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AB-11 Taxes: credits: small businesses. (2011-2012)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 11


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Portantino

December 06, 2010


An act to repeal and amend Sections 17053.80 and 23623 of, and to add and repeal Sections 17053.76 and 23622.9 of, the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to taxation, to take effect immediately, tax levy.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 11, as introduced, Portantino. Taxes: credits: small businesses.
The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law authorize various credits against the taxes imposed by those laws, including a credit in an amount equal to $3,000, prorated as provided, for each full-time employee hired during the taxable year by a qualified employer, as defined. Existing law caps the total amount of credit which may be allocated under those provisions to $400,000,000.
This bill would reduce the total amount of credit which may be allocated under those laws to $200,000,000.
This bill would also, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2011, authorize a credit, under both laws, in an amount equal to 20% of the total amount of the annual workers’ compensation premiums paid by a qualified taxpayer, as defined. This bill would cap the total amount of credit which may be allocated under these provisions to $200,000,000.
This bill would constitute a change in state statute that would result in a taxpayer paying a higher tax within the meaning of Section 3 of Article XIII A of the California Constitution, and thus would require for passage the approval of 2/3 of the membership of each house of the Legislature.
This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 17053.76 is added to the Revenue and Taxation Code, to read:

17053.76.
 (a) For each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2011, there shall be allowed as a credit against the “net tax,” as defined in Section 17039, an amount equal to 20 percent of the total amount of the annual workers’ compensation premiums paid by a qualified taxpayer during the taxable year.
(b) For purposes of this section, “qualified taxpayer” means any taxpayer that meets both of the following requirements:
(1) Except for a taxpayer who first commences doing business in this state during the taxable year, the taxpayer employed a total of 20 or fewer employees as of the last day of the preceding taxable year.
(2) The taxpayer has, in the current taxable year, gross receipts, less returns and allowances, reportable for that taxable year to this state of one million dollars ($1,000,000) or less.
(c) (1) (A) A credit under this section and Section 23622.9 shall be allowed only for credits claimed on timely filed original returns received by the Franchise Tax Board on or before the cut-off date established by the Franchise Tax Board and shall be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
(B) For purposes of this paragraph, the cut-off date shall be the last day of the calendar quarter within which the Franchise Tax Board estimates it will have received timely filed original returns claiming credits under this section and Section 23622.9 that cumulatively total two hundred million dollars ($200,000,000) for all taxable years.
(2) The date a return is received shall be determined by the Franchise Tax Board.
(3) (A) The determinations of the Franchise Tax Board with respect to the cut-off date, the date a return is received, and whether a return has been timely filed for purposes of this subdivision shall not be reviewed in any administrative or judicial proceeding.
(B) Any disallowance of a credit claimed due to a determination under this subdivision, including the application of the limitation specified in paragraph (1), shall be treated as a mathematical error appearing on the return. Any amount of tax resulting from such disallowance shall be assessed by the Franchise Tax Board in the same manner as provided by Section 19051.
(4) The Franchise Tax Board shall periodically provide notice on its Internet Web site with respect to the amount of credit under this section and Section 23622.9 claimed on timely filed original returns received by the Franchise Tax Board.
(d) For purposes of this section:
(1) All employees of the trades or businesses that are treated as related under either Section 267, 318, or 707 of the Internal Revenue Code shall be treated as employed by a single taxpayer.
(2) In determining whether the taxpayer has first commenced doing business in this state during the taxable year, the provisions of subdivision (f) of Section 17276, without the application of paragraph (7) of that subdivision, shall apply.
(e) If any credit allowed by this section is claimed by the taxpayer, any deduction or credit otherwise allowed under this part for annual workers’ compensation premiums shall not be allowed.
(f) In the case where the credit allowed under this section exceeds the “tax,” the excess credit may be carried over to reduce the “tax” in the following taxable year, and succeeding eight taxable years, if necessary, until the credit has been exhausted.
(g) The Franchise Tax Board may prescribe rules, guidelines, or procedures necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this section, including any guidelines regarding the limitation on total credits allowable under this section and Section 23622.9.
(h) This section shall remain in effect only until December 1 of the calendar year after the year of the cut-off date, and as of that December 1 is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 Section 17053.80 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, as added by Section 3 of Chapter 10 of the Third Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is repealed.
17053.80.

(a)For each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2009, there shall be allowed as a credit against the “net tax,” as defined in Section 17039, three thousand dollars ($3,000) for each net increase in qualified full-time employees, as specified in subdivision (c), hired during the taxable year by a qualified employer.

(b)For purposes of this section:

(1)“Acquired” includes any gift, inheritance, transfer incident to divorce, or any other transfer, whether or not for consideration.

(2)“Qualified full-time employee” means:

(A)A qualified employee who was paid qualified wages by the qualified employer for services of not less than an average of 35 hours per week.

(B)A qualified employee who was a salaried employee and was paid compensation during the taxable year for full-time employment, within the meaning of Section 515 of the Labor Code, by the qualified employer.

(3)A “qualified employee” shall not include any of the following:

(A)An employee certified as a qualified employee in an enterprise zone designated in accordance with Chapter 12.8 (commencing with Section 7070) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code.

(B)An employee certified as a qualified disadvantaged individual in a manufacturing enhancement area designated in accordance with Section 7073.8 of the Government Code.

(C)An employee certified as a qualified employee in a targeted tax area designated in accordance with Section 7097 of the Government Code.

(D)An employee certified as a qualified disadvantaged individual or a qualified displaced employee in a local agency military base recovery area (LAMBRA) designated in accordance with Chapter 12.97 (commencing with Section 7105) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code.

(E)An employee whose wages are included in calculating any other credit allowed under this part.

(4)“Qualified employer” means a taxpayer that, as of the last day of the preceding taxable year, employed a total of 20 or fewer employees.

(5)“Qualified wages” means wages subject to Division 6 (commencing with Section 13000) of the Unemployment Insurance Code.

(6)“Annual full-time equivalent” means either of the following:

(A)In the case of a full-time employee paid hourly qualified wages, “annual full-time equivalent” means the total number of hours worked for the taxpayer by the employee (not to exceed 2,000 hours per employee) divided by 2,000.

(B)In the case of a salaried full-time employee, “annual full-time equivalent” means the total number of weeks worked for the taxpayer by the employee divided by 52.

(c)The net increase in qualified full-time employees of a qualified employer shall be determined as provided by this subdivision:

(1)(A)The net increase in qualified full-time employees shall be determined on an annual full-time equivalent basis by subtracting from the amount determined in subparagraph (C) the amount determined in subparagraph (B).

(B)The total number of qualified full-time employees employed in the preceding taxable year by the taxpayer and by any trade or business acquired by the taxpayer during the current taxable year.

(C)The total number of full-time employees employed in the current taxable year by the taxpayer and by any trade or business acquired during the current taxable year.

(2)For taxpayers who first commence doing business in this state during the taxable year, the number of full-time employees for the immediately preceding prior taxable year shall be zero.

(d)In the case where the credit allowed by this section exceeds the “net tax,” the excess may be carried over to reduce the “net tax” in the following year, and succeeding seven years if necessary, until the credit is exhausted.

(e)Any deduction otherwise allowed under this part for qualified wages shall not be reduced by the amount of the credit allowed under this section.

(f)For purposes of this section:

(1)All employees of the trades or businesses that are treated as related under either Section 267, 318, or 707 of the Internal Revenue Code shall be treated as employed by a single taxpayer.

(2)In determining whether the taxpayer has first commenced doing business in this state during the taxable year, the provisions of subdivision (f) of Section 17276, without application of paragraph (7) of that subdivision, shall apply.

(g)(1)(A)Credit under this section and Section 23623 shall be allowed only for credits claimed on timely filed original returns received by the Franchise Tax Board on or before the cut-off date established by the Franchise Tax Board.

(B)For purposes of this paragraph, the cut-off date shall be the last day of the calendar quarter within which the Franchise Tax Board estimates it will have received timely filed original returns claiming credits under this section and Section 23623 that cumulatively total four hundred million dollars ($400,000,000) for all taxable years.

(2)The date a return is received shall be determined by the Franchise Tax Board.

