SB 180-1_ Filed 01/15/2004, 11:07
Adopted 1/15/2004

COMMITTEE REPORT

MADAM PRESIDENT:

    The Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and Interstate Cooperation, to which was referred Senate Bill No. 180, has had the same under consideration and begs leave to report the same back to the Senate with the recommendation that said bill be AMENDED as follows:

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SOURCE: IC 6-3.1-19-5; (04)CR018001.2. -->     "SECTION 2. IC 6-3.1-19-5 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004]: Sec. 5. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), A taxpayer is not entitled to claim the credit provided by this chapter to the extent that the taxpayer substantially reduces or ceases its operations in Indiana in order to relocate them within the district.
    (b) Notwithstanding subsection (a), a taxpayer's substantial reduction or cessation of operations in Indiana in order to relocate operations to a district does not make a taxpayer ineligible for a credit under this chapter if: (1)
Determinations under this section shall be made by the department. The department shall adopt a proposed order concerning a taxpayer's eligibility for the credit based on subsection (b) and the following criteria:
        (1) A site-specific economic activity, including sales, leasing, service, manufacturing, production, storage of inventory, or any activity involving permanent full-time or part-time employees, shall be considered a business operation.
        (2) With respect to an operation located outside the district

(referred to in this section as a "nondistrict operation"), any of the following that occurs during the twelve (12) months before the completion of the physical relocation of all or part of the activity described in subdivision (1) from the nondistrict operation to the district as compared with the twelve (12) months before that twelve (12) months shall be considered a substantial reduction:
            (A) A reduction in the average number of full-time or part-time employees of the lesser of one hundred (100) employees or twenty-five percent (25%) of all employees.
            (B) A twenty-five percent (25%) reduction in the average number of goods manufactured or produced.
            (C) A twenty-five percent (25%) reduction in the average value of services provided.
            (D) A ten percent (10%) reduction in the average value of stored inventory.
            (E) A twenty-five percent (25%) reduction in the average amount of gross income.
    (b) Notwithstanding subsection (a), a taxpayer that would otherwise be disqualified under subsection (a) is eligible for the credit provided by this chapter if the taxpayer meets at least one (1) of the following conditions:
        (1) The taxpayer relocates all or part of its nondistrict operation for any of the following reasons:
            (A) The lease on property necessary for the nondistrict operation has been involuntarily lost through no fault of the taxpayer.
            (B) The space available at the location of the nondistrict operation cannot accommodate planned expansion needed by the taxpayer.
            (C) The building for the nondistrict operation has been certified as uninhabitable by a state or local building authority.
            (D) The building for the nondistrict operation has been totally destroyed through no fault of the taxpayer.


            (E) The renovation and construction costs at the location of the nondistrict operation are more than one and one-half (1 1/2) times the costs of purchase, renovation, and construction of a facility in the district, as certified by three (3) independent estimates.
            (F)
The taxpayer had existing operations in the district and (2) the nondistrict operations relocated to the district are an expansion of the taxpayer's operations in the district.
        A taxpayer is eligible for benefits and incentives under clause (C) or (D) only if renovation and construction costs at the location of the nondistrict operation are more than one and one-half (1 1/2) times the cost of purchase, renovation, and construction of a facility in the district. These costs must be certified by three (3) independent estimates.
        (2) The taxpayer has not terminated or reduced the pension or health insurance obligations payable to employees or former employees of the nondistrict operation without the consent of the employees.
    (c) The department shall cause to be delivered to the taxpayer and to any person who testified before the department in favor of disqualification of the taxpayer a copy of the department's proposed order. The taxpayer and these persons shall be considered parties for purposes of this section.
    (d) A party who wishes to appeal the proposed order of the department shall, within ten (10) days after the party's receipt of the proposed order, file written objections with the department. The department shall immediately forward copies of the objections to the director of the budget agency and the director of the department of commerce. A hearing panel composed of the commissioner of the department or the commissioner's designee, the director of the budget agency or the director's designee, and the director of the department of commerce or the director's designee shall set the objections for oral argument and give notice to the parties. A party at its own expense may cause to be filed with the hearing panel a transcript of the oral testimony or any

other part of the record of the proceedings. The oral argument shall be on the record filed with the hearing panel. The hearing panel may hear additional evidence or remand the action to the department with instructions appropriate to the expeditious and proper disposition of the action. The hearing panel may adopt the proposed order of the department, may amend or modify the proposed order, or may make such order or determination as is proper on the record. The affirmative votes of at least two (2) members of the hearing panel are required for the hearing panel to take action on any measure. The taxpayer may appeal the decision of the hearing panel to the tax court in the same manner that a final determination of the department may be appealed under IC 33-3-5.
    (e) If no objections are filed, the department may adopt the proposed order without oral argument.

    (c) (f) A determination that a taxpayer is not entitled to the credit provided by this chapter as a result of a substantial reduction or cessation of operations applies to credits that would otherwise arise in the taxable year in which the substantial reduction or cessation occurs and in all subsequent years. Determinations under this section shall be made by the department of state revenue.".

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    Renumber all SECTIONS consecutively.
    (Reference is to SB 180 as introduced.)

and when so amended that said bill do pass.

Committee Vote: Yeas 10, Nays 0.


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    Riegsecker
Chairperson


CR018001/DI 87    2004