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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 1055

January Session, 2017

 

LCO No. 6271

 

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Referred to Committee on FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING STRANDED TAX CREDITS AND STRATEGIC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2017) (a) As used in this section:

(1) "Accumulated credits" means the amount of credits allowed, in accordance with the provisions of section 12-217n of the general statutes, that have not been taken through an applicant's last income year completed prior to the date of an application submitted as provided in subsection (b) of this section.

(2) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development.

(b) The commissioner shall establish and administer a program to allow businesses in the state to utilize accumulated credits against the tax imposed under chapters 208 and 219 of the general statutes in exchange for capital projects, planned or underway, in the state that propose to (1) expand the scale or scope of such business, (2) increase employment at such business, or (3) generate a substantial return to the state economy. A business seeking to utilize accumulated credits under this section shall submit to the commissioner, on forms provided by the commissioner, an application that shall include, but not be limited to: (A) A detailed plan outlining the capital project, (B) the term of such project, (C) the estimated costs of such project, and (D) the amount of accumulated credits the business proposes it be allowed to utilize under this section. The commissioner shall perform an econometric analysis of each application and shall only approve an application if he or she determines that such project will generate revenues for the state that exceed the amount of the accumulated credits proposed to be utilized. The amount of such accumulated credits shall be subject to confirmation, in accordance with the provisions of title 12 of the general statutes, by the Commissioner of Revenue Services in consultation with the commissioner.

(c) The commissioner shall determine, in consultation with the Commissioner of Revenue Services, when such accumulated credits may be utilized by the business, provided the commissioner shall not approve the utilization of the accumulated credits until the capital project under subsection (b) of this section generates revenues for the state that exceed the amount of the accumulated credits proposed to be utilized.

(d) The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 of the general statutes, to implement the provisions of this section.

(e) Not later than July 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, the commissioner shall submit a report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to commerce and finance. Such report shall include (1) information on the number of applications received and the number of applications approved under this section, (2) the status of the capital projects associated with such approved applications, (3) the amount of accumulated credits that are proposed to be utilized under this section, and (4) (A) the amount and type of state revenue generated in connection with each such capital project to date, and (B) the projected amount and type of such revenue for the five succeeding fiscal years after completion of such capital project.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2017) (a) (1) As used in this section, (A) "accumulated credits" means credits allowed under sections 12-217j and 12-217n of the general statutes that have not been taken through the last income year completed prior to the date of an auction under this section, (B) "commissioner" means the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, and (C) "chief executive officer" means the chief executive officer of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated.

(2) The commissioner, in consultation with the Commissioner of Revenue Services and the chief executive officer, shall hold a Technical Education Cooperative (TEC) initiative tax credit auction and an innovation investment fund tax credit auction, at such time and as frequently as the commissioner deems appropriate and effective, to allow taxpayers with accumulated credits to utilize such credits in exchange for making an investment as provided under subsections (b) and (c) of this section.

(3) The commissioner shall specify, in consultation with the chief executive officer, for each tax credit auction, the deadline for submitting a bid and the information required to be included with such bid. Each bidder shall submit a sealed bid and the commissioner shall select, in consultation with the chief executive officer, the winning bid or bids based upon the amounts of accumulated credits the bidder proposes to exchange, the amounts the bidder proposes to invest for such exchange and any other criteria the commissioner and the chief executive officer deem appropriate to evaluate the bids, taking into consideration the total amount of investments sought, if any, from each auction.

(4) Credits allowed under this section may be claimed against the taxes imposed under chapters 207 and 219 of the general statutes and section 12-263b of the general statutes with respect to the following income years of the taxpayer: (A) With respect to the income year in which the taxpayer made the investment required under this section and the two next succeeding income years, zero per cent; and (B) with respect to the third full income year succeeding the year in which the taxpayer made the investment required under this section and the four next succeeding income years, twenty per cent.

(5) The total amount of accumulated credits exchanged in the aggregate under this section shall not exceed fifty million dollars.

(b) (1) The commissioner, in consultation with the chief executive officer, shall hold a TEC initiative tax credit auction, for which the minimum bid shall be eighty cents for each dollar of accumulated credit. The commissioner shall deposit the amount received from the auction in the TEC initiative account established pursuant to subsection (d) of this section.

