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SB-49 Income taxes: credits: California Fair Fees Tax Credit.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 17053.70 is added to the Revenue and Taxation Code, to read:

17053.70.
 (a) For each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2021, and before January 1, 2026, there shall be allowed a credit against the “net tax,” as defined in Section 17039, to a qualified taxpayer, as follows:
(1) The amount of credit allowed to a qualified taxpayer shall be the applicable of the following amounts:
(A) If the qualified taxpayer has temporarily ceased business operations for at least 30 consecutive days, but less than 90 consecutive days, during the taxable year, one thousand dollars ($1,000).
(B) If the qualified taxpayer has temporarily ceased business operations for at least 90 consecutive days, but less than 180 consecutive days, during the taxable year, the sum of the credit amount specified in subparagraph (A) and two thousand dollars ($2,000).
(C) If the qualified taxpayer has temporarily ceased business operations for 180 consecutive days or more during the taxable year, the sum of the credit amounts specified in subparagraph (B) and three thousand dollars ($3,000).
(2) For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2021, and before January 1, 2022, only, if a qualified taxpayer temporarily ceased business operations during the 2020 calendar year, the qualified taxpayer shall be allowed the applicable of the following amounts, which shall be in addition to any amount allowed under paragraph (1):
(A) If the qualified taxpayer temporarily ceased business operations for at least 30 consecutive days, but less than 90 consecutive days, during the 2020 calendar year, one thousand dollars ($1,000).
(B) If the qualified taxpayer temporarily ceased business operations for at least 90 consecutive days, but less than 180 consecutive days, during the 2020 calendar year, the sum of the credit amount specified in subparagraph (A) and two thousand dollars ($2,000).
(C) If the qualified taxpayer has temporarily ceased business operations for 180 consecutive days or more during the 2020 calendar year, the sum of the credit amounts specified in subparagraph (B) and three thousand dollars ($3,000).
(b) For purposes of this section:
(1) “Emergency order” means any order issued by the Governor pursuant to the California Emergency Services Act (Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 8550) of Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code), any state agency, or any local government that requires the closure of businesses in response to a state of emergency.
(2) “Qualified taxpayer” means a taxpayer for which all of the following apply:
(A) The taxpayer is a business that requires substantial in-person contact to conduct its business operations.
(B) The taxpayer temporarily ceased business operations for at least 30 consecutive days during the taxable year or in the 2020 calendar year in response to an emergency order.
(C) The taxpayer had average annual gross receipts of ten million dollars ($10,000,000) or less over the three preceding taxable years.
(3) “State of emergency” means a state of emergency proclaimed by the Governor pursuant to Article 13 (commencing with Section 8625) of Chapter 7 of Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
(c) A qualified taxpayer claiming a credit allowed by this section shall declare, under penalty of perjury, that the qualified taxpayer has complied with all applicable emergency orders, in the form and manner prescribed by the Franchise Tax Board.
(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 taxable year, and the succeeding six years if necessary, until the credit is exhausted.
(e) The credit allowed by this section and Section 23670 shall be known, and may be cited, as the California Fair Fees Tax Credit.
(f) This section shall remain in effect only until December 1, 2026, and as of that date is repealed. However, any unused credit may continue to be carried forward, as provided in subdivision (d), until the credit is exhausted.

SEC. 2.

 Section 23670 is added to the Revenue and Taxation Code, to read:

