Bill Text: AZ SB1409 | 2010 | Forty-ninth Legislature 2nd Regular | Engrossed


Bill Title: Motion picture production tax credits

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 9-4)

Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2010-04-28 - House majority caucus: Do pass [SB1409 Detail]

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State of Arizona

Senate

Forty-ninth Legislature

Second Regular Session

2010

 

 

SENATE BILL 1409

 

 

 

AN ACT

 

Repealing sections 43-1075 and 43-1163, Arizona Revised Statutes; amending title 43, chapter 10, article 5, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding a new section 43-1075; amending section 43-1075.01, Arizona Revised Statutes; amending title 43, chapter 11, article 6, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding a new section 43-1163; amending section 43-1163.01, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to motion picture production income tax incentives.

 

 

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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Repeal

Sections 43-1075 and 43-1163, Arizona Revised Statutes, is repealed.

Sec. 2.  Title 43, chapter 10, article 5, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section 43-1075, to read:

START_STATUTE43-1075.  Credit for qualified production expenditures in Arizona for motion picture production costs; definitions

A.  For taxable years beginning from and after December 31, 2010, a credit is allowed against the taxes imposed by this title for qualified production expenditures in THIS state. A production company may only receive a credit that is based on the qualified production expenditures submitted by a qualified production company and certified by the department.

B.  To qualify for a credit under this section, a production company must:

1.  Have qualified production expenditures of at least two hundred fifty thousand dollars.

2.  Not include property with respect to which records are required to be maintained under 18 United States Code section 2257.

3.  Employ, either directly or through its authorized payroll service company, residents of this state for at least twenty-five per cent of its full‑time employment positions in this state.

4.  At its expense, enter into a limited managed audit agreement pursuant to title 42, chapter 2, article 7 that includes an audit of its production costs and other requirements prescribed by this section to confirm the amount of any credit under this section. The audit must be conducted by the taxpayer's authorized representative, as defined in section 42-2301, who is an independent certified public accountant licensed in this state. The certified public accountant and the firm the certified public accountant is affiliated with shall not regularly perform services for the production company or its affiliates. If the director accepts the findings of the audit and issues a notice of determination pursuant to section 42-2303 and the taxpayer timely files its income tax return with the appropriate credit claim forms, the credit amount accepted is not subject to recapture, disallowance, reduction or denial with respect to the production company. The director's notice of determination shall include a written certificate to the taxpayer stating the amount of the credit and that the credit is not subject to recapture. This paragraph does not prohibit the recapture of a credit from a production company if the company failed to disclose material information during the audit or falsified its books or records or otherwise engaged in an action that prevented an accurate audit.

C.  The amount of the credit with respect to any individual production is:

1.  Seventeen and one-half per cent of qualified production expenditures of at least two hundred fifty thousand dollars, but not more than one million dollars.

2.  Twenty per cent of qualified production expenditures exceeding one million dollars.

3.  An additional five per cent of qualified production expenditures if the production company uses a privately funded production facility having a certified infrastructure investment of at least fifty million dollars at the time of application to the department for at least fifty per cent of the production.

D.  Within thirty days after submittal of the application, the department shall certify the value of the infrastructure investment of a privately funded production facility based on documentation submitted with the application. The privately funded production facility shall enter into a limited manage audit agreement pursuant to title 42, chapter 2, article 7 that includes an audit of its infrastructure investment. The audit must be conducted by the taxpayer's authorized representative, as defined in section 42-2301, who is an independent certified public accountant licensed in this state. The certified public accountant and the firm the certified public accountant is affiliated with shall not regularly perform services for the privately funded production facility or its affiliates. If the director accepts the findings of the audit and issues a certification of infrastructure investment value that amount accepted is not subject to further review. The director shall provide a written certificate stating the amount of the infrastructure investment.  A privately funded production facility may request certification of its infrastructure investment at any time on or before December 31, 2015.

E.  The department shall not allow a credit under this section to a taxpayer who has a delinquent tax balance owing to the department under this title or title 42.

F.  The amount of the credit shall not exceed fifteen million dollars for any individual production by a qualified production company.

