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HF 1823

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 03/13/2012 01:55pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to taxation; modifying the small business investment credit; providing
a credit for start-up and emerging Minnesota businesses;amending Minnesota
Statutes 2010, section 116J.8737, subdivisions 5, 8; Minnesota Statutes 2011
Supplement, section 116J.8737, subdivisions 1, 2; proposing coding for new law
in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 116J; 297I.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [116J.665] MINNESOTA BUSINESS INVESTMENT COMPANY
CREDIT.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms
have the meanings given.
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new text begin (b) "Affiliate" means:
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new text begin (1) any person who, directly or indirectly, beneficially owns, controls, or holds
power to vote 15 percent or more of the outstanding voting securities or other voting
ownership interest of a Minnesota business investment company or insurance company; or
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new text begin (2) any person, 15 percent or more of whose outstanding voting securities or other
voting ownership interests are directly or indirectly beneficially owned, controlled, or held
with power to vote by a Minnesota business investment company or insurance company.
new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding this subdivision, an investment by a participating investor in a
Minnesota business investment company pursuant to an allocation of premium tax credits
under this section does not cause that Minnesota business investment company to become
an affiliate of that participating investor.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Allocation date" means the date on which credits under section 297I.23 are
allocated to the participating investors of a Minnesota business investment company
under this section.
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new text begin (d) "Designated capital" means an amount of money that:
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new text begin (1) is invested by a participating investor in a Minnesota business investment
company; and
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new text begin (2) fully funds the purchase price of either or both participating investor's equity
interest in a Minnesota business investment company or a qualified debt instrument issued
by a Minnesota business investment company.
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new text begin (e) "Minnesota business investment company" means a partnership, corporation,
trust, or limited liability company, organized on a for-profit basis, that:
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new text begin (1) has its principal office located or is headquartered in Minnesota;
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new text begin (2) has as its primary business activity the investment of cash in qualified businesses;
and
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new text begin (3) is certified by the commissioner as meeting the criteria in this section.
new text end

new text begin (f) "Participating investor" means any insurance company as defined in section
60A.02, subdivision 4, excluding health maintenance organizations, that contributes
designated capital pursuant to this section.
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new text begin (g) "Person" means any natural person or entity including, but not limited to, a
corporation, general or limited partnership, trust, or limited liability company.
new text end

