Utah Department of Administrative Services Division of Administrative Rules

File No. 35382

This rule was published in the November 15, 2011, issue (Vol. 2011, No. 22) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Tax Commission, Auditing

Section R865-6F-28

Enterprise Zone Corporate Franchise Tax Credits Pursuant to Utah Code Ann. Sections 63M-1-401 through 63M-1-416

Notice of Proposed Rule

(Amendment)

DAR File No.: 35382
Filed: 10/27/2011 02:03:00 PM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

The proposed amendment is required to implement H.B. 17 from the 2011 General Session.

Summary of the rule or change:

The proposed amendment deletes language relating to employer reports to the Department of Workforce Services since the statutory requirements for those reports has been repealed in H.B. 17 (2011). In addition, because that legislation also provides that a business entity may not claim enterprise zone credits if the business entity is primarily engaged in retail trade, the proposed amendment states that a business entity is primarily engaged in retail trade if the retail trade operations constitute more than 50% of the entity´┐Żs total operations.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Sections 63M-1-401 through 63M-1-416

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

None--Any impact would have been considered in H.B. 17 (2011).

local governments:

None--Any impact would have been considered in H.B. 17 (2011).

small businesses:

None--Any impact would have been considered in H.B. 17 (2011).

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

None--Any impact would have been considered in H.B. 17 (2011).

Compliance costs for affected persons:

None--Under the provisions of H.B. 17 (2011), some business entities may qualify for enterprise zone credits that previously did not qualify.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

This amendment creates no fiscal impact beyond any considered in the passage of H.B. 17 (2011).

Michael Cragun, Commissioner

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Tax Commission
Auditing
210 N 1950 W
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84134

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Christa Johnson at the above address, by phone at 801-297-3901, by FAX at 801-297-3907, or by Internet E-mail at cj@utah.gov

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:

12/15/2011

This rule may become effective on:

12/22/2011

Authorized by:

Michael Cragun, Tax Commissioner

RULE TEXT

R865. Tax Commission, Auditing.

R865-6F. Franchise Tax.

R865-6F-28. Enterprise Zone Corporate Franchise Tax Credits Pursuant to Utah Code Ann. Sections 63M-1-401 through 63M-1-416.

(1) Definitions:

(a) "Based" means exclusively stored or maintained at a facility owned by the taxpayer:

(i) that is designed, constructed, and used to store or maintain equipment:

(A) that is transported outside of the enterprise zone; and

(B) for which the credit is taken;

(ii) where the equipment is located when it is not being used at facilities outside the enterprise zone, as evidenced by invoices, equipment logs, photographs, or similar documentation; and

(iii) from where the use of the equipment is directed or managed.

(b) "Business engaged in retail trade" means a business that makes a retail sale as defined in Section 59-12-102.

(c) "Construction work" does not include facility maintenance or repair work.

(d) "Employee" means a person who qualifies as an employee under Internal Revenue Service Regulation 26 CFR 31.3401(c)(1).

(e) "Public utilities business" means a public utility under Section 54-2-1.

(f) "Qualifying investment" does not include an investment made by a member of a unitary group in plant, equipment, or other depreciable property of another member of that unitary group.

(g) "Taxpayer" means the person claiming the tax credits in section 63M-1-413.

(h) "Transfer" pursuant to Section 63M-1-411, means the relocation of assets and operations of a business, including personnel, plant, property, and equipment.

(i) "Unitary group" is as defined in Section 59-7-101.

(2) For purposes of the investment tax credit, an investment is a qualifying investment if the plant, equipment, or other depreciable property for which the credit is taken is:

(a)(i) located within the boundaries of the enterprise zone; and

(ii) used exclusively in business operations conducted within the enterprise zone; or

(b) in the case of equipment or other depreciable property, based in the enterprise zone.

(3) The following examples relate to the investment tax credit.