(3)(A)The determinations of the Franchise Tax Board with respect to the cut-off date, the date a return is received, and whether a return has been timely filed for purposes of this subdivision may not be reviewed in any administrative or judicial proceeding

(B)Any disallowance of a credit claimed due to a determination under this subdivision, including the application of the limitation specified in paragraph (1), shall be treated as a mathematical error appearing on the return. Any amount of tax resulting from such disallowance may be assessed by the Franchise Tax Board in the same manner as provided by Section 19051.

(4)The Franchise Tax Board shall periodically provide notice on its Web site with respect to the amount of credit under this section and Section 23623 claimed on timely filed original returns received by the Franchise Tax Board.

(h)(1)The Franchise Tax Board may prescribe rules, guidelines or procedures necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this section, including any guidelines regarding the limitation on total credits allowable under this section and Section 23623 and guidelines necessary to avoid the application of paragraph (2) of subdivision (f) through split-ups, shell corporations, partnerships, tiered ownership structures, or otherwise.

(2)Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code does not apply to any standard, criterion, procedure, determination, rule, notice, or guideline established or issued by the Franchise Tax Board pursuant to this section.

(i)This section shall remain in effect only until December 1 of the calendar year after the year of the cut-off date, and as of that December 1 is repealed.

SEC. 3.

 Section 17053.80 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, as added by Section 3 of Chapter 17 of the Third Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

17053.80.
 (a) For each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2009, there shall be allowed as a credit against the “net tax,” as defined in Section 17039, three thousand dollars ($3,000) for each net increase in qualified full-time employees, as specified in subdivision (c), hired during the taxable year by a qualified employer.
(b) For purposes of this section:
(1) “Acquired” includes any gift, inheritance, transfer incident to divorce, or any other transfer, whether or not for consideration.
(2) “Qualified full-time employee” means:
(A) A qualified employee who was paid qualified wages by the qualified employer for services of not less than an average of 35 hours per week.
(B) A qualified employee who was a salaried employee and was paid compensation during the taxable year for full-time employment, within the meaning of Section 515 of the Labor Code, by the qualified employer.
(3) A “qualified employee” shall not include any of the following:
(A) An employee certified as a qualified employee in an enterprise zone designated in accordance with Chapter 12.8 (commencing with Section 7070) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code.
(B) An employee certified as a qualified disadvantaged individual in a manufacturing enhancement area designated in accordance with Section 7073.8 of the Government Code.
(C) An employee certified as a qualified employee in a targeted tax area designated in accordance with Section 7097 of the Government Code.
(D) An employee certified as a qualified disadvantaged individual or a qualified displaced employee in a local agency military base recovery area (LAMBRA) designated in accordance with Chapter 12.97 (commencing with Section 7105) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code.
(E) An employee whose wages are included in calculating any other credit allowed under this part.
(4) “Qualified employer” means a taxpayer that, as of the last day of the preceding taxable year, employed a total of 20 or fewer employees.
(5) “Qualified wages” means wages subject to Division 6 (commencing with Section 13000) of the Unemployment Insurance Code.
(6) “Annual full-time equivalent” means either of the following:
(A) In the case of a full-time employee paid hourly qualified wages, “annual full-time equivalent” means the total number of hours worked for the taxpayer by the employee (not to exceed 2,000 hours per employee) divided by 2,000.