G.  The department shall not preapprove income tax credits for the purposes of this section and section 43-1163 that exceed a total of seventy million dollars for a single year, except that of the amount:

1.  Ten million dollars each year is reserved for the purposes of infrastructure credits pursuant to sections 43-1075.01 and 43-1163.01.

2.  Four million dollars is reserved for the purposes of commercial advertisements and music video production pursuant to subsection H of this section and section 43-1163, subsection H.

H.  The following provisions apply with respect to commercial advertisement and music video production:

1.  A commercial advertisement or music video production company may apply for qualification under this section before the company reaches the minimum expenditure threshold requirements of subsection B of this section.

2.  In lieu of a script, the applicant must submit a synopsis or storyboard that:

(a)  Identifies the product, service, person or event for a commercial advertisement or the artist and song for a music video.

(b)  Describes the general content or message to be conveyed.

(c)  Describes the location or locations.

(d)  Describes the sets.

(e)  Describes the intended distribution or medium and specific channels, if known.

3.  The department must review the completed application within fifteen business days.

4.  Expenses incurred before the date of submission of a completed application do not qualify as production costs.

5.  The department shall allocate the income tax credit incentives based on priority placement established by the date that the company files its application and based on the percentage of estimated total expenditures in this state allowed as a credit under this section or section 43‑1163.

6.  Within sixty days after applying with the department under subsection __ of this section, a company that is preapproved for a specific production must notify and provide documentation of expenditures to the department of the total amount of eligible production costs associated with the production.

7.  The company is not eligible for a credit until the company's eligible production expenditures reach two hundred fifty thousand dollars in a period of twelve consecutive months. When the company reaches that threshold, the company may apply to the department for approval of the credit pursuant to subsection __ of this section.  Applications for approval of credits may not be submitted by the same company more frequently than once a calendar month.

8.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the department shall adopt separate rules and prescribe forms and procedures as necessary for the purposes of this subsection.

I.  The department shall deny an application submitted on completion of a production if it determines that:

1.  The production would constitute an obscene motion picture film or obscene pictorial publication under title 12, chapter 7, article 1.1.

2.  The production depicts sexual activity as defined in title 13, chapter 35.

3.  The production would constitute sexual exploitation of a minor or commercial sexual exploitation of a minor under title 13, chapter 35.1.

J.  Co-owners of a motion picture production company, including partners in a partnership, members of a limited liability company and shareholders of an s corporation as defined in section 1361 of the internal revenue code, may allocate the credit allowed under this section among the co-owners on any basis without regard to their proportional ownership interest. The total of the credits allowed all such owners of the motion picture production company may not exceed the amount that would have been allowed for a sole owner of the company.

K.  If the allowable tax credit for a taxpayer exceeds the taxes otherwise due under this title on the claimant's income, or if there are no state income taxes due on the claimant's income, the amount of the claim not used as an offset against income taxes shall be paid to the taxpayer in the same manner as a refund under section 42-1118. Refunds made pursuant to this subsection are subject to setoff under section 42-1122.

L.  The department of revenue shall maintain annual data and other information on the total amount of monies credited pursuant to this section.

M.  A certified privately funded production facility shall maintain data on the number of productions using its facility each year and report that information to the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate on or before December 31 each year.

N.  A taxpayer who claims a credit for motion picture production expenditures under this section shall not claim a credit under section 43‑1075.01 for the same costs.

O.  The credit allowed by this section is in lieu of any allowance for state tax purposes of a deduction of those expenses allowed by the internal revenue code.

P.  If the department determines that a credit refunded pursuant to this section is incorrect or invalid, the excess credit issued may be treated as a tax deficiency pursuant to section 42-1108.

Q.  For the purposes of this section:

1.  "Infrastructure investment" means expenditures for soundstages and support and augmentation facilities that are constructed in this state and primarily used by a production company but does not include motion picture theaters and other commercial exhibition facilities.

2.  "Privately funded production facility" means a permanent facility in this state of one or more sets or stages used primarily:

(a)  By any PRODUCTION company or companies and any land, permanent buildings and capital equipment that is in or adjacent to, and is necessary for the operation of the facility, including permanent facilities used to complement production needs.

(b)  For staging and filming by a production company and any land, permanent buildings or capital equipment that is in or adjacent to, and is necessary for the operation of the facility, including permanent facilities used to complement motion picture production needs and complement the motion picture production.

3.  "Production company" means any person primarily engaged in the business of producing entertainment content created in whole or in part within the state, including motion pictures, documentaries, long-form productions, specials, series, miniseries, sound recordings, videos and music videos and interstitials, television programming, interactive television, interactive games, VIDEOGAMES, commercials, infomercials, any format of digital media, including an interactive website, created for distribution or exhibition to the general public, and any trailer, pilot, video teaser or demo created primarily to stimulate the sale, marketing, promotion or exploitation of future investment in either a product or a qualified production by any means and media in any digital media format, film or videotape. production company does not include any ongoing television program created primarily as news, weather or financial market reports, a production featuring current events, sporting events and awards show or other gala event, a production whose sole purpose is fundraising, a long-form production that primarily markets a product or service, a production used for corporate training or in-house corporate advertising or other similar productions for which records are required to be maintained under 18 United States code section 2257.

4.  "Qualified production expenditure" means the following expenditures directly related to a production by a production company:

(a)  The wages paid to residents of this state for work performed in this state.

(b)  Material purchased from a vendor located in this state for construction of sets, special effects and other purposes.

(c)  Equipment rented or leased from a vendor located in this state.

(d)  Equipment acquired or otherwise purchased from a vendor located in this state.

(e)  Facilities leased from a lessee located in this state for preproduction, production and postproduction in arizona.

(f)  Hotel and lodging in this state.

(g)  Catering and food expenses purchased in this state.

(h)  Location fees in this state.

(i)  Post production expenses in this state.

(j)  Fuel purchased in this state.

(k)  Vehicles rented in this state.

5.  "Soundstage" means a permanent facility in this state of one or more sets or stages used primarily for staging and filming by a production company and any land, permanent buildings or capital equipment that is in or adjacent to, and is necessary for the operation of, a soundstage.

6.  "Support and augmentation facilities" means permanent facilities in this state that are used to complement production company needs and complement the production process. END_STATUTE

Sec. 3.  Section 43-1075.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE43-1075.01.  Credit for motion picture infrastructure projects; definition

A.  A credit is allowed against the taxes imposed by this title for investments in motion picture infrastructure projects in this state as provided by section 41‑1517.01. The amount of the credit is fifteen per cent of the total base investment in the project during the taxable year as approved and reported by the department of commerce pursuant to section 41‑1517.01, subsection F pursuant to this section. The taxpayer may apply the credit against income taxes for the taxable year in which the motion picture infrastructure project is completed as provided by section 41‑1517.01, subsection F.

B.  The department shall not allow:

1.  Tax credits in a total amount exceeding ten million dollars for any taxable year under this section and section 43‑1163.01 that would violate the aggregate limits prescribed by section 41‑1517.01, subsection C.

2.  A tax credit under this section to a taxpayer who has a delinquent tax balance owing to the department under this title or title 42.

C.  An applicant, at its expense, may voluntarily enter into a limited managed audit agreement pursuant to title 42, chapter 2, article 7 that includes an audit of its base investment and other requirements prescribed by section 41‑1517.01 and by this section to confirm the amount of any credit under this section. The request to enter into the audit must be made after the applicant receives approval for the credit pursuant to section 41‑1517.01, subsection F.  The audit must be conducted by the applicant's authorized representative, as defined in section 42‑2301, who is an independent certified public accountant licensed in this state.  The certified public accountant and the firm the certified public accountant is affiliated with shall not regularly perform services for the taxpayer or its affiliates. If the director accepts the findings of the audit and issues a notice of determination pursuant to section 42‑2303 and the taxpayer timely files its income tax return with the appropriate credit claim forms, the credit amount accepted is not subject to recapture, disallowance, reduction or denial with respect to either the taxpayer or any subsequent transferee of the credit, and subsection F, paragraph 4 of this section does not apply. The director's notice of determination shall include a written certificate to the taxpayer stating the amount of the credit and that the credit is not subject to recapture from a transferee. This subsection does not prevent the recapture of a credit if the taxpayer failed to disclose material information during the audit or falsified its books or records or otherwise engaged in an action that prevented an accurate audit.