(2) The commissioner shall administer, in consultation with the chief executive officer, the TEC initiative account to provide funding and expand education and training opportunities as set forth in this subdivision in order to prepare the state's workforce to fill existing and anticipated manufacturing jobs and increase the number of state high school and community college graduates with training and experience in manufacturing, computer programming, information technology and data management. Components of the TEC initiative shall include, but not be limited to:

(A) Providing funds to expand and enhance, in consultation with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Incorporated, manufacturing technology support programs and services offered to manufacturers in the state;

(B) Providing funds to expand to additional schools in the state, in consultation with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Incorporated, programs to engage and encourage students to consider a technical education as a highly successful and desirable career path;

(C) Building new, proactive partnerships with employers and manufacturers in the state by (i) establishing employer-led job pipeline initiatives in each workforce development board region in the state to match open jobs with qualified workers identified by such board, (ii) providing funds to support the Subsidized Training and Employment program established pursuant to section 31-3pp of the general statutes and apprenticeship programs in the state, and (iii) providing funds to expand adult education programs and classes for workers seeking new skills for new careers; and

(D) Providing grants to partnerships between (i) local school districts, technical schools or community colleges, and (ii) private businesses, that are seeking to establish a technical education program or to expand the capacity of a technical education program at a public high school, technical school or community college. Preference for awarding grants under this subdivision shall be given to applications that include private matching funds.

(c) The commissioner, in consultation with the chief executive officer, shall hold an innovation investment fund tax credit auction, for which the minimum bid shall be eighty cents for each dollar of accumulated credit and the amounts received from the winning bidder or bidders shall be invested in the winning bidder's corporate venture fund, subject to the following requirements:

(1) All investments shall be made with a representative of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, who is a member of the corporate venture fund's investment committee;

(2) The amount invested in a corporate venture fund shall be not less than five million dollars and not more than ten million dollars;

(3) All such amounts invested shall be invested in (A) start-up businesses located in the state, or (B) spin-off companies from the bidder's research and development department;

(4) All profits from such investments shall be divided equally between the state and the bidder and the state's share shall be deposited in the General Fund; and

(5) The bidder agrees to reinvest the bidder's profits in the bidder's corporate venture fund.

(d) There is established an account to be known as the "TEC initiative account" which shall be a separate, nonlapsing account within the General Fund. The account shall contain any moneys required by law to be deposited in the account. Moneys in the account shall be expended by the commissioner, in consultation with the chief executive officer, for the purposes of subsection (b) of this section.

Sec. 3. Section 12-217jj of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) As used in this section:

(1) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Revenue Services.

(2) "Department" means the Department of Economic and Community Development.

(3) (A) "Qualified production" means entertainment content created in whole or in part within the state, including motion pictures, except as otherwise provided in this subparagraph; documentaries; long-form, specials, mini-series, series, sound recordings, videos and music videos and interstitials television programming; interactive television; relocated television production; interactive games; videogames; commercials; any format of digital media, including an interactive web site, created for distribution or exhibition to the general public; and any trailer, pilot, video teaser or demo created primarily to stimulate the sale, marketing, promotion or exploitation of future investment in either a product or a qualified production via any means and media in any digital media format, film or videotape, provided such program meets all the underlying criteria of a qualified production. For the state fiscal years ending June 30, 2014, June 30, 2015, June 30, 2016, and June 30, 2017, "qualified production" shall not include a motion picture that has not been designated as a state-certified qualified production prior to July 1, 2013, and no tax credit voucher for such motion picture may be issued during said years, except, for the state fiscal years ending June 30, 2015, June 30, 2016, and June 30, 2017, "qualified production" shall include a motion picture for which twenty-five per cent or more of the principal photography shooting days are in this state at a facility that receives not less than twenty-five million dollars in private investment and opens for business on or after July 1, 2013, and a tax credit voucher may be issued for such motion picture.

(B) "Qualified production" shall not include any ongoing television program created primarily as news, weather or financial market reports; a production featuring current events, other than a relocated television production, sporting events, an awards show or other gala event; a production whose sole purpose is fundraising; a long-form production that primarily markets a product or service; a production used for corporate training or in-house corporate advertising or other similar productions; or any production for which records are required to be maintained under 18 USC 2257, as amended from time to time, with respect to sexually explicit content.

(4) "Eligible production company" means a corporation, partnership, limited liability company, or other business entity engaged in the business of producing qualified productions on a one-time or ongoing basis, and qualified by the Secretary of the State to engage in business in the state.