(a) A furniture manufacturer operates a manufacturing facility that is located in an enterprise zone. The manufacturer purchases two trucks that are used exclusively at the facility and used to pick up raw materials from suppliers, some or all of whom may be outside the enterprise zone, and to deliver finished product to final customers, some or all of whom may be outside the enterprise zone. The trucks qualify for the investment tax credit because they are used exclusively in a business operation, the furniture manufacturing facility, that is located within the enterprise zone, even if they are stored or maintained at a facility located outside of the enterprise zone.

(b) If the same manufacturer described in Subsection [(4)](3)(a) had two facilities, one located within the enterprise zone, and one located outside the enterprise zone, and used the same two trucks for the same purposes for both facilities. The trucks are not based at a facility in the enterprise zone. The trucks would not qualify for the investment tax credit because they are not used exclusively at the facility located within the enterprise zone, and are not based in the enterprise zone.

(c) A business consists of a mine office located in an enterprise zone and a mine located outside the enterprise zone. Mining equipment is used exclusively at the mine and is not based in the enterprise zone. The business may claim the investment tax credit for plant, equipment, or other depreciable property located in the mine office, but not for plant, equipment, or other depreciable property used in the mine outside the enterprise zone.

(d) A business purchases equipment such as an oil rig, which is transported outside the enterprise zone to service facilities such as oil fields. If the use of the equipment is directed or managed from the enterprise zone and the equipment returns to a facility, within the enterprise zone, that is owned by the business for regular maintenance or storage, the equipment is based in the enterprise zone and therefore qualifies for the investment tax credit.

(e) The same business described in Subsection [(4)](3)(d) purchases equipment that is primarily stored or maintained at facilities that are located outside of the enterprise zone, but which may be occasionally stored or maintained in the enterprise zone. This equipment would not be based in the enterprise zone, and would not qualify for the investment tax credit, even if the business has other facilities in the enterprise zone.

[(4) The calculation of the number of full-time positions for purposes of the credits allowed under Subsections 63M-1-413(1)(a) through (d) shall be based on the average number of employees reported to the Department of Workforce Services for the four quarters prior to the area's designation as an enterprise zone.

(5) To determine whether at least 51 percent of the business firm's employees reside in the county in which the enterprise zone is located, the business firm shall consider every employee reported to the Department of Workforce Services for the tax year for which an enterprise zone credit is sought.

(6)](4) A business [firm]entity that conducts non-retail operations and is engaged in retail trade [qualifies for the credits under Section 63M-1-413]is primarily engaged in retail trade if the retail trade operations constitute [a de minimis portion]more than 50% of the business [firm's]entity's total operations.

[(7)](5) An employee whose duties include both non-construction work and construction work does not perform a construction job if the construction work performed by the employee constitutes a de minimis portion of the employee's total duties.

[(8)](6) Corporate franchise tax credits may not be used to offset or reduce the $100 minimum tax per corporation.

[(9)](7) Records and supporting documentation shall be maintained for three years after the date any returns are filed to support the credits taken. For example: If credits are originally taken in 1988 and unused portions are carried forward to 1992, records to support the original credits taken in 1988 must be maintained for three years after the date the 1992 return is filed.

[(10)](8) If an enterprise zone designation is revoked prior to the expiration of the period for which it was designated, only tax credits earned prior to the loss of that designation will be allowed.

 

KEY: taxation, franchises, historic preservation, trucking industries

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [August 11, ]2011

Notice of Continuation: March 8, 2007

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 9-2-401 through 9-2-415; 16-10a-1501 through 16-10a-1533; 53B-8a-112; 59-1-1301 through 59-1-1309; 59-6-102; 59-7; 59-7-101; 59-7-102; 59-7-104 through 59-7-106; 59-7-108; 59-7-109; 59-7-110; 59-7-112; 59-7-302 through 59-7-321; 59-7-402; 59-7-403; 59-7-501; 59-7-502; 59-7-505; 59-7-601 through 59-7-614; 59-7-608; 59-7-701; 59-7-703; 59-10-603; 59-13-202; 59-13-301; 63M-1; 63M-1-401 through 63M-1-416

 


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