D.  Co-owners of a business, including partners in a partnership, members of a limited liability company and shareholders of an S corporation as defined in section 1361 of the internal revenue code, may allocate the credit allowed under this section among the co-owners on any basis without regard to their proportional ownership interest. The total of the credits allowed all such owners may not exceed the amount that would have been allowed for a sole owner of the company.

E.  If the allowable tax credit for a taxpayer exceeds the taxes otherwise due under this title on the claimant's income, or if there are no taxes due under this title, the taxpayer may carry the amount of the claim not used to offset the taxes under this title forward for not more than five consecutive taxable years' income tax liability.

F.  All or part of any unclaimed amount of credit under this section may be sold or otherwise transferred under the following conditions:

1.  A single sale or transfer may involve one or more transferees, and a transferee may in turn resell or transfer the credit subject to the same conditions of this subsection.

2.  Both the transferor and transferee must submit a written notice of the transfer to the department within thirty days after the sale or transfer. The transferee's notice shall include a processing fee equal to one per cent of the transferee's tax credit balance or two hundred dollars, whichever is less. The notice shall include:

(a)  The name of the taxpayer.

(b)  The date of the transfer.

(c)  The amount of the transfer.

(d)  The transferor's tax credit balance before the transfer and the remaining balance after the transfer.

(e)  All tax identification numbers for both transferor and transferee.

(f)  Any other information required by rule.

3.  A sale or transfer of the credit does not extend the time in which the credit can be used. The carryforward period of time under subsection E of this section for a credit that is sold or transferred begins on the date the credit was originally earned.

4.  Except as provided by subsection C of this section, if a transferor was not qualified or was disqualified from using the credit at the time of the transfer, the department shall either disallow the credit claimed by a transferee or recapture the credit from the transferee through any authorized collection method. The transferee's recourse is against the transferor.

5.  In the case of any failure to comply with this subsection, the department shall disallow the tax credit until the taxpayer is in full compliance.

G.  F.  The department of revenue shall maintain annual data on the total amount of monies credited pursuant to this section, and shall provide that data to the department of commerce on request.

H.  G.  The department of revenue, with the cooperation of the department of commerce, shall adopt rules and publish and prescribe forms and procedures as necessary to effectuate the purposes of this section.

I.  H.  A taxpayer who claims a credit for motion picture infrastructure projects under this section shall not claim a credit under section 43‑1075 for the same costs.

J.  I.  The credit allowed by this section is in lieu of any allowance for state tax purposes of a deduction of those expenses allowed by the internal revenue code.

K.  J.  For the purposes of this section, "motion picture infrastructure project" has the same meaning prescribed in section 41‑1517.01.:

(a)  Means soundstages and support and augmentation facilities that are constructed in this state and primarily used for motion picture production.

(b)  Does not include motion picture theaters and other commercial exhibition facilities. END_STATUTE

Sec. 4.  Title 43, chapter 11, article 6, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section 43-1163, to read:

START_STATUTE43-1163.  Credit for qualified production expenditures in Arizona for motion picture production costs; definitions

A.  For taxable years beginning from and after December 31, 2010, a credit is allowed against the taxes imposed by this title for qualified production expenditures in this state. A production company may only receive a credit that is based on the qualified production expenditures submitted by a qualified production company and certified by the department.

B.  To qualify for a credit under this section, a production company must:

1.  Have qualified production expenditures of at least two hundred fifty thousand dollars.

2.  Not include property with respect to which records are required to be maintained under 18 United States Code section 2257.

3.  employ, either directly or through its authorized payroll service company, residents of this state for at least twenty-five per cent of its full-time employment positions in this state.

4.  At its expense, enter into a limited managed audit agreement pursuant to title 42, chapter 2, article 7 that includes an audit of its production costs and other requirements prescribed by this section to confirm the amount of any credit under this section. The audit must be conducted by the taxpayer's authorized representative, as defined in section 42-2301, who is an independent certified public accountant licensed in this state. The certified public accountant and the firm the certified public accountant is affiliated with shall not regularly perform services for the production company or its affiliates. If the director accepts the findings of the audit and issues a notice of determination pursuant to section 42-2303 and the taxpayer timely files its income tax return with the appropriate credit claim forms, the credit amount accepted is not subject to recapture, disallowance, reduction or denial with respect to the production company. The director's notice of determination shall include a written certificate to the taxpayer stating the amount of the credit and that the credit is not subject to recapture. This paragraph does not prohibit the recapture of a credit from a production company if the company failed to disclose material information during the audit or falsified its books or records or otherwise engaged in an action that prevented an accurate audit.