new text begin (h)(1) "Qualified business" means a business that is independently owned and
operated and meets all of the following requirements:
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new text begin (i) it is headquartered in Minnesota, its principal business operations are located in
this state, and at least 80 percent of its employees are located in Minnesota;
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new text begin (ii) it has no more than 100 employees;
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new text begin (iii) it is not engaged in:
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new text begin (A) professional services provided by accountants, doctors, or lawyers;
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new text begin (B) banking or lending;
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new text begin (C) real estate development;
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new text begin (D) insurance;
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new text begin (E) oil and gas exploration;
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new text begin (F) direct gambling activities;
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new text begin (G) retail sales; or
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new text begin (H) making loans to or investments in a Minnesota business investment company
or an affiliate; and
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new text begin (iv) it is not a franchise of and has no financial relationship with a Minnesota business
investment company or any affiliate of a Minnesota business investment company prior to
a Minnesota business investment company's first qualified investment in the business;
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new text begin (2) a business classified as a qualified business at the time of the first qualified
investment in the business remains classified as a qualified business and may receive
continuing qualified investments from any Minnesota business investment company.
Continuing investments constitute qualified investments even though the business may not
meet the definition of a qualified business at the time of the continuing investments.
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new text begin (i) "Qualified debt instrument" means a debt instrument issued by a Minnesota
business investment company which meets all of the following criteria:
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new text begin (1) it is issued at par value or a premium; and
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new text begin (2) it has an original maturity date of at least four years from the date of issuance,
and a repayment schedule which is not faster than a level principal amortization over
four years.
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new text begin (j) "Qualified distribution" means any distribution or payment made by a Minnesota
business investment company in connection with any of the following:
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new text begin (1) costs and expenses of forming, syndicating, and organizing the Minnesota
business investment company, including fees paid for professional services, and the costs
of financing and insuring the obligations of a Minnesota business investment company,
provided no payment is made to a participating investor;
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new text begin (2) an annual management fee not to exceed one percent of designated capital on
an annual basis to offset the costs and expenses of managing and operating a Minnesota
business investment company;
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new text begin (3) reasonable and necessary fees in accordance with industry custom for ongoing
professional services, including, but not limited to, legal and accounting services related
to the operation of a Minnesota business investment company, not including lobbying or
governmental relations;
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new text begin (4) any increase or projected increase in federal or state taxes, including penalties
and related interest of the equity owners of a Minnesota business investment company
resulting from the earnings or other tax liability of a Minnesota business investment
company to the extent that the increase is related to the ownership, management, or
operation of a Minnesota business investment company.
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new text begin Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (j), payments of principal and interest to
holders of qualified debt instruments issued by a Minnesota business investment company
may be made without restriction.
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new text begin (k) "Qualified investment" means the investment of money by a Minnesota
business investment company in a qualified business for the purchase of any debt,
debt participation, equity, or hybrid security of any nature and description whatsoever,
including a debt instrument or security that has the characteristics of debt but that
provides for conversion into equity or equity participation instruments such as options
or warrants. Any repayment of a qualified investment prior to one year from the date of
issuance reduces the amount of the qualified investment by 50 percent for purposes of the
cumulative investment requirement in subdivision 8, paragraph (d).
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new text begin (l) "State premium tax liability" means any liability incurred by an insurance
company under chapter 297I or any other tax liability imposed upon an insurance company
by the state if the tax rate imposed by chapter 297I is reduced or repealed, other than the
tax imposed under section 275.025 or 290.05.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Certification. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner must provide a standardized format
for applying for the business investment credit under section 297I.23, and for certification
as a Minnesota business investment company.
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new text begin (b) An applicant for certification as a Minnesota business investment company must:
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new text begin (1) file an application with the department that includes, without limitation, a
statement that the applicant has read and understands the requirements of this chapter;
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new text begin (2) pay a nonrefundable application fee of $7,500 at the time of filing the application;
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new text begin (3) submit as part of its application an audited balance sheet that contains an
unqualified opinion of an independent certified public accountant issued not more than 35
days before the application date that states that the applicant has an equity capitalization
of $500,000 or more in the form of unencumbered cash, marketable securities, or other
liquid assets; and
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new text begin (4) have at least two principals or persons employed or engaged to manage the
funds; each principal or person must have a minimum of five years of money management
experience in the venture capital or business industry and at least one must be primarily
located in Minnesota.
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new text begin (c) The commissioner may certify partnerships, corporations, trusts, or limited
liability companies, organized on a for-profit basis, which submit an application to be
designated as a Minnesota business investment company if the applicant is located,
headquartered, and licensed or registered to conduct business in Minnesota, has as its
primary business activity the investment of cash in qualified businesses, and meets the
other criteria in this section.
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new text begin (d) The commissioner must review the organizational documents of each applicant
for certification and the business history of each applicant and determine whether the
applicant has satisfied the requirements of this section.
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new text begin (e) Within 45 days after the receipt of an application, the commissioner must issue
the certification or refuse the certification and communicate in detail to the applicant the
grounds for refusal, including suggestions for the removal of such grounds.
new text end

new text begin (f) The commissioner must begin accepting applications to become a Minnesota
business investment company as defined under section 297I.23 by August 1, 2012.
new text end

new text begin (g) Application fees collected by the commissioner under this subdivision must be
deposited in the state treasury and are appropriated to the commissioner for the purposes
of this section.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Requirements. new text end

new text begin (a) A participating investor or affiliate of a participating
investor must not, directly or indirectly:
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new text begin (1) beneficially own, whether through rights, options, convertible interest, or
otherwise, 15 percent or more of the voting securities or other voting ownership interest of
a Minnesota business investment company;
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new text begin (2) manage a Minnesota business investment company; or
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new text begin (3) control the direction of investments for a Minnesota business investment
company.
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new text begin (b) A Minnesota business investment company may obtain one or more guaranties,
indemnities, bonds, insurance policies, or other payment undertakings for the benefit
of its participating investors from any entity, except that in no case can more than one
participating investor of a Minnesota business investment company, on an aggregate
basis with all affiliates of the participating investor, be entitled to provide the guaranties,
indemnities, bonds, insurance policies, or other payment undertakings in favor of the
participating investors of a Minnesota business investment company and its affiliates in
this state.
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new text begin (c) This subdivision does not preclude a participating investor, insurance company,
or other party from exercising its legal rights and remedies, including, without limitation,
interim management of a Minnesota business investment company, if a Minnesota
business investment company is in default of its statutory obligations or its contractual
obligations to the participating investor, insurance company, or other party, or from
monitoring a Minnesota business investment company to ensure its compliance with this
section or disallowing any investments that have not been approved by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (d) The commissioner may contract with an independent third party to review,
investigate, and certify that the applications comply with this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Aggregate limitations on investment tax credits; allocation. new text end

