as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 01/21/2015 09:12am
A bill for an act
relating to taxation; income; repealing the sunset of the small business investment
credit; amending Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 116J.8737, subdivision 5;
repealing Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 116J.8737, subdivision 12.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 116J.8737, subdivision 5, is amended to
(a)(1) 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 $15,000,000 new text beginnew text endin credits to qualified investors or qualified funds deleted text beginfor taxable years beginning after
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(2) for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2014, and before January 1,
2017, $7,500,000 must be allocated to credits for qualifying investments in qualified
greater Minnesota businesses and minority- or women-owned qualified small businesses
in Minnesota. Any portion of a taxable year's credits that is reserved for qualifying
investments in greater Minnesota businesses and minority- or women-owned qualified
small businesses in Minnesota that is not allocated by September 30 of the taxable year is
available for allocation to other credit applications beginning on October 1. 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, at the time the
investment is proposed:
(1) the investor is an officer or principal of the qualified small business; or
(2) the investor, either individually or in combination with one or more members of
the investor's family, owns, controls, or holds the power to vote 20 percent or more of
the outstanding securities of the qualified small business.
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;
(4) the qualified small business's common stock begins trading on a public exchange
before the end of the three-year period; or
(5) the qualified investor dies before the end of the three-year period.
(h) The commissioner must notify the commissioner of revenue of credit certificates
issued under this section.
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