C.  The amount of the credit with respect to any individual production is:

1.  Seventeen and one-half per cent of qualified production expenditures of at least two hundred fifty thousand dollars, but not more than one million dollars.

2.  Twenty per cent of qualified production expenditures exceeding one million dollars.

3.  An additional five per cent of qualified production expenditures if the production company uses a privately funded production facility having a certified infrastructure investment of at least fifty million dollars at the time of application to the department for at least fifty per cent of the production.

D.  Within thirty days after submittal of the application, the department shall certify the value of the INFRASTRUCTURE investment of a privately funded production facility based on documentation submitted with the application. The privately funded production facility shall enter into a limited manage audit agreement pursuant to title 42, chapter 2, article 7 that includes an audit of its infrastructure investment. The audit must be conducted by the taxpayer's authorized representative, as defined in section 42-2301, who is an independent certified public accountant licensed in this state. The certified public accountant and the firm the certified public accountant is affiliated with shall not regularly perform services for the privately funded production facility or its affiliates. If the director accepts the findings of the audit and issues a certification of infrastructure investment value that amount accepted is not subject to further review. The director shall provide a written certificate stating the amount of the INFRASTRUCTURE investment. A privately funded production facility may request certification of its infrastructure investment at any time on or before December 31, 2015.

E.  The department shall not allow a credit under this section to a taxpayer who has a delinquent tax balance owing to the department under this title or title 42.

F.  The amount of the credit shall not exceed fifteen million dollars for any individual production by a qualified production company.

G.  The department shall not preapprove income tax credits for the purposes of this section and section 43-1075 that exceed a total of seventy million dollars for a single year, except that of the amount:

1.  Ten million dollars each year is reserved for the purposes of infrastructure credits pursuant to sections 43-1075.01 and 43-1163.01.

2.  Four million dollars is reserved for the purposes of commercial advertisements and music video production pursuant to subsection H of this section and section 43-1075, subsection H.

H.  The following provisions apply with respect to commercial advertisement and music video production:

1.  A commercial advertisement or music video production company may apply for qualification under this section before the company reaches the minimum expenditure threshold requirements of subsection B of this section.

2.  In lieu of a script, the applicant must submit a synopsis or storyboard that:

(a)  Identifies the product, service, person or event for a commercial advertisement or the artist and song for a music video.

(b)  Describes the general content or message to be conveyed.

(c)  Describes the location or locations.

(d)  Describes the sets.

(e)  Describes the intended distribution or medium and specific channels, if known.

3.  The department must review the completed application within fifteen business days.

4.  Expenses incurred before the date of submission of a completed application do not qualify as production costs.

5.  The department shall allocate the income tax credit incentives based on priority placement established by the date that the company files its application and based on the percentage of estimated total expenditures in this state allowed as a credit under this section or section 43‑1075.

6.  Within sixty days after applying with the department under subsection __ of this section, a company that is preapproved for a specific production must notify and provide documentation of expenditures to the department of the total amount of eligible production costs associated with the production.

7.  The company is not eligible for a credit until the company's eligible production expenditures reach two hundred fifty thousand dollars in a period of twelve consecutive months.  When the company reaches that threshold, the company may apply to the department for approval of the credit pursuant to subsection __ of this section.  Applications for approval of credits may not be submitted by the same company more frequently than once a calendar month.

8.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the department shall adopt separate rules and prescribe forms and procedures as necessary for the purposes of this subsection.

I.  The department shall deny an application submitted on completion of a production if it determines that:

1.  The production would constitute an obscene motion picture film or obscene pictorial publication under title 12, chapter 7, article 1.1.

2.  The production depicts sexual activity as defined in title 13, chapter 35.

3.  The production would constitute sexual exploitation of a minor or commercial sexual exploitation of a minor under title 13, chapter 35.1.