new text begin (a)
The aggregate amount of investment tax credits to be allocated to all participating
investors of Minnesota business investment companies under this section must not exceed
$100,000,000. No Minnesota business investment company, on an aggregate basis with its
affiliates, may file credit allocation claims that exceed $100,000,000.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner shall allocate credits to participating investors in the order
that the credit allocation claims are filed, provided that all credit allocation claims filed
on the same day must be treated as having been filed contemporaneously. Any credit
allocation claims filed with the commissioner prior to the initial credit allocation claim
filing date are deemed to have been filed on the initial credit allocation claim filing date.
The commissioner must set the initial credit allocation claim filing date not less than 120
days and not greater than 150 days after the commissioner begins accepting applications
for certification.
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new text begin (c) If two or more Minnesota business investment companies file credit allocation
claims with the commissioner on behalf of their respective participating investors on the
same day, and the aggregate amount of credit allocation claims exceeds the aggregate
limit of investment tax credits under this section or the lesser amount of credits that
remain unallocated on that day, then the commissioner must allocate the credits among
the participating investors who filed on that day on a pro rata basis with respect to the
amounts claimed. The pro rata allocation for any one participating investor is the product
obtained by multiplying a fraction, the numerator of which is the amount of the credit
allocation claim filed on behalf of a participating investor and the denominator of which
is the total of all credit allocation claims filed on behalf of all participating investors
on that day, by the aggregate limit of credits under this section or the lesser amount of
credits that remain unallocated on that day.
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new text begin (d) Within ten business days after the commissioner receives a credit allocation
claim filed by a Minnesota business investment company on behalf of one or more of its
participating investors, the commissioner must notify the Minnesota business investment
company of the amount of credits allocated to each of the participating investors of that
Minnesota business investment company. If a Minnesota business investment company
does not receive an investment of designated capital from each participating investor
required to earn the amount of credits allocated to the participating investor within ten
business days of the Minnesota business investment company's receipt of notice of
allocation, then it shall notify the commissioner on or before the next business day, and
the credits allocated to the participating investor of the Minnesota business investment
company are forfeited. The commissioner must then reallocate those forfeited credits
among the participating investors of the other Minnesota business investment companies
on a pro rata basis with respect to the credit allocation claims filed on behalf of the
participating investors. The commissioner may, but is not required to, levy a fine of not
more than $50,000 on any participating investor that does not invest the full amount of
designated capital required to fund the credits allocated to it by the commissioner in
accordance with the credit allocation claim filed on its behalf. Fine receipts must be
deposited in the state treasury and credited to the general fund.
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new text begin (e) No participating investor, on an aggregate basis with its affiliates, may file an
allocation claim for more than 25 percent of the maximum amount of investment tax
credits authorized under this subdivision, regardless of whether the claim is made in
connection with one or more Minnesota business investment companies.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Requirements for continuance of certification. new text end