(5) "Production expenses or costs" means all expenditures clearly and demonstrably incurred in the state in the preproduction, production or postproduction costs of a qualified production, including:

(A) Expenditures incurred in the state in the form of either compensation or purchases including production work, production equipment not eligible for the infrastructure tax credit provided in section 12-217kk, production software, postproduction work, postproduction equipment, postproduction software, set design, set construction, props, lighting, wardrobe, makeup, makeup accessories, special effects, visual effects, audio effects, film processing, music, sound mixing, editing, location fees, soundstages and any and all other costs or services directly incurred in connection with a state-certified qualified production;

(B) Expenditures for distribution, including preproduction, production or postproduction costs relating to the creation of trailers, marketing videos, commercials, point-of-purchase videos and any and all content created on film or digital media, including the duplication of films, videos, CDs, DVDs and any and all digital files now in existence and those yet to be created for mass consumer consumption; the purchase, by a company in the state, of any and all equipment relating to the duplication or mass market distribution of any content created or produced in the state by any digital media format which is now in use and those formats yet to be created for mass consumer consumption; and

(C) "Production expenses or costs" does not include the following: (i) On and after January 1, 2008, compensation in excess of fifteen million dollars paid to any individual or entity representing an individual, for services provided in the production of a qualified production and on or after January 1, 2010, compensation subject to Connecticut personal income tax in excess of twenty million dollars paid in the aggregate to any individuals or entities representing individuals, for star talent provided in the production of a qualified production; (ii) media buys, promotional events or gifts or public relations associated with the promotion or marketing of any qualified production; (iii) deferred, leveraged or profit participation costs relating to any and all personnel associated with any and all aspects of the production, including, but not limited to, producer fees, director fees, talent fees and writer fees; (iv) costs relating to the transfer of the production tax credits; (v) any amounts paid to persons or businesses as a result of their participation in profits from the exploitation of the qualified production; and (vi) any expenses or costs relating to an independent certification, as required by subsection (g) of this section, or as the department may otherwise require, pertaining to the amount of production expenses or costs set forth by an eligible production company in its application for a production tax credit.

(6) "Sound recording" means a recording of music, poetry or spoken-word performance, but does not include the audio portions of dialogue or words spoken and recorded as part of a motion picture, video, theatrical production, television news coverage or athletic event.

(7) "State-certified qualified production" means a qualified production produced by an eligible production company that (A) is in compliance with regulations adopted pursuant to subsection (k) of this section, (B) is authorized to conduct business in this state, and (C) has been approved by the department as qualifying for a production tax credit under this section.

(8) "Interactive web site" means a web site, the production costs of which (A) exceed five hundred thousand dollars per income year, and (B) is primarily (i) interactive games or end user applications, or (ii) animation, simulation, sound, graphics, story lines or video created or repurposed for distribution over the Internet. An interactive web site does not include a web site primarily used for institutional, private, industrial, retail or wholesale marketing or promotional purposes, or which contains obscene content.

(9) "Post-certification remedy" means the recapture, disallowance, recovery, reduction, repayment, forfeiture, decertification or any other remedy that would have the effect of reducing or otherwise limiting the use of a tax credit provided by this section.

(10) "Compensation" means base salary or wages and does not include bonus pay, stock options, restricted stock units or similar arrangements.

(11) "Relocated television production" means:

(A) An ongoing television program all of the prior seasons of which were filmed outside this state, and may include current events shows, except those referenced in subparagraph (B)(i) of this subdivision.

(B) An eligible production company's television programming in this state that (i) is not a general news program, sporting event or game broadcast, and (ii) is created at a qualified production facility that has had a minimum investment of twenty-five million dollars made by such eligible production company on or after January 1, 2012, at which facility the eligible production company creates ongoing television programming as defined in subparagraph (A) of this subdivision, and creates at least two hundred new jobs in Connecticut on or after January 1, 2012. For purposes of this subdivision, "new job" means a full-time job, as defined in section 12-217ii, that did not exist in this state prior to January 1, 2012, and is filled by a new employee, and "new employee" includes a person who was employed outside this state by the eligible production company prior to January 1, 2012, but does not include a person who was employed in this state by the eligible production company or a related person, as defined in section 12-217ii, with respect to the eligible production company during the prior twelve months.

