HCS/HB 468 - This act allows the governing body of any municipality to enter into loan agreements, or sell, lease, or mortgage municipal property to private entities for the development of a technology business facility project. Transactions involving the lease or rental of such properties will be exempt from state and local sales taxes and any leasehold interests on such properties will not be subject to property taxes. The act allows municipalities to sell or otherwise dispose of municipal property to private entities for technology business facility projects provided that the terms and methods utilized reasonably protect the economic well being of the municipality. Any private entity which transfers property to the municipality for purposes of a technology business facility project will reserve the right to request that the municipality transfer such property back to the entity at no cost.
Under current law, enhanced enterprise zone tax credits are equal to the lesser of the annual amount of projected state economic benefit for the enhanced business enterprise, as determined by the department of economic development, or the sum of credits calculated at four hundred dollars for each new business facility employee employed within an enhanced enterprise zone, four hundred dollars for each new business facility employee who is a resident of the enhanced enterprise zone, and four hundred dollars for each new business facility employee who receives a wage that exceeds the average county wage in the county in which the facility is located. Taxpayers are allowed to receive enhanced enterprise zone tax credits each year for up to ten years for establishing a new business facility. Taxpayers are prohibited from receiving multiple ten year periods for subsequent expansion the same business facility.
This act reduces the number of years a taxpayer may receive such tax credits to five years and prohibits taxpayers from receiving multiple five year periods for subsequent expansions at the same business facility. The act also changes the amount of the credit to an amount equal to the lesser of the annual amount of projected state economic benefit for the enhanced business enterprise, as determined by the department, or up to two and one-half percent of the gross wages of each new business facility employee plus up to one-half of one percent of new business facility investment.
The act expands the enhanced enterprise zone program to allow dormant manufacturing zones to be designated as enhanced enterprise zones. Any taxpayer that establishes a new business facility in a dormant manufacturing zones may be eligible to receive enhanced enterprise zone tax credits. To receive the tax credit, a taxpayer must employ at least two new individuals at the new business facility or invest at least $100,000 during the taxable year in which the credit is claimed. A taxpayer who receives this tax credit cannot also receive tax credits or other benefits for the same new jobs from the new or expanded business facilities tax credit, enterprise zones tax benefit, tax credit for relocating a business to a distressed community, or enhanced enterprise zones tax credit or the Missouri Quality Jobs Program.
Tax credits for new business facilities in dormant manufacturing plant zones approved or designated as an enhanced enterprise zone will be included in the $24 million annual cap on tax credits authorized for all enhanced enterprise zones. A taxpayer may receive enhanced enterprise zone tax credits for the expansion of an existing facility if such expansion involves an investment of at least $1 million during the applicable tax period results in the at least two new or retained employees during the tax year in which the credit is claimed. The credits for new business facilities established in a dormant manufacturing zone must be claimed for the taxable year in which commencement of commercial operations occurs at the new business facility and for each of the following five years in which the credit is issued. The credits are refundable and transferable but cannot be carried forward.
Prior to the issuance of any tax credits, the department of economic development must verify through the Department of Revenue or any other state department that the applicant does not owe any delinquent taxes, interest or penalties on any taxes, or any delinquent fees or assessments. A taxpayer who is delinquent after June 15 but before July 1 of any year will be given 30 days to satisfy the delinquency. Any available credits will be applied to delinquencies, and any remaining credits will be issued to the applicant subject to the restrictions of other provisions of law.
This act provides state and local sales and use tax exemptions for all machinery, equipment, computers, electrical energy, gas, water and other utilities including telecommunication and internet services used in new data storage center facilities. The act also provides a state and local sales and use tax exemption for purchases of tangible personal property for the construction, repair, or remodeling of a new data storage center facility. In order to receive the sales tax exemption provided for new data storage center facilities, an application must be made to the department of economic development for certification. Such application must show that the project will result in at least five million dollars of new facility investment over a three year period.
The act also creates a state and local sales and use tax exemption for existing data storage center facilities for all machinery, equipment, computers, electrical energy, gas, water and other utilities including telecommunication and internet services. The exemption will only apply to the increase in expenditures for utilities over the previous year's expenditures. The exemptions for tangible property will be available only on the increase in expenditures over the average of the previous three years expenditures. In order to receive the sales tax exemption provided for existing data storage center facilities, an application must be made to the department of economic development for certification. Such application must show that the project will result in at least one million dollars of new facility investment over a one year period.
The Department of Economic Development and the Department of Revenue are authorized to conduct random audits to ensure compliance with the requirements for state and local sales and use tax exemptions authorized under the act.
The act establishes the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act. The act requires the advise and consent of the Senate for Gubernatorial appointments to the Missouri Technology Corporation's board of directors and sets the terms and requirements for the various members of the board of directors. The powers and duties of the Missouri Technology Corporation are expanded to allow the corporation to assume all monies and assets of the Missouri Seed Capital Investment Board. In addition to the exceptions to open records and meetings requirements provided under the Sunshine Act, the act authorizes the Missouri Technology Corporation to close certain meetings and records held by the corporation. The directors of the Department of Economic Development and the Department of Revenue must annually determine the incremental increase in gross wages paid within the state to science and innovation employees and apply a formula to such amount to determine the amount of funding necessary to administer the programs of the corporation. Once a determination is made, the directors of the department of economic development and the department of revenue must report their findings to the Governor and the General Assembly. The act replaces the Missouri Technology Fund with the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Fund, which will receive annual appropriations made by the General Assembly, based upon recommendations made by the directors of the Departments of Economic Development and Revenue, and contributions made by private entities, the federal government, and local governments. The act requires that any contract entered into between the corporation and any not-for-profit organization must provide at least a one hundred percent match of funding received from the corporation.
The act contains provisions similar to those found in Senate Bill 217 (2011) and Senate Bill 79 (2011).