new text begin (a) To maintain its
certification, a Minnesota business investment company must make qualified investments
as follows:
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new text begin (1) within two years after the allocation date, a Minnesota business investment
company must invest an amount equal to at least 35 percent of its designated capital in
qualified investments; and
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new text begin (2) within three years after the allocation date, a Minnesota business investment
company must invest an amount equal to at least 50 percent of its designated capital
in qualified investments.
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new text begin (b) Prior to making a proposed qualified investment in a specific business, a
Minnesota business investment company must request from the commissioner a written
determination that the proposed investment qualifies as a qualified investment in a
qualified business. The commissioner must notify a Minnesota business investment
company within ten business days from the receipt of a request of its determination and
an explanation of its determination. If the commissioner fails to notify the Minnesota
business investment company of its determination within the ten-business-day period, the
proposed investment is deemed a qualified investment in a qualified business. If the
commissioner determines that the proposed investment does not meet the definition of a
qualified investment or qualified business, or both, the commissioner may nevertheless
consider the proposed investment a qualified investment and, if necessary, the business a
qualified business, if the commissioner determines that the proposed investment furthers
state economic development.
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new text begin (c) All designated capital not invested in qualified investments by a Minnesota
business investment company must be held or invested in such manner as the Minnesota
business investment company, in its discretion, deems appropriate. Designated capital
and proceeds of designated capital returned to a Minnesota business investment company
after being originally invested in qualified investments may be invested again in qualified
investments and the investment counts toward the requirements of paragraph (a) with
respect to making investments of designated capital in qualified investments.
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new text begin (d) If, within four years after its allocation date, a Minnesota business investment
company has not invested at least 60 percent of its designated capital in qualified
investments, the Minnesota business investment company must not be permitted to pay
management fees.
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new text begin (e) If, within six years after its allocation date, a Minnesota business investment
company has not invested at least 100 percent of its designated capital in qualified
investments, the Minnesota business investment company must not be permitted to pay
management fees.
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new text begin (f) A Minnesota business investment company may not invest more than 15 percent
of its designated capital in any one qualified business without the specific approval of
the commissioner.
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new text begin (g) For purposes of calculating the investment percentage thresholds of paragraph
(a), the cumulative amount of all qualified investments made by a Minnesota business
investment company from the allocation date must be considered.
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new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Minnesota business investment company reporting requirements.
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new text begin (a) Each Minnesota business investment company must report the following to the
commissioner in the form designated by the commissioner:
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new text begin (1) as soon as practicable after the receipt of designated capital:
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new text begin (i) the name of each participating investor from which the designated capital was
received, including such participating investor's insurance tax identification number;
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new text begin (ii) the amount of each participating investor's investment of designated capital; and
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new text begin (iii) the date on which the designated capital was received;
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new text begin (2) on an annual basis, on or before January 31 of each year:
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new text begin (i) the amount of the Minnesota business investment company's designated capital
that remains to be invested in qualified investments at the end of the immediately
preceding taxable year;
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new text begin (ii) whether or not the Minnesota business investment company has invested more
than 15 percent of its total designated capital in any one business;
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new text begin (iii) all qualified investments that the Minnesota business investment company has
made in the previous taxable year, including the number of employees of each qualified
business in which it has made investments at the time of such investment, and as of
December 1 of the preceding taxable year; and
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new text begin (iv) for any qualified business where the Minnesota business investment company
no longer has an investment, the Minnesota business investment company must provide
employment figures for that company as of the last day before the investment was
terminated;
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new text begin (3) other information that the commissioner may reasonably request that helps
the commissioner ascertain the impact of the Minnesota business investment company
program both directly and indirectly on the economy of the state including, but not
limited to, the number of jobs created by qualified businesses that have received qualified
investments;
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new text begin (4) within 90 days of the close of its fiscal year, annual audited financial statements
of the Minnesota business investment company, which must include the opinion of an
independent certified public accountant; and
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new text begin (5) an agreed-upon procedures report or equivalent regarding the operations of the
Minnesota business investment company.
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new text begin (b) A Minnesota business investment company must pay to the commissioner an
annual, nonrefundable certification fee of $5,000 on or before April 1, or $10,000 if later.
The certification fee must be deposited in the state treasury and is appropriated to the
commissioner for the purposes of this section. No annual certification fee is required if the
payment date for the fee is within six months of the date a Minnesota business investment
company is first certified by the commissioner.
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new text begin (c) Upon satisfying the requirements of subdivision 5, paragraph (a), clause (2), a
Minnesota business investment company must provide the notice to the commissioner
and the commissioner shall, within 60 days of receipt of the notice, either confirm that the
Minnesota business investment company has satisfied the requirements of subdivision
5, paragraph (a), clause (2), as of that date or provide notice of noncompliance and an
explanation of any existing deficiencies. If the commissioner does not provide notification
within 60 days, the Minnesota business investment company is deemed to have met the
requirements of subdivision 5, paragraph (a), clause (2).
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new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Distributions. new text end

new text begin (a) A Minnesota business investment company may
make qualified distributions at any time. In order for a Minnesota business investment
company to make a distribution other than a qualified distribution to its equity holders,
the cumulative amount of all qualified investments of the Minnesota business investment
company must equal or exceed 100 percent of its designated capital.
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new text begin (b) The state shall receive ten percent of the net profits on qualified investments.
For purposes of this paragraph, "net profits on qualified investments" means the amount
of money returned to the Minnesota business investment company in exchange for or
repayment of its qualified investments in qualified businesses in excess of the amount
invested by the Minnesota business investment company in qualified investments. The
net profits on qualified investments are the aggregate of all of the Minnesota business
investment company's qualified investments where gains on qualified investments are
netted against losses on qualified investments.
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new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Decertification. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner shall conduct an annual review
of each Minnesota business investment company to determine if a Minnesota business
investment company is abiding by the requirements of certification and to ensure that no
investment has been made in violation of this section. The cost of the annual review
must be paid by each Minnesota business investment company according to a reasonable
fee schedule adopted by the commissioner. Fee receipts must be deposited in the state
treasury and credited to the general fund.
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new text begin (b) Any material violation of this section, including any material misrepresentation
made to the commissioner in connection with the application process, is grounds for
decertification of a Minnesota business investment company and the disallowance of
credits under section 297I.23, provided that in all instances the commissioner shall provide
notice to the Minnesota business investment company of the grounds of the proposed
decertification and the opportunity to cure the violation before any decertification becomes
effective.
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new text begin (c) The commissioner shall send written notice of decertification to the commissioner
of revenue and to the address of each participating investor whose tax credit may be
subject to recapture or forfeiture, using the address shown on the last filing submitted to
the commissioner.
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new text begin (d) Once a Minnesota business investment company has invested an amount
cumulatively equal to 100 percent of its designated capital in qualified investments,
provided that the Minnesota business investment company has met all other requirements
under this section as of such date, the Minnesota business investment company is
no longer subject to regulation by the commissioner or the reporting requirements
under subdivision 6. Upon receiving certification by a Minnesota business investment
company that it has invested an amount equal to 100 percent of its designated capital, the
commissioner shall notify a Minnesota business investment company within 60 days that
it has or has not met the requirements, with a reason for the determination if it has not.
If the commissioner does not provide notification of deregulation within 60 days, the
Minnesota business investment company is deemed to have met the requirements and is
deemed to no longer be subject to regulation by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Registration requirements. new text end

