(a) A qualified business located in a create automotive recovery zone is allowed a credit against the tax imposed under chapter 290 equal to $2,500 times the number of full-time equivalent employees receiving wages from the qualified business for working at the facility during the taxable year. The qualified business is allowed an additional credit equal to $1,000 times the number of full-time equivalent employees receiving wages from the qualified business for working at the facility during the taxable year in excess of 750 employees.
(b) For purposes of this section, "employee" and "wages" have the meanings given them in section 290.92, subdivisions 1 and 3.
(c) For purposes of this section, "full-time equivalent employees" means the equivalent of annualized expected hours of work equal to 2,080 hours.
If the amount of the credit exceeds the liability for tax under chapter 290, the commissioner of revenue shall refund the excess to the qualified business.
An amount sufficient to pay the refunds authorized by this section is appropriated to the commissioner of revenue from the general fund.
The commissioner shall prescribe the manner in which the credit may be issued or claimed. This may include allowing the credit only as a separately processed claim for refund.