforce Services; and
24          ▸     requires transfers from the General Fund to reimburse the Education Fund for the
25     amount of the tax credit claimed.
26     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
27          None

28     Other Special Clauses:
29          This bill provides a special effective date.
30     Utah Code Sections Affected:
31     AMENDS:
32          59-10-529.1, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 369
33     ENACTS:
34          35A-9-214, Utah Code Annotated 1953
35          59-10-1102.1, Utah Code Annotated 1953
36          59-10-1112, Utah Code Annotated 1953

38     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
39          Section 1. Section 35A-9-214 is enacted to read:
40          35A-9-214. Tax credit notification -- Intergenerational poverty report to tax
41     commission.
42          (1) As used in this section, "commission" means the State Tax Commission.
43          (2) (a) On or before January 31, the department shall provide notice of the tax credit
44     available under Section 59-10-1112 to an individual who the department identifies as
45     experiencing intergenerational poverty due to:
46          (i) the individual's receipt of public assistance during the previous calendar year;
47          (ii) the individual's receipt of public assistance for not less than 12 months since the
48     individual reached age 18; and
49          (iii) the individual's or the individual's family's receipt of public assistance for not less
50     than 12 months during the individual's childhood.
51          (b) The notice described in Subsection (2)(a) shall explain the eligibility requirements
52     and the method for claiming a tax credit under Section 59-10-1112.
53          (3) (a) On or before March 1, the department shall provide the commission with an
54     electronic report stating, for each individual to whom the department sent the notice described
55     in Subsection (2):
56          (i) the name of the individual; and
57          (ii) the social security number of the individual.
58          (b) The department and the commission shall provide for the security and

59     confidentiality of the information contained in the electronic report.
60          Section 2. Section 59-10-529.1 is amended to read:
61          59-10-529.1. Time period for commission to issue a refund.
62          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), the commission may not issue a refund
63     before March 1.
64          (2) The commission may issue a refund before March 1 if, before March 1, the
65     commission determines that:
66          (a) (i) an employer has filed the one or more forms in accordance with Subsection
67     59-10-406(8) the employer is required to file with respect to an individual; and
68          (ii) for a refund of a tax credit described in Section 59-10-1112, the Department of
69     Workforce Services has submitted the electronic report required by Section 35A-9-214; and
70          (b) the individual has filed a return in accordance with this chapter.
71          Section 3. Section 59-10-1102.1 is enacted to read:
72          59-10-1102.1. Apportionment of tax credit.
73          A nonresident individual or a part-year resident individual who claims the tax credit
74     described in Section 59-10-1112 may only claim an apportioned amount of the tax credit equal
75     to the product of:
76          (1) the state income tax percentage for a nonresident individual or the state income tax
77     percentage for a part-year resident individual; and
78          (2) the amount of the tax credit that the nonresident individual or the part-year resident
79     individual would have been allowed to claim but for the apportionment requirement of this
80     section.
81          Section 4. Section 59-10-1112 is enacted to read:
82          59-10-1112. Refundable state earned income tax credit -- Definition -- Tax credit
83     calculation -- Transfers from General Fund.
84          (1) As used in this section:
85          (a) "Department" means the Department of Workforce Services created in Section
86     35A-1-103.
87          (b) "Federal earned income tax credit" means the federal earned income tax credit
88     described in Section 32, Internal Revenue Code.
89          (c) "Intergenerational poverty" means the same as that term is defined in Section

90     35A-9-102.
91          (d) "Qualifying claimant" means a resident or nonresident individual who:
92          (i) is identified by the department as experiencing intergenerational poverty; and
93          (ii) claimed the federal earned income tax credit for the previous taxable year.
94          (2) Except as provided in Section 59-10-1102.1, a qualifying claimant may claim a
95     refundable earned income tax credit equal to 10% of the amount of the federal earned income
96     tax credit that the qualifying claimant was entitled to claim on a federal income tax return in
97     the previous taxable year.
98          (3) (a) The commission shall use the electronic report described in Section 35A-9-214
99     to verify that a qualifying claimant is identified as experiencing intergenerational poverty.
100          (b) The commission may not use the electronic report described in Section 35A-9-214
101     for any other purpose.
102          (4) (a) The Division of Finance shall transfer at least annually from the General Fund
103     into the Education Fund an amount equal to the amount of tax credit claimed under this
104     section.
105          (b) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
106     commission may make rules for making the transfer described in Subsection (4)(a).
107          Section 5. Effective date.
108          This bill takes effect for a taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2020.