new text begin All investments by participating investors
for which tax credits are awarded under this section must be registered or specifically
exempt from registration.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Rulemaking. new text end

new text begin The commissioner's actions in establishing procedures and
requirements and in making determinations and certifications to administer this section are
not a rule for purposes of chapter 14, are not subject to the Administrative Procedure Act
contained in chapter 14, and are not subject to section 14.386.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 11. new text end

new text begin Reports to governor and legislature. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall make
an annual report by March 15 of each year to the governor and the chairs and ranking
minority members of the legislative committees and divisions having jurisdiction over
taxes and economic development. The report must include:
new text end

new text begin (1) the number of Minnesota business investment companies holding designated
capital;
new text end

new text begin (2) the amount of designated capital invested in each Minnesota business investment
company;
new text end

new text begin (3) the cumulative amount that each Minnesota business investment company has
invested as of January 1, 2012, and the cumulative total each year thereafter;
new text end

new text begin (4) the cumulative amount of follow-on capital that the investments of each
Minnesota business investment company have created in terms of capital invested in
qualified businesses at the same time or subsequent to investments made by a Minnesota
business investment company in such businesses by sources other than Minnesota
business investment companies;
new text end

new text begin (5) the total amount of investment tax credits applied under this section for each year;
new text end

new text begin (6) the performance of each Minnesota business investment company with regard to
the requirements for continued certification;
new text end

new text begin (7) the classification of the companies in which each Minnesota business investment
company has invested according to industrial sector and size of company;
new text end

new text begin (8) the gross number of jobs created by investments made by each Minnesota
business investment company and the number of jobs retained;
new text end

new text begin (9) the location of the companies in which each Minnesota business investment
company has invested;
new text end

new text begin (10) those Minnesota business investment companies that have been decertified,
including the reasons for decertification; and
new text end

new text begin (11) other related information as necessary to evaluate the effect of this section on
economic development.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, section 116J.8737, subdivision 1, is
amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

(a) For the purposes of this section, the following terms
have the meanings given.

(b) "Qualified small business" means a business that has been certified by the
commissioner under subdivision 2.

(c) "Qualified investor" means an investor who has been certified by the
commissioner under subdivision 3.

(d) "Qualified fund" means a pooled angel investment network fund that has been
certified by the commissioner under subdivision 4.

(e) "Qualified investment" means a cash investment in a qualified small business
of a minimum of:

(1) $10,000 in a calendar year by a qualified investor; or

(2) $30,000 in a calendar year by a qualified fund.

A qualified investment must be made in exchange for common stock, a partnership
or membership interest, preferred stock, deleted text begindebt with mandatory conversion to equity,deleted text end or an
equivalent ownership interest as determined by the commissioner.

(f) "Family" means a family member within the meaning of the Internal Revenue
Code, section 267(c)(4).

(g) "Pass-through entity" means a corporation that for the applicable taxable year is
treated as an S corporation or a general partnership, limited partnership, limited liability
partnership, trust, or limited liability company and which for the applicable taxable year is
not taxed as a corporation under chapter 290.

deleted text begin (h) "Intern" means a student of an accredited institution of higher education, or a
former student who has graduated in the past six months from an accredited institution
of higher education, who is employed by a qualified small business in a nonpermanent
position for a duration of nine months or less that provides training and experience in the
primary business activity of the business.
deleted text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for qualified small businesses
certified after June 30, 2012, except that the provision striking paragraph (h) is effective
the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, section 116J.8737, subdivision 2, is
amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Certification of qualified small businesses.

(a) Businesses may apply
to the commissioner for certification as a qualified small business for a calendar year.
The application must be in the form and be made under the procedures specified by the
commissioner, accompanied by an application fee of $150. Application fees are deposited
in the small business investment tax credit administration account in the special revenue
fund. The application for certification for 2010 must be made available on the department's
Web site by August 1, 2010. Applications for subsequent years' certification must be made
available on the department's Web site by November 1 of the preceding year.