(B) In the case of a salaried full-time employee, “annual full-time equivalent” means the total number of weeks worked for the taxpayer by the employee divided by 52.
(c) The net increase in qualified full-time employees of a qualified employer shall be determined as provided by this subdivision:
(1) (A) The net increase in qualified full-time employees shall be determined on an annual full-time equivalent basis by subtracting from the amount determined in subparagraph (C) the amount determined in subparagraph (B).
(B) The total number of qualified full-time employees employed in the preceding taxable year by the taxpayer and by any trade or business acquired by the taxpayer during the current taxable year.
(C) The total number of full-time employees employed in the current taxable year by the taxpayer and by any trade or business acquired during the current taxable year.
(2) For taxpayers who first commence doing business in this state during the taxable year, the number of full-time employees for the immediately preceding prior taxable year shall be zero.
(d) In the case where the credit allowed by this section exceeds the “net tax,” the excess may be carried over to reduce the “net tax” in the following year, and succeeding seven years if necessary, until the credit is exhausted.
(e) Any deduction otherwise allowed under this part for qualified wages shall not be reduced by the amount of the credit allowed under this section.
(f) For purposes of this section:
(1) All employees of the trades or businesses that are treated as related under either Section 267, 318, or 707 of the Internal Revenue Code shall be treated as employed by a single taxpayer.
(2) In determining whether the taxpayer has first commenced doing business in this state during the taxable year, the provisions of subdivision (f) of Section 17276, without application of paragraph (7) of that subdivision, shall apply.
(g) (1) (A) Credit under this section and Section 23623 shall be allowed only for credits claimed on timely filed original returns received by the Franchise Tax Board on or before the cut-off date established by the Franchise Tax Board.
(B) For purposes of this paragraph, the cut-off date shall be the last day of the calendar quarter within which the Franchise Tax Board estimates it will have received timely filed original returns claiming credits under this section and Section 23623 that cumulatively total four two hundred million dollars ($400,000,000) ($200,000,000) for all taxable years.
(2) The date a return is received shall be determined by the Franchise Tax Board.
(3) (A) The determinations of the Franchise Tax Board with respect to the cut-off date, the date a return is received, and whether a return has been timely filed for purposes of this subdivision may not be reviewed in any administrative or judicial proceeding proceeding.
(B) Any disallowance of a credit claimed due to a determination under this subdivision, including the application of the limitation specified in paragraph (1), shall be treated as a mathematical error appearing on the return. Any amount of tax resulting from such disallowance may be assessed by the Franchise Tax Board in the same manner as provided by Section 19051.
(4) The Franchise Tax Board shall periodically provide notice on its Internet Web site with respect to the amount of credit under this section and Section 23623 claimed on timely filed original returns received by the Franchise Tax Board.
(h) (1) The Franchise Tax Board may prescribe rules, guidelines, or procedures necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this section, including any guidelines regarding the limitation on total credits allowable under this section and Section 23623 and guidelines necessary to avoid the application of paragraph (2) of subdivision (f) through split-ups, shell corporations, partnerships, tiered ownership structures, or otherwise.
(2) Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code does not apply to any standard, criterion, procedure, determination, rule, notice, or guideline established or issued by the Franchise Tax Board pursuant to this section.
(i) This section shall remain in effect only until December 1 of the calendar year after the year of the cut-off date, and as of that December 1 is repealed.