(C) A relocated television production may be a state-certified qualified production for not more than ten successive income years, after which period the eligible production company shall be ineligible to resubmit an application for certification.

(b) (1) The Department of Economic and Community Development shall administer a system of tax credit vouchers within the resources, requirements and purposes of this section for eligible production companies producing a state-certified qualified production in the state.

[(1) For income years commencing on or after January 1, 2006, but prior to January 1, 2010, any eligible production company incurring production expenses or costs in excess of fifty thousand dollars shall be eligible for a credit against the tax imposed under chapter 207 or this chapter equal to thirty per cent of such production expenses or costs.]

(2) [For income years commencing on or after January 1, 2010, (A) any] Any eligible production company incurring production expenses or costs shall be eligible for a credit (A) for income years commencing on or after January 1, 2010, but prior to January 1, 2018, against the tax imposed under chapter 207 or this chapter, and (B) for income years commencing on or after January 1, 2018, against the tax imposed under chapter 207 or 219 or this chapter, as follows: (i) For any such company incurring [production] such expenses or costs of not less than one hundred thousand dollars, but not more than five hundred thousand dollars, [shall be eligible for a credit against the tax imposed under chapter 207 or this chapter] a credit equal to ten per cent of such [production] expenses or costs, [(B)] (ii) any such company incurring such expenses or costs of more than five hundred thousand dollars, but not more than one million dollars, [shall be eligible for a credit against the tax imposed under chapter 207 or this chapter] a credit equal to fifteen per cent of such [production] expenses or costs, and [(C)] (iii) any such company incurring such expenses or costs of more than one million dollars, [shall be eligible for a credit against the tax imposed under chapter 207 or this chapter] a credit equal to thirty per cent of such [production] expenses or costs.

(3) If an eligible production company elects, for income years commencing on or after January 1, 2018, to claim a credit pursuant to this subsection against the tax imposed under chapter 219, the eligible production company shall pay to the state a fee of six cents for each dollar of credit claimed. The commissioner shall deposit such fee in the TEC initiative account established pursuant to subsection (d) of section 2 of this act.

(c) No eligible production company incurring an amount of production expenses or costs that qualifies for such credit shall be eligible for such credit unless on or after January 1, 2010, such company conducts (1) not less than fifty per cent of principal photography days within the state, or (2) expends not less than fifty per cent of postproduction costs within the state, or (3) expends not less than one million dollars of postproduction costs within the state.

[(d) (1) For income years commencing on or after January 1, 2009, but prior to January 1, 2010, fifty per cent of production expenses or costs shall be counted toward such credit when incurred outside the state and used within the state, and one hundred per cent of such expenses or costs shall be counted toward such credit when incurred within the state and used within the state.]

[(2)] (d) For income years commencing on or after January 1, 2010, no expenses or costs incurred outside the state and used within the state shall be eligible for a credit, and one hundred per cent of such expenses or costs shall be counted toward such credit when incurred within the state and used within the state.

(e) (1) On and after July 1, 2006, and for income years commencing on or after January 1, 2006, any credit allowed pursuant to this section may be sold, assigned or otherwise transferred, in whole or in part, to one or more taxpayers, provided (A) no credit, after issuance, may be sold, assigned or otherwise transferred, in whole or in part, more than three times, (B) in the case of a credit allowed for the income year commencing on or after January 1, 2011, and prior to January 1, 2012, any entity that is not subject to tax under chapter 207 or this chapter may transfer not more than fifty per cent of such credit in any one income year, and (C) in the case of a credit allowed for an income year commencing on or after January 1, 2012, any entity that is not subject to tax under chapter 207 or this chapter may transfer not more than twenty-five per cent of such credit in any one income year.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision (1) of this subsection, any entity that is not subject to tax under this chapter or chapter 207 shall not be subject to the limitations on the transfer of credits provided in subparagraphs (B) and (C) of said subdivision (1), provided such entity owns not less than fifty per cent, directly or indirectly, of a business entity subject to tax under section 12-284b.

(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision (1) of this subsection, any qualified production that is created in whole or in significant part, as determined by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, at a qualified production facility shall not be subject to the limitations of subparagraph (B) or (C) of said subdivision (1). For purposes of this subdivision, "qualified production facility" means a facility (A) located in this state, (B) intended for film, television or digital media production, and (C) that has had a minimum investment of three million dollars, or less if the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development determines such facility otherwise qualifies.