(b) Within 30 days of receiving an application for certification under this subdivision,
the commissioner must either certify the business as satisfying the conditions required of a
qualified small business, request additional information from the business, or reject the
application for certification. If the commissioner requests additional information from the
business, the commissioner must either certify the business or reject the application within
30 days of receiving the additional information. If the commissioner neither certifies the
business nor rejects the application within 30 days of receiving the original application or
within 30 days of receiving the additional information requested, whichever is later, then
the application is deemed rejected, and the commissioner must refund the $150 application
fee. A business that applies for certification and is rejected may reapply.

(c) To receive certification, a business must satisfy all of the following conditions:

(1) the business has its headquarters in Minnesota;

(2) at least 51 percent of the business's employees are employed in Minnesota, and
51 percent of the business's total payroll is paid or incurred in the state;

(3) the business is engaged in, or is committed to engage in, innovation in Minnesota
in one of the following as its primary business activity:

(i) using proprietary technology to add value to a product, process, or service in a
qualified high-technology field;

(ii) researching or developing a proprietary product, process, or service in a qualified
high-technology field; or

(iii) researching, developing, or producing a new proprietary technology for use in
the fields of agriculture, tourism, forestry, mining, manufacturing, or transportation;

(4) other than the activities specifically listed in clause (3), the business is not
engaged in real estate development, insurance, banking, lending, lobbying, political
consulting, information technology consulting, wholesale or retail trade, leisure,
hospitality, transportation, construction, ethanol production from corn, or professional
services provided by attorneys, accountants, business consultants, physicians, or health
care consultants;

(5) the business has fewer than 25 employees;

(6) the business deleted text beginmust pay its employees annual wages of at least 175 percent of the
federal poverty guideline for the year for a family of four and must pay its interns annual
wages of at least 175 percent of the federal minimum wage used for federally covered
employers, except that this requirement must be reduced proportionately for employees
and interns who work less than full-time, and does not apply to an executive, officer, or
member of the board of the business, or to any employee who owns, controls, or holds
power to vote more than 20 percent of the outstanding securities of the business
deleted text endnew text begin has not
issued securities that are traded on a public exchange
new text end;

(7) the business has not been in operation for more than ten years;

(8) the business has not previously received private equity investments of more
than $4,000,000; and

(9) the business is not an entity disqualified under section 80A.50, paragraph (b),
clause (3).

(d) In deleted text beginapplying the limitdeleted text endnew text begin determining whether a business satisfies the conditionsnew text end
under paragraph (c), deleted text beginclause (5), the employees in all membersdeleted text endnew text begin clauses (1) to (9), for a
business that is or was a member or part, during the current or prior three taxable years,
new text end of
deleted text begin thedeleted text endnew text begin anew text end unitary business, as defined in section 290.17, subdivision 4, deleted text beginmust be includeddeleted text endnew text begin the
entire unitary business must satisfy each of the conditions
new text end.

(e) In order for a qualified investment in a business to be eligible for tax creditsdeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin:
new text end

new text begin(1) new text endthe business must have applied for and received certification for the calendar
year in which the investment was made prior to the date on which the qualified investment
was madenew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (2) the business must not have issued securities that are traded on a public exchange;
new text end

new text begin (3) the business must not have issued securities that are traded on a public exchange
within 180 days after the date on which the qualified investment was made; and
new text end

new text begin (4) the business must not have converted the qualified investment for cash, cash and
other consideration, or any other form of equity or a debt interest within 180 days after the
date on which the qualified investment was made
new text end.

(f) The commissioner must maintain a list of businesses certified under this
subdivision for the calendar year and make the list accessible to the public on the
department's Web site.

(g) For purposes of this subdivision, the following terms have the meanings given:

(1) "qualified high-technology field" includes aerospace, agricultural processing,
renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation, environmental engineering, food
technology, cellulosic ethanol, information technology, materials science technology,
nanotechnology, telecommunications, biotechnology, medical device products,
pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, biologicals, chemistry, veterinary science, and similar
fields; and

(2) "proprietary technology" means the technical innovations that are unique and
legally owned or licensed by a business and includes, without limitation, those innovations
that are patented, patent pending, a subject of trade secrets, or copyrighted.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment,
except the amendment to paragraph (e) is effective for qualified small businesses certified
after June 30, 2012.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 116J.8737, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Credit allowed.

(a) A qualified investor or qualified fund is eligible for
a credit equal to 25 percent of the qualified investment in a qualified small business.
Investments made by a pass-through entity qualify for a credit only if the entity is a
qualified fund. The commissioner must not allocate more than $11,000,000 in credits to
qualified investors or qualified funds for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2009,
and before January 1, 2011, deleted text beginanddeleted text end must not allocate more than $12,000,000 in credits per
year for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2010, and before January 1, deleted text begin2015deleted text endnew text begin
2012, and must not allocate more than $20,000,000 in credits per year for taxable years
beginning after December 31, 2011, and before January 1, 2015
new text end. Any portion of a taxable
year's credits that is not allocated by the commissioner does not cancel and may be carried
forward to subsequent taxable years until all credits have been allocated.

