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AB-1629 Income taxes: credit: employees with disabilities.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/18/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 18, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1629


Introduced by Assembly Member Maienschein
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Baker)
(Coauthor: Senator Beall)

February 17, 2017


An act to add and repeal Sections 17053.75 and 23675 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to taxation, to take effect immediately, tax levy.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1629, as amended, Maienschein. Income taxes: credit: employees with disabilities.
The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow various credits against the taxes imposed by those laws.
This bill, for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2018, and before January 1, 2023, would allow a credit under those laws to a qualified employer that pays or incurs to a qualified employee a wage equal to or exceeding the minimum wage during the taxable year, as provided. The bill would define a qualified employee as an individual with a disability who may be paid a special minimum wage under existing state or federal law. The credit would be allowed in an amount equal to the difference between the special minimum wage and the minimum wage, multiplied by the hours worked by the qualified employee. The bill would require the Franchise Tax Board to submit a report containing specified data relating to these credits to the Legislature by June 1, 2023.
This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 17053.75 is added to the Revenue and Taxation Code, to read:

17053.75.
 (a) For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, and before January 1, 2023, there shall be allowed a credit against the “net tax,” as defined by Section 17039, in an amount as set forth in subdivision (b), to a qualified employer that pays a qualified employee a wage during the taxable year that equals or exceeds the minimum wage.
(b) The credit shall be in an amount that is equal to the difference between the special minimum wage paid or incurred to the qualified employee and the minimum wage, multiplied by the number of hours worked by the qualified employee for the qualified employer during the taxable year.
(c) The credit shall be allowed only for wages paid for the first 24 months of continuous employment of a qualified employee by a qualified employer.

(c)

(d) For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:
(1) “Minimum wage” means the wage established by the Industrial Welfare Commission as provided for in Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 1171) of Part 4 of Division 2 of the Labor Code.
(2) “Qualified employee” means an individual who may meets all of the following requirements:
(A) May be paid a special minimum wage pursuant to Section 214(c) of Title 29 of the United States Code or Section 1191 or 1191.5 of the Labor Code that is subject to withholding pursuant to Division 6 (commencing with Section 13000) of the Unemployment Insurance Code.
(B) Has not previously been employed by the qualified employer.
(C) Was first hired by the qualified employer on or after January 1, 2018.
(3) (A) “Qualified employer” means a taxpayer that employs a qualified employee in this state.
(B) In the case of any pass-thru entity, the determination of whether a taxpayer is a qualified employer under this section shall be made at the entity level, and any credit under this section or Section 23675 shall be allowed to the pass-thru entity and passed through to the partners or shareholders in accordance with applicable provisions of this part or Part 11 (commencing with Section 23001). For purposes of this section, the term “pass-thru entity” means any partnership or “S” Corporation.

(d)

(e) A qualified employer shall do both of the following:
(1) Obtain from the Industrial Welfare Commission a certification that a qualified employee meets the eligibility requirements of paragraph (2) of subdivision (c). (d). The certification shall include the dollar amount of special minimum wage applicable to each qualified employee.
(2) Retain the certification and provide a copy of it upon request to the Franchise Tax Board.

(e)

(f) The Franchise Tax Board may prescribe rules, guidelines, or procedures necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this section. 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.

(f)

(g) In the case where any 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 four years if necessary.

(g)

(h) Any deduction otherwise allowed under this part for any amount paid or incurred by the qualified employer upon which the credit is based shall be reduced by the amount of the credit allowed under this section.

(h)

(i) On or before June 1, 2023, the Franchise Tax Board shall submit a report to the Legislature in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code that contains the following:
(1) The number of Californians with developmental disabilities employed during each year of the operative period of this section and Section 23675.
(2) The number of employers who used and applied for a credit authorized by this section and Section 23675 each year.
(3) The number of employees for whom a credit authorized by this section and Section 23675 was claimed.

(i)

(j) This section shall remain in effect only until December 1, 2023, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 Section 23675 is added to the Revenue and Taxation Code, to read:

23675.
 (a) For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, and before January 1, 2023, there shall be allowed a credit against the “tax,” as defined by Section 23036, in an amount as set forth in subdivision (b), to a qualified employer that pays a qualified employee a wage during the taxable year that equals or exceeds the minimum wage.
(b) The credit shall be in an amount that is equal to the difference between the special minimum wage paid or incurred to the qualified employee and the minimum wage, multiplied by the number of hours worked by the qualified employee for the qualified employer during the taxable year.
(c) The credit shall be allowed only for wages paid for the first 24 months of continuous employment of a qualified employee by a qualified employer.

(c)

(d) For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:
(1) “Minimum wage” means the wage established by the Industrial Welfare Commission as provided for in Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 1171) of Part 4 of Division 2 of the Labor Code.
(2) “Qualified employee” means an individual who may meets all of the following requirements:
(A) May be paid a special minimum wage pursuant to Section 214(c) of Title 29 of the United States Code or Section 1191 or 1191.5 of the Labor Code that is subject to withholding pursuant to Division 6 (commencing with Section 13000) of the Unemployment Insurance Code.
(B) Has not previously been employed by the qualified employer.
(C) Was first hired by the qualified employer on or after January 1, 2018.
(3) (A) “Qualified employer” means a taxpayer that employs a qualified employee in this state.
(B) In the case of any pass-thru entity, the determination of whether a taxpayer is a qualified taxpayer under this section shall be made at the entity level, and any credit under this section or Section 17053.75 shall be allowed to the pass-thru entity and passed through to the partners in accordance with applicable provisions of this part or Part 10 (commencing with Section 17001). For purposes of this subparagraph, the term “pass-thru entity” means any partnership.

(d)

(e) A qualified employer shall do both of the following:
(1) Obtain from the Industrial Welfare Commission a certification that a qualified employee meets the eligibility requirements of paragraph (2) of subdivision (c). (d). The certification shall include the dollar amount of special minimum wage applicable to each qualified employee.
(2) Retain the certification and provide a copy of it upon request to the Franchise Tax Board.

(e)

(f) The Franchise Tax Board may prescribe rules, guidelines, or procedures necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this section. 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.

(f)

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

(g)

(h) Any deduction otherwise allowed under this part for any amount paid or incurred by the qualified employer upon which the credit is based shall be reduced by the amount of the credit allowed under this section.

(h)

(i) On or before June 1, 2023, the Franchise Tax Board shall submit a report to the Legislature in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code that contains the following:
(1) The number of Californians with developmental disabilities employed during each year of the operative period of this section and Section 17053.75.
(2) The number of employers who used and applied for a credit authorized by this section and Section 17053.75 each year.
(3) The number of employees for whom a credit authorized by this section and Section 17053.75 was claimed.

(i)

(j) This section shall remain in effect only until December 1, 2023, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 3.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to comply with Section 41 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.

SEC. 4.

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