J.  Co-owners of a motion picture production company, including corporate partners in a partnership, may allocate the credit allowed under this section among the co-owners on any basis without regard to their proportional ownership interest. The total of the credits allowed all such owners of the motion picture production company may not exceed the amount that would have been allowed for a sole owner of the company.

K.  If the allowable tax credit for a taxpayer exceeds the taxes otherwise due under this title on the claimant's income, or if there are no state income taxes due on the claimant's income, the amount of the claim not used as an offset against income taxes shall be paid to the taxpayer in the same manner as a refund under section 42-1118. Refunds made pursuant to this subsection are subject to setoff under section 42-1122.

L.  The department of revenue shall maintain annual data and other information on the total amount of monies credited pursuant to this section.

M.  A certified privately funded production facility shall maintain data on the number of productions using its facility each year and report that information to the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate on or before December 31 each year.

N.  A taxpayer who claims a credit for motion picture production expenditures under this section shall not claim a credit under section 43‑1163.01 for the same costs.

O.  The credit allowed by this section is in lieu of any allowance for state tax purposes of a deduction of those expenses allowed by the internal revenue code.

P.  If the department determines that a credit refunded pursuant to this section is incorrect or invalid, the excess credit issued may be treated as a tax deficiency pursuant to section 42-1108.

Q.  For the purposes of this section:

1.  "Infrastructure investment" means expenditures for soundstages and support and augmentation facilities that are constructed in this state and primarily used by a production company but does not include motion picture theaters and other commercial exhibition facilities.

2.  "Privately funded production facility" means a permanent facility in this state of one or more sets or stages used primarily:

(a)  By any PRODUCTION company or companies and any land, permanent buildings and capital equipment that is in or adjacent to, and is necessary for the operation of the facility, including permanent facilities used to complement production needs.

(b)  For staging and filming by a production company and any land, permanent buildings or capital equipment that is in or adjacent to, and is necessary for the operation of the facility, including permanent facilities used to complement motion picture production needs and complement the motion picture production.

3.  "Production company" means any person primarily engaged in the business of producing entertainment content created in whole or in part within the state, including motion pictures, documentaries, long-form productions, specials, series, miniseries, sound recordings, videos and music videos and interstitials, television programming, interactive television, interactive games, VIDEOGAMES, commercials, infomercials, any format of digital media, including an interactive website, created for distribution or exhibition to the general public, and any trailer, pilot, video teaser or demo created primarily to stimulate the sale, marketing, promotion or exploitation of future investment in either a product or a qualified production by any means and media in any digital media format, film or videotape.  production company does not include any ongoing television program created primarily as news, weather or financial market reports, a production featuring current events, sporting events and awards show or other gala event, a production whose sole purpose is fundraising, a long-form production that primarily markets a product or service, a production used for corporate training or in-house corporate advertising or other similar productions for which records are required to be maintained under 18 United States code section 2257.

4.  "Qualified production expenditure" means the following expenditures directly related to a production by a production company:

(a)  The wages paid to residents of this state for work performed in this state.

(b)  Material purchased from a vendor located in this state for construction of sets, special effects and other purposes.

(c)  Equipment rented or leased from a vendor located in this state.

(d)  Equipment acquired or otherwise purchased from a vendor located in this state.

(e)  Facilities leased from a lessee located in this state for preproduction, production and postproduction in arizona.

(f)  Hotel and lodging in this state.

(g)  Catering and food expenses purchased in this state.

(h)  Location fees in this state.

(i)  Post production expenses in this state.

(j)  Fuel purchased in this state.

(k)  Vehicles rented in this state.

5.  "Soundstage" means a permanent facility in this state of one or more sets or stages used primarily for staging and filming by a production company and any land, permanent buildings or capital equipment that is in or adjacent to, and is necessary for the operation of, a soundstage.

6.  "Support and augmentation facilities" means permanent facilities in this state that are used to complement production company needs and complement the production process. END_STATUTE

Sec. 5.  Section 43-1163.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE43-1163.01.  Credit for motion picture infrastructure projects; definition

A.  A credit is allowed against the taxes imposed by this title for investments in motion picture infrastructure projects in this state as provided by section 41‑1517.01. The amount of the credit is fifteen per cent of the total base investment in the project during the taxable year as approved and reported by the department of commerce pursuant to section 41‑1517.01, subsection F pursuant to this section.  The taxpayer may apply the credit against income taxes for the taxable year in which the motion picture infrastructure project is completed as provided by section 41‑1517.01, subsection F.