(b) The commissioner may not allocate more than a total maximum amount in credits
for a taxable year to a qualified investor for the investor's cumulative qualified investments
as an individual qualified investor and as an investor in a qualified fund; for married
couples filing joint returns the maximum is $250,000, and for all other filers the maximum
is $125,000. The commissioner may not allocate more than a total of $1,000,000 in credits
over all taxable years for qualified investments in any one qualified small business.

(c) The commissioner may not allocate a credit to a qualified investor either as an
individual qualified investor or as an investor in a qualified fund if the investor receives
more than 50 percent of the investor's gross annual income from the qualified small
business in which the qualified investment is proposed. A member of the family of an
individual disqualified by this paragraph is not eligible for a credit under this section. For
a married couple filing a joint return, the limitations in this paragraph apply collectively
to the investor and spouse. For purposes of determining the ownership interest of an
investor under this paragraph, the rules under section 267(c) and 267(e) of the Internal
Revenue Code apply.

(d) Applications for tax credits for 2010 must be made available on the department's
Web site by September 1, 2010, and the department must begin accepting applications
by September 1, 2010. Applications for subsequent years must be made available by
November 1 of the preceding year.

(e) Qualified investors and qualified funds must apply to the commissioner for tax
credits. Tax credits must be allocated to qualified investors or qualified funds in the order
that the tax credit request applications are filed with the department. The commissioner
must approve or reject tax credit request applications within 15 days of receiving the
application. The investment specified in the application must be made within 60 days of
the allocation of the credits. If the investment is not made within 60 days, the credit
allocation is canceled and available for reallocation. A qualified investor or qualified fund
that fails to invest as specified in the application, within 60 days of allocation of the
credits, must notify the commissioner of the failure to invest within five business days of
the expiration of the 60-day investment period.

(f) All tax credit request applications filed with the department on the same day must
be treated as having been filed contemporaneously. If two or more qualified investors or
qualified funds file tax credit request applications on the same day, and the aggregate
amount of credit allocation claims exceeds the aggregate limit of credits under this section
or the lesser amount of credits that remain unallocated on that day, then the credits must
be allocated among the qualified investors or qualified funds who filed on that day on a
pro rata basis with respect to the amounts claimed. The pro rata allocation for any one
qualified investor or qualified fund is the product obtained by multiplying a fraction,
the numerator of which is the amount of the credit allocation claim filed on behalf of
a qualified investor and the denominator of which is the total of all credit allocation
claims filed on behalf of all applicants on that day, by the amount of credits that remain
unallocated on that day for the taxable year.

(g) A qualified investor or qualified fund, or a qualified small business acting on their
behalf, must notify the commissioner when an investment for which credits were allocated
has been made, and the taxable year in which the investment was made. A qualified fund
must also provide the commissioner with a statement indicating the amount invested by
each investor in the qualified fund based on each investor's share of the assets of the
qualified fund at the time of the qualified investment. After receiving notification that the
investment was made, the commissioner must issue credit certificates for the taxable year
in which the investment was made to the qualified investor or, for an investment made by
a qualified fund, to each qualified investor who is an investor in the fund. The certificate
must state that the credit is subject to revocation if the qualified investor or qualified
fund does not hold the investment in the qualified small business for at least three years,
consisting of the calendar year in which the investment was made and the two following
years. The three-year holding period does not apply if:

(1) the investment by the qualified investor or qualified fund becomes worthless
before the end of the three-year period;

(2) 80 percent or more of the assets of the qualified small business is sold before
the end of the three-year period;

(3) the qualified small business is sold before the end of the three-year period; or

(4) the qualified small business's common stock begins trading on a public exchange
before the end of the three-year period.

(h) The commissioner must notify the commissioner of revenue of credit certificates
issued under this section.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for taxable years beginning after
December 31, 2011.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 116J.8737, subdivision 8, is amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Data privacy.

(a) Data contained in an application submitted to the
commissioner under subdivision 2, 3, or 4 are nonpublic data, or private data on
individuals, as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 9 or 12, except that the following
data items are public:

(1) the namenew text begin, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, contact person's
name, and industry type
new text end of a qualified small business upon approval of the application
and certification by the commissioner under subdivision 2;

(2) the name of a qualified investor upon approval of the application and certification
by the commissioner under subdivision 3;

(3) the name of a qualified fund upon approval of the application and certification
by the commissioner under subdivision 4;

(4) for credit certificates issued under subdivision 5, the amount of the credit
certificate issued, amount of the qualifying investment, the name of the qualifying investor
or qualifying fund that received the certificate, and the name of the qualifying small
business in which the qualifying investment was made;

(5) for credits revoked under subdivision 7, paragraph (a), the amount revoked and
the name of the qualified investor or qualified fund; and

(6) for credits revoked under subdivision 7, paragraphs (b) and (c), the amount
revoked and the name of the qualified small business.

(b) The following data, including data classified as nonpublic or private, must be
provided to the consultant for use in conducting the program evaluation under subdivision
10:

(1) the commissioner of employment and economic development shall provide data
contained in an application for certification received from a qualified small business,
qualified investor, or qualified fund, and any annual reporting information received on a
qualified small business, qualified investor, or qualified fund; and

(2) the commissioner of revenue shall provide data contained in any applicable tax
returns of a qualified small business, qualified investor, or qualified fund.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for businesses requesting certification
starting on the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 6.

new text begin [297I.23] MINNESOTA BUSINESS INVESTMENT COMPANY CREDIT.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Credit allowed. new text end

new text begin (a) A participating investor as defined under section
116J.665, subdivision 1, is allowed a credit against the tax imposed in this chapter equal to
85 percent of the participating investor's investment of designated capital in a Minnesota
business investment company. For taxable years 2016 to 2020, a participating investor
may claim an amount equal to the following percentages of the participating investor's
investment of designated capital:
new text end

new text begin (1) for taxable year 2016, ten percent;
new text end

new text begin (2) for taxable year 2017, 15 percent; and
new text end

new text begin (3) for taxable years 2018, 2019, and 2020, 20 percent for each year.
new text end

new text begin (b) The credit for any taxable year must not exceed the liability for tax. If the
amount of the credit determined under this section for any taxable year exceeds the
liability for tax, the excess is an investment tax credit carryover to each of the succeeding
taxable years and must be carried forward to each succeeding taxable year until the entire
carryforward has been credited against the participating investor's liability for tax under
this chapter. Credits may be used in connection with both estimated and return payments
of a participating investor's state premium tax liability.
new text end

new text begin (c) A participating investor claiming a credit under this section is not required to pay
any additional retaliatory tax levied by Minnesota as a result of claiming the credit.
new text end

new text begin (d) A participating investor is not required to reduce the amount of tax pursuant to
the state premium tax liability included by the participating investor in connection with
ratemaking for any insurance contract written in this state because of a reduction in the
participating investor's tax liability based on the tax credit allowed under this section.
new text end

new text begin (e) Decertification of a Minnesota business investment company under section
116J.665 may result in the disallowance and the recapture of the credit allowed under this
section. The amount disallowed and recaptured must be assessed as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) decertification of a Minnesota business investment company within two years
of the allocation date of tax credits and prior to meeting the requirements of section
116J.665, subdivision 5, paragraph (a), clause (1), shall result in the disallowance of all
of the credits allowed under this section;
new text end

new text begin (2) decertification of a Minnesota business investment company after two years
of the allocation date of tax credits, but prior to meeting the requirements of section
116J.665, subdivision 5, paragraph (a), clause (1), results in the disallowance of one-half
of all the credits allowed under this section; and
new text end

new text begin (3) decertification of a Minnesota business investment company that has already met
the requirements of section 116J.665, subdivision 5, paragraph (a), clause (1), does not
cause the disallowance of any credits allowed under this section nor the recapture of any
portion of the credits that was previously taken.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Transfers. new text end

new text begin A participating investor must not transfer, agree to transfer,
sell, or agree to sell the credit under this section until 180 days from the date on which
the participating investor invested designated capital. After 180 days from the date
of investment, a participating investor, or subsequent transferee, may transfer credits
to another person who is subject to tax and must notify the commissioner in the form
prescribed by the commissioner within 30 days of the transfer. A person must not transfer
a credit more than once in a 12-month period. No person is entitled to a refund for the
interest created under this subdivision. A credit acquired by transfer is subject to the
limitations prescribed in this section. Any transfer or sale of the credits does not affect the
time schedule for claiming the credit. Any tax credits recaptured under this section remain
the liability of the participating investor that applied the credit towards its tax liability.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Repayment of tax benefits received. new text end

new text begin (a) Decertification of a Minnesota
business investment company or revocation of credits under section 116J.665 results in
the disallowance to certified investors of any credits for that tax year or future tax years
and the participating investor is required to repay any credits claimed for the previous
year. Repayment must be made within 60 days of the decertification or the revocation
of the certification.
new text end

new text begin (b) The provisions of chapters 270C and 297I relating to audit, assessment, refund,
collection, and appeals are applicable to the credits claimed and repayment required under
this section. The commissioner may impose civil penalties as provided in section 297I.85,
and additional tax and penalties are subject to interest at the rate provided in section
270C.40, from the date payment was due.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for taxable years beginning after
December 31, 2012.
new text end