SEC. 4.

 Section 23622.9 is added to the Revenue and Taxation Code, to read:

23622.9.
 (a) For each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2011, there shall be allowed as a credit against the “tax,” as defined in Section 23036, an amount equal to 20 percent of the total amount of workers’ compensation premiums paid by a qualified taxpayer during the taxable year.
(b) For purposes of this section, “qualified taxpayer” means any taxpayer that meets both of the following requirements:
(1) Except for a taxpayer who first commences doing business in this state during the taxable year, the taxpayer employed a total of 20 or fewer employees as of the last day of the preceding taxable year.
(2) The taxapayer has, in the current taxable year, gross receipts, less returns and allowances, reportable for that taxable year to this state of one million dollars ($1,000,000) or less.
(c) (1) (A) A credit under this section and Section 17053.76 shall be allowed only for credits claimed on timely filed original returns received by the Franchise Tax Board on or before the cut-off date established by the Franchise Tax Board and shall be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
(B) For purposes of this paragraph, the cut-off date shall be the last day of the calendar quarter within which the Franchise Tax Board estimates it will have received timely filed original returns claiming credits under this section and Section 17053.76 that cumulatively total two hundred million dollars ($200,000,000) for all taxable years.
(2) The date a return is received shall be determined by the Franchise Tax Board.
(3) (A) The determinations of the Franchise Tax Board with respect to the cut-off date, the date a return is received, and whether a return has been timely filed for purposes of this subdivision may not be reviewed in any administrative or judicial proceeding.
(B) Any disallowance of a credit claimed due to a determination under this subdivision, including the application of the limitation specified in paragraph (1), shall be treated as a mathematical error appearing on the return. Any amount of tax resulting from such disallowance may be assessed by the Franchise Tax Board in the same manner as provided by Section 19051.
(4) The Franchise Tax Board shall periodically provide notice on its Internet Web site with respect to the amount of credit under this section and Section 17053.76 claimed on timely filed original returns received by the Franchise Tax Board.
(d) For purposes of this section:
(1) All employees of the trades or businesses that are treated as related under either Section 267, 318, or 707 of the Internal Revenue Code shall be treated as employed by a single taxpayer.
(2) In determining whether the taxpayer has first commenced doing business in this state during the taxable year, the provisions of subdivision (f) of Section 17276, without the application of paragraph (7) of that subdivision, shall apply.
(e) If any credit allowed by this section is claimed by the taxpayer, any deduction or credit otherwise allowed under this part for annual workers’ compensation premiums shall not be allowed.
(f) In the case where the credit allowed under this section exceeds the “net tax,” the excess credit may be carried over to reduce the “net tax” in the following taxable year, and succeeding eight taxable years, if necessary, until the credit has been exhausted.
(g) The Franchise Tax Board may prescribe rules, guidelines, or procedures necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this section, including any guidelines regarding the limitation on total credits allowable under this section and Section 23622.9.
(h) This section shall remain in effect only until December 1 of the calendar year after the year of the cut-off date, and as of that December 1 is repealed.

SEC. 5.

 Section 23623 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, as added by Section 8 of Chapter 10 of the Third Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is repealed.
23623.

(a)For each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2009, there shall be allowed as a credit against the “tax,” as defined in Section 23036, three thousand dollars ($3,000) for each net increase in qualified full-time employees, as specified in subdivision (c), hired during the taxable year by a qualified employer.

(b)For purposes of this section:

(1)“Acquired” includes any gift, inheritance, transfer incident to divorce, or any other transfer, whether or not for consideration.

(2)“Qualified full-time employee” means:

(A)A qualified employee who was paid qualified wages during the taxable year by the qualified employer for services of not less than an average of 35 hours per week.

(B)A qualified employee who was a salaried employee and was paid compensation during the taxable year for full-time employment, within the meaning of Section 515 of the Labor Code, by the qualified employer.

(3)A “qualified employee” shall not include any of the following:

(A)An employee certified as a qualified employee in an enterprise zone designated in accordance with Chapter 12.8 (commencing with Section 7070) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code.

(B)An employee certified as a qualified disadvantaged individual in a manufacturing enhancement area designated in accordance with Section 7073.8 of the Government Code.

(C)An employee certified as a qualified employee in a targeted tax area designated in accordance with Section 7097 of the Government Code.

(D)An employee certified as a qualified disadvantaged individual or a qualified displaced employee in a local agency military base recovery area (LAMBRA) designated in accordance with Chapter 12.97 (commencing with Section 7105) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code.

(E)An employee whose wages are included in calculating any other credit allowed under this part.

(4)“Qualified employer” means a taxpayer that, as of the last day of the preceding taxable year, employed a total of 20 or fewer employees.

(5)“Qualified wages” means wages subject to Division 6 (commencing with Section 13000) of the Unemployment Insurance Code.

(6)“Annual full-time equivalent” means either of the following:

(A)In the case of a full-time employee paid hourly qualified wages, “annual full-time equivalent” means the total number of hours worked for the taxpayer by the employee (not to exceed 2,000 hours per employee) divided by 2,000.

(B)In the case of a salaried full-time employee, “annual full-time equivalent” means the total number of weeks worked for the taxpayer by the employee divided by 52.

(c)The net increase in qualified full-time employees of a qualified employer shall be determined as provided by this subdivision:

(1)(A)The net increase in qualified full-time employees shall be determined on an annual full-time equivalent basis by subtracting from the amount determined in subparagraph (C) the amount determined in subparagraph (B).

(B)The total number of qualified full-time employees employed in the preceding taxable year by the taxpayer and by any trade or business acquired by the taxpayer during the current taxable year.