23670.
 (a) For each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2021, and before January 1, 2026, there shall be allowed a credit against the “tax,” as defined in Section 23036, to a qualified taxpayer, as follows:
(1) The amount of credit allowed to a qualified taxpayer shall be the applicable of the following amounts:
(A) If the qualified taxpayer has temporarily ceased business operations for at least 30 consecutive days, but less than 90 consecutive days, during the taxable year, one thousand dollars ($1,000).
(B) If the qualified taxpayer has temporarily ceased business operations for at least 90 consecutive days, but less than 180 consecutive days, during the taxable year, the sum of the credit amount specified in subparagraph (A) and two thousand dollars ($2,000).
(C) If the qualified taxpayer has temporarily ceased business operations for 180 consecutive days or more during the taxable year, the sum of the credit amounts specified in subparagraph (B) and three thousand dollars ($3,000).
(2) For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2021, and before January 1, 2022, only, if a qualified taxpayer temporarily ceased business operations during the 2020 calendar year, the qualified taxpayer shall be allowed the applicable of the following amounts, which shall be in addition to any amount allowed under paragraph (1):
(A) If the qualified taxpayer temporarily ceased business operations for at least 30 consecutive days, but less than 90 consecutive days, during the 2020 calendar year, one thousand dollars ($1,000).
(B) If the qualified taxpayer temporarily ceased business operations for at least 90 consecutive days, but less than 180 consecutive days, during the 2020 calendar year, the sum of the credit amount specified in subparagraph (A) and two thousand dollars ($2,000).
(C) If the qualified taxpayer has temporarily ceased business operations for 180 consecutive days or more during the 2020 calendar year, the sum of the credit amounts specified in subparagraph (B) and three thousand dollars ($3,000).
(b) For purposes of this section:
(1) “Emergency order” means any order issued by the Governor pursuant to the California Emergency Services Act (Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 8550) of Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code), any state agency, or any local government that requires the closure of businesses in response to a state of emergency.
(2) “Qualified taxpayer” means a taxpayer for which all of the following apply:
(A) The taxpayer is a business that requires substantial in-person contact to conduct its business operations.
(B) The taxpayer temporarily ceased business operations for at least 30 consecutive days during the taxable year or the 2020 calendar year in response to an emergency order.
(C) The taxpayer had average annual gross receipts of ten million dollars ($10,000,000) or less over the three preceding taxable years.
(3) “State of emergency” means a state of emergency proclaimed by the Governor pursuant to Article 13 (commencing with Section 8625) of Chapter 7 of Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
(c) A qualified taxpayer claiming a credit allowed by this section shall declare, under penalty of perjury, that the qualified taxpayer has complied with all applicable emergency orders, in the form and manner prescribed by the Franchise Tax Board.
(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 taxable year, and the succeeding six years if necessary, until the credit is exhausted.
(e) The credit allowed by this section and Section 17053.70 shall be known, and may be cited, as the California Fair Fees Tax Credit.
(f) This section shall remain in effect only until December 1, 2026, and as of that date is repealed. However, any unused credit may continue to be carried forward, as provided in subdivision (d), until the credit is exhausted.
SEC. 3.
 For purposes of complying with Section 41 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, the Legislature finds and declares the following with respect to Sections 17053.70 and 23670 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, as added by this act, hereafter referred to as “the tax credit:”
(a) The specific goals, purposes, and objectives that the tax credit will achieve are as follows:
(1) Ensuring that businesses are compensated for fees paid to local and state government when those local and state governments disallowed their operations due to a proclaimed state of emergency, including, but not limited to, a pandemic, fire, flood, or earthquake.
(2) To the extent possible, providing equity for businesses during a state of emergency.
(3) To the extent possible, curbing the closure of small businesses and the laying off of employees during a state of emergency.
(b) Detailed performance indicators for the Legislature to use in determining whether the tax credit allowed by this act meet those goals, purposes, and objectives are as follows:
(1) The number of tax credits claimed by businesses, which is evidence of businesses being charged by governmental entities when governments are also disallowing them to open.
(2) To the extent feasible, the number of small business prevented from closing or laying off employees as a result of the tax credit.
(c) The Legislative Analyst’s Office shall, on an annual basis beginning January 1, 2022, and each January 1 thereafter until January 1, 2027, collaborate with the Franchise Tax Board to review the effectiveness of the tax credit. The review shall include, but not be limited to, the metrics described above.
(d) The data collection requirements for determining whether the tax credit are meeting, failing to meet, or exceeding those specific goals, purposes, and objectives are as follows:
(1) To assist the Legislature in determining whether the tax credit allowed by this act meet the goals, purposes, and objectives specified in subdivision (a), and in carrying out their duties under subdivision (c), the Legislative Analyst’s Office may request information from the Franchise Tax Board.
(2) (A) The Franchise Tax Board shall provide any data requested by the Legislative Analyst’s Office pursuant to this subdivision.
(B) The disclosure provisions of this paragraph shall be treated as an exception to Section 19542 of the Revenue and Taxation Code under Article 2 (commencing with 19542) of Chapter 7 of Part 10.2 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
SEC. 4.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.
SEC. 5.
 This act provides for a tax levy within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect.