A qualified business is allowed a credit against the taxes imposed under chapter 290.
The credit equals seven percent of the:
(1) lesser of:
(i) zone payroll for the taxable year, less the zone payroll for the base year; or
(ii) total Minnesota payroll for the taxable year, less total Minnesota payroll for the base year; minus
(2) $30,000 multiplied by the number of full-time equivalent employee positions that the qualified business employs in the biotechnology and health sciences industry zone for the taxable year, minus the number of full-time equivalent employees the business employed in the zone in the base year, but not less than zero.
(a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the meaning given.
(b) "Base year" means the taxable year beginning during the calendar year in which the commissioner designated the zone.
(c) "Full-time equivalent employee position" means the equivalent of annualized expected hours of work equal to 2,080 hours.
(d) "Minnesota payroll" means the wages or salaries attributed to Minnesota under section 290.191, subdivision 12, for the qualified business or the unitary business of which the qualified business is a part, whichever is greater.
(e) "Zone payroll" means wages or salaries used to determine the zone payroll factor for the qualified business.
For taxable years beginning after December 31, 2004, the dollar amount in subdivision 1, clause (2), is annually adjusted for inflation. The commissioner of revenue shall adjust the amount by the percentage determined under section 290.06, subdivision 2d, for the taxable year.