(C)The total number of full-time employees employed in the current taxable year by the taxpayer and by any trade or business acquired during the current taxable year.

(2)For taxpayers who first commence doing business in this state during the taxable year, the number of full-time employees for the immediately preceding prior taxable year shall be zero.

(d)In the case where the credit allowed by this section exceeds the “tax,” the excess may be carried over to reduce the “tax” in the following year, and succeeding seven years if necessary, until the credit is exhausted.

(e)Any deduction otherwise allowed under this part for qualified wages shall not be reduced by the amount of the credit allowed under this section.

(f)For purposes of this section:

(1)All employees of the trades or businesses that are treated as related under either Section 267, 318, or 707 of the Internal Revenue Code shall be treated as employed by a single taxpayer.

(2)In determining whether the taxpayer has first commenced doing business in this state during the taxable year, the provisions of subdivision (f) of Section 17276, without application of paragraph (7) of that subdivision, shall apply.

(g)(1)(A)Credit under this section and Section 17053.80 shall be allowed only for credits claimed on timely filed original returns received by the Franchise Tax Board on or before the cut-off date established by the Franchise Tax Board.

(B)For purposes of this paragraph, the cut-off date shall be the last day of the calendar quarter within which the Franchise Tax Board estimates it will have received timely filed original returns claiming credits under this section and Section 17053.80 that cumulatively total four hundred million dollars ($400,000,000) for all taxable years.

(2)The date a return is received shall be determined by the Franchise Tax Board.

(3)(A)The determinations of the Franchise Tax Board with respect to the cut-off date, the date a return is received, and whether a return has been timely filed for purposes of this subdivision may not be reviewed in any administrative or judicial proceeding.

(B)Any disallowance of a credit claimed due to a determination under this subdivision, including the application of the limitation specified in paragraph (1), shall be treated as a mathematical error appearing on the return. Any amount of tax resulting from such disallowance may be assessed by the Franchise Tax Board in the same manner as provided by Section 19051.

(4)The Franchise Tax Board shall periodically provide notice on its Web site with respect to the amount of credit under this section and Section 17053.80 claimed on timely filed original returns received by the Franchise Tax Board.

(h)(1)The Franchise Tax Board may prescribe rules, guidelines or procedures necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this section, including any guidelines regarding the limitation on total credits allowable under this section and Section 17053.80 and guidelines necessary to avoid the application of paragraph (2) of subdivision (f) through split-ups, shell corporations, partnerships, tiered ownership structures, or otherwise.

(2)Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code does not apply to any standard, criterion, procedure, determination, rule, notice, or guideline established or issued by the Franchise Tax Board pursuant to this section.

(i)This section shall remain in effect only until December 1 of the calendar year after the year of the cut-off date, and as of that December 1 is repealed.

SEC. 6.

 Section 23623 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, as added by Section 8 of Chapter 17 of the Third Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