(4) Any taxpayer to which a credit allowed pursuant to this section is sold, assigned or otherwise transferred, in whole or in part, shall pay the fee set forth in subdivision (3) of subsection (b) of this section if such taxpayer elects, for income years commencing on or after January 1, 2018, to claim such credit against the tax imposed under chapter 219.

(f) (1) On and after July 1, 2006, and for income years commencing on or after January 1, 2006, all or part of any such credit allowed under this [subsection shall] section may be claimed against the tax imposed under chapter 207 or this chapter for the income year in which the production expenses or costs were incurred, or in the three immediately succeeding income years.

(2) For production tax credit vouchers issued on or after July 1, 2015, all or part of any such credit [shall] may be claimed against (A) the tax imposed under chapter 207 or this chapter, or (B) for income years commencing on or after January 1, 2018, the tax imposed under chapter 207 or 219 or this chapter, for the income year in which the production expenses or costs were incurred, or in the five immediately succeeding income years.

(3) Any production tax credit allowed under this subsection shall be nonrefundable.

(g) (1) An eligible production company shall apply to the department for a tax credit voucher on an annual basis, but not later than ninety days after the first production expenses or costs are incurred in the production of a qualified production, and shall provide with such application such information as the department may require to determine such company's eligibility to claim a credit under this section. No production expenses or costs may be listed more than once for purposes of the tax credit voucher pursuant to this section, or pursuant to section 12-217kk or 12-217ll, and if a production expense or cost has been included in a claim for a credit, such production expense or cost may not be included in any subsequent claim for a credit.

(2) Not later than ninety days after the end of the annual period, or after the last production expenses or costs are incurred in the production of a qualified production, an eligible production company shall apply to the department for a production tax credit voucher, and shall provide with such application such information and independent certification as the department may require pertaining to the amount of such company's production expenses or costs. Such independent certification shall be provided by an audit professional chosen from a list compiled by the department. If the department determines that such company is eligible to be issued a production tax credit voucher, the department shall enter on the voucher the amount of production expenses or costs that has been established to the satisfaction of the department and the amount of such company's credit under this section. The department shall provide a copy of such voucher to the commissioner, upon request.

(3) The department shall charge a reasonable administrative fee sufficient to cover the department's costs to analyze applications submitted under this section.

(h) If an eligible production company sells, assigns or otherwise transfers a credit under this section to another taxpayer, the transferor and transferee shall jointly submit written notification of such transfer to the department not later than thirty days after such transfer. If such transferee sells, assigns or otherwise transfers a credit under this section to a subsequent transferee, such transferee and such subsequent transferee shall jointly submit written notification of such transfer to the department not later than thirty days after such transfer. The notification after each transfer shall include the credit voucher number, the date of transfer, the amount of such credit transferred, the tax credit balance before and after the transfer, the tax identification numbers for both the transferor and the transferee, and any other information required by the department. Failure to comply with this subsection will result in a disallowance of the tax credit until there is full compliance on the part of the transferor and the transferee, and for a second or third transfer, on the part of all subsequent transferors and transferees. The department shall provide a copy of the notification of assignment to the commissioner upon request.

(i) Any eligible production company that submits information to the department that it knows to be fraudulent or false shall, in addition to any other penalties provided by law, be liable for a penalty equal to the amount of such company's credit entered on the production tax credit [certificate] voucher issued under this section.

(j) No tax credits transferred pursuant to this section shall be subject to a post-certification remedy, and the department and the commissioner shall have no right, except in the case of possible material misrepresentation or fraud, to conduct any further or additional review, examination or audit of the expenditures or costs for which such tax credits were issued. The sole and exclusive remedy of the department and the commissioner shall be to seek collection of the amount of such tax credits from the entity that committed the fraud or misrepresentation.

(k) The department, in consultation with the commissioner, shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, as may be necessary for the administration of this section.

Sec. 4. Subsection (i) of section 12-391 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(i) [The] With respect to the estates of decedents who die on or after January 1, 2021, the tax calculated pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be reduced in an amount equal to half of the amount invested by a decedent in a private investment fund or fund of funds pursuant to subdivision (43) of section 32-39 or in the TEC initiative or an innovation investment fund pursuant to section 2 of this act, provided (1) any such reduction shall not exceed five million dollars for any such decedent, (2) any such amount invested by the decedent shall have been invested in such fund or fund of funds for [ten] four years or more, and (3) the aggregate amount of all taxes reduced under this subsection shall not exceed thirty million dollars.

Sec. 5. Section 12-217zz of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, and except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this section and section 2 of this act, the amount of tax credit or credits otherwise allowable against the tax imposed under this chapter shall be as follows:

(1) For any income year commencing on or after January 1, 2002, and prior to January 1, 2015, the amount of tax credit or credits otherwise allowable shall not exceed seventy per cent of the amount of tax due from such taxpayer under this chapter with respect to any such income year of the taxpayer prior to the application of such credit or credits;

(2) For any income year commencing on or after January 1, 2015, the amount of tax credit or credits otherwise allowable shall not exceed fifty and one one-hundredths per cent of the amount of tax due from such taxpayer under this chapter with respect to any such income year of the taxpayer prior to the application of such credit or credits;

(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision (2) of this subsection, any taxpayer that possesses excess credits may utilize the excess credits as follows:

(A) For income years commencing on or after January 1, 2016, and prior to January 1, 2017, the aggregate amount of tax credits and excess credits allowable shall not exceed fifty-five per cent of the amount of tax due from such taxpayer under this chapter with respect to any such income year of the taxpayer prior to the application of such credit or credits;

(B) For income years commencing on or after January 1, 2017, and prior to January 1, 2018, the aggregate amount of tax credits and excess credits allowable shall not exceed sixty per cent of the amount of tax due from such taxpayer under this chapter with respect to any such income year of the taxpayer prior to the application of such credit or credits;

(C) For income years commencing on or after January 1, 2018, and prior to January 1, 2019, the aggregate amount of tax credits and excess credits allowable shall not exceed sixty-five per cent of the amount of tax due from such taxpayer under this chapter with respect to any such income year of the taxpayer prior to the application of such credit or credits;

(D) For income years commencing on or after January 1, 2019, the aggregate amount of tax credits and excess credits allowable shall not exceed seventy per cent of the amount of tax due from such taxpayer under this chapter with respect to any such income year of the taxpayer prior to the application of such credit or credits;

(4) For purposes of this subsection, "excess credits" means any remaining credits available under section 12-217j, 12-217n or 32-9t after tax credits are utilized in accordance with subdivision (2) of this subsection.

(b) (1) For an income year commencing on or after January 1, 2011, and prior to January 1, 2013, the amount of tax credit or credits otherwise allowable against the tax imposed under this chapter for such income year may exceed the amount specified in subsection (a) of this section only by the amount computed under subparagraph (A) of subdivision (2) of this subsection, provided in no event may the amount of tax credit or credits otherwise allowable against the tax imposed under this chapter for such income year exceed one hundred per cent of the amount of tax due from such taxpayer under this chapter with respect to such income year of the taxpayer prior to the application of such credit or credits.

(2) (A) The taxpayer's average monthly net employee gain for an income year shall be multiplied by six thousand dollars.

(B) The taxpayer's average monthly net employee gain for an income year shall be computed as follows: For each month in the taxpayer's income year, the taxpayer shall subtract from the number of its employees in this state on the last day of such month the number of its employees in this state on the first day of its income year. The taxpayer shall total the differences for the twelve months in such income year, and such total, when divided by twelve, shall be the taxpayer's average monthly net employee gain for the income year. For purposes of this computation, only employees who are required to work at least thirty-five hours per week and only employees who were not employed in this state by a related person, as defined in section 12-217ii, within the twelve months prior to the first day of the income year may be taken into account in computing the number of employees.

(C) If the taxpayer's average monthly net employee gain is zero or less than zero, the taxpayer may not exceed the seventy per cent limit imposed under subsection (a) of this section.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2017

New section

Sec. 2

July 1, 2017

New section

Sec. 3

July 1, 2017

12-217jj

Sec. 4

July 1, 2017

12-391(i)

Sec. 5

July 1, 2017

12-217zz

Statement of Purpose:

To (1) establish additional methods for businesses to exchange certain stranded tax credits by investing in capital projects in the state, in technical education initiatives or in the business's corporate venture fund, (2) allow the film production tax credit to be claimed against the sales and use taxes, for a fee to fund technical education initiatives, and (3) allow the estate of a decedent who dies on or after January 1, 2021, to reduce the estate tax liability for certain amounts invested pursuant to a tax credit auction.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]