23623.
 (a) For each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2009, there shall be allowed as a credit against the “tax,” as defined in Section 23036, three thousand dollars ($3,000) for each net increase in qualified full-time employees, as specified in subdivision (c), hired during the taxable year by a qualified employer.
(b) For purposes of this section:
(1) “Acquired” includes any gift, inheritance, transfer incident to divorce, or any other transfer, whether or not for consideration.
(2) “Qualified full-time employee” means:
(A) A qualified employee who was paid qualified wages during the taxable year by the qualified employer for services of not less than an average of 35 hours per week.
(B) A qualified employee who was a salaried employee and was paid compensation during the taxable year for full-time employment, within the meaning of Section 515 of the Labor Code, by the qualified employer.
(3) A “qualified employee” shall not include any of the following:
(A) An employee certified as a qualified employee in an enterprise zone designated in accordance with Chapter 12.8 (commencing with Section 7070) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code.
(B) An employee certified as a qualified disadvantaged individual in a manufacturing enhancement area designated in accordance with Section 7073.8 of the Government Code.
(C) An employee certified as a qualified employee in a targeted tax area designated in accordance with Section 7097 of the Government Code.
(D) An employee certified as a qualified disadvantaged individual or a qualified displaced employee in a local agency military base recovery area (LAMBRA) designated in accordance with Chapter 12.97 (commencing with Section 7105) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code.
(E) An employee whose wages are included in calculating any other credit allowed under this part.
(4) “Qualified employer” means a taxpayer that, as of the last day of the preceding taxable year, employed a total of 20 or fewer employees.
(5) “Qualified wages” means wages subject to Division 6 (commencing with Section 13000) of the Unemployment Insurance Code.
(6) “Annual full-time equivalent” means either of the following:
(A) In the case of a full-time employee paid hourly qualified wages, “annual full-time equivalent” means the total number of hours worked for the taxpayer by the employee (not to exceed 2,000 hours per employee) divided by 2,000.
(B) In the case of a salaried full-time employee, “annual full-time equivalent” means the total number of weeks worked for the taxpayer by the employee divided by 52.
(c) The net increase in qualified full-time employees of a qualified employer shall be determined as provided by this subdivision:
(1) (A) The net increase in qualified full-time employees shall be determined on an annual full-time equivalent basis by subtracting from the amount determined in subparagraph (C) the amount determined in subparagraph (B).
(B) The total number of qualified full-time employees employed in the preceding taxable year by the taxpayer and by any trade or business acquired by the taxpayer during the current taxable year.
(C) The total number of full-time employees employed in the current taxable year by the taxpayer and by any trade or business acquired during the current taxable year.
(2) For taxpayers who first commence doing business in this state during the taxable year, the number of full-time employees for the immediately preceding prior taxable year shall be zero.
(d) In the case where the credit allowed by this section exceeds the “tax,” the excess may be carried over to reduce the “tax” in the following year, and succeeding seven years if necessary, until the credit is exhausted.
(e) Any deduction otherwise allowed under this part for qualified wages shall not be reduced by the amount of the credit allowed under this section.
(f) For purposes of this section:
(1) All employees of the trades or businesses that are treated as related under either Section 267, 318, or 707 of the Internal Revenue Code shall be treated as employed by a single taxpayer.
(2) In determining whether the taxpayer has first commenced doing business in this state during the taxable year, the provisions of subdivision (f) of Section 17276, without application of paragraph (7) of that subdivision, shall apply.
(g) (1) (A) Credit under this section and Section 17053.80 shall be allowed only for credits claimed on timely filed original returns received by the Franchise Tax Board on or before the cut-off date established by the Franchise Tax Board.
(B) For purposes of this paragraph, the cut-off date shall be the last day of the calendar quarter within which the Franchise Tax Board estimates it will have received timely filed original returns claiming credits under this section and Section 17053.80 that cumulatively total four two hundred million dollars ($400,000,000) ($200,000,000) for all taxable years.
(2) The date a return is received shall be determined by the Franchise Tax Board.
(3) (A) The determinations of the Franchise Tax Board with respect to the cut-off date, the date a return is received, and whether a return has been timely filed for purposes of this subdivision may not be reviewed in any administrative or judicial proceeding.
(B) Any disallowance of a credit claimed due to a determination under this subdivision, including the application of the limitation specified in paragraph (1), shall be treated as a mathematical error appearing on the return. Any amount of tax resulting from such disallowance may be assessed by the Franchise Tax Board in the same manner as provided by Section 19051.
(4) The Franchise Tax Board shall periodically provide notice on its Internet Web site with respect to the amount of credit under this section and Section 17053.80 claimed on timely filed original returns received by the Franchise Tax Board.
(h) (1) The Franchise Tax Board may prescribe rules, guidelines, or procedures necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this section, including any guidelines regarding the limitation on total credits allowable under this section and Section 17053.80 and guidelines necessary to avoid the application of paragraph (2) of subdivision (f) through split-ups, shell corporations, partnerships, tiered ownership structures, or otherwise.
(2) Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code does not apply to any standard, criterion, procedure, determination, rule, notice, or guideline established or issued by the Franchise Tax Board pursuant to this section.
(i) This section shall remain in effect only until December 1 of the calendar year after the year of the cut-off date, and as of that December 1 is repealed.

SEC. 7.

 This act provides for a tax levy within the meaning of Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into immediate effect.