B.  The department shall not allow:

1.  Tax credits in a total amount exceeding ten million dollars for any taxable year under this section and section 43‑1075.01 that would violate the aggregate limits prescribed by section 41‑1517.01, subsection C.

2.  A tax credit under this section to a taxpayer that has a delinquent tax balance owing to the department under this title or title 42.

C.  An applicant, at its expense, may voluntarily enter into a limited managed audit agreement pursuant to title 42, chapter 2, article 7 that includes an audit of its base investment and other requirements prescribed by section 41‑1517.01 and by this section to confirm the amount of any credit under this section. The request to enter into the audit must be made after the applicant receives approval for the credit pursuant to section 41‑1517.01, subsection F.  The audit must be conducted by the applicant's authorized representative, as defined in section 42‑2301, who is an independent certified public accountant licensed in this state.  The certified public accountant and the firm the certified public accountant is affiliated with shall not regularly perform services for the taxpayer or its affiliates. If the director accepts the findings of the audit and issues a notice of determination pursuant to section 42‑2303 and the taxpayer timely files its income tax return with the appropriate credit claim forms, the credit amount accepted is not subject to recapture, disallowance, reduction or denial with respect to either the taxpayer or any subsequent transferee of the credit, and subsection F, paragraph 4 of this section does not apply. The director's notice of determination shall include a written certificate to the taxpayer stating the amount of the credit and that the credit is not subject to recapture from a transferee. This subsection does not prevent the recapture of a credit if the taxpayer failed to disclose material information during the audit or falsified its books or records or otherwise engaged in an action that prevented an accurate audit.

D.  Co‑owners of a business, including corporate partners in a partnership and members of a limited liability company, may allocate the credit allowed under this section among the co-owners on any basis without regard to their proportional ownership interest. The total of the credits allowed all such owners may not exceed the amount that would have been allowed for a sole owner of the company.

E.  If the allowable tax credit for a taxpayer exceeds the taxes otherwise due under this title on the claimant's income, or if there are no taxes due under this title, the taxpayer may carry the amount of the claim not used to offset the taxes under this title forward for not more than five consecutive taxable years' income tax liability.

F.  All or part of any unclaimed amount of credit under this section may be sold or otherwise transferred under the following conditions:

1.  A single sale or transfer may involve one or more transferees, and a transferee may in turn resell or transfer the credit subject to the same conditions of this subsection.

2.  Both the transferor and transferee must submit a written notice of the transfer to the department within thirty days after the sale or transfer. The transferee's notice shall include a processing fee equal to one per cent of the transferee's tax credit balance or two hundred dollars, whichever is less. The notice shall include:

(a)  The name of the taxpayer.

(b)  The date of the transfer.

(c)  The amount of the transfer.

(d)  The transferor's tax credit balance before the transfer and the remaining balance after the transfer.

(e)  All tax identification numbers for both transferor and transferee.

(f)  Any other information required by rule.

3.  A sale or transfer of the credit does not extend the time in which the credit can be used. The carryforward period of time under subsection E of this section for a credit that is sold or transferred begins on the date the credit was originally earned.

4.  Except as provided by subsection C of this section, if a transferor was not qualified or was disqualified from using the credit at the time of the transfer, the department shall either disallow the credit claimed by a transferee or recapture the credit from the transferee through any authorized collection method. The transferee's recourse is against the transferor.

5.  In the case of any failure to comply with this subsection, the department shall disallow the tax credit until the taxpayer is in full compliance.

G.  F.  The department of revenue shall maintain annual data on the total amount of monies credited pursuant to this section, and shall provide that data to the department of commerce on request.

H.  G.  The department of revenue, with the cooperation of the department of commerce, shall adopt rules and publish and prescribe forms and procedures as necessary to effectuate the purposes of this section.

I.  H.  A taxpayer that claims a credit for motion picture infrastructure projects under this section shall not claim a credit under section 43‑1163 for the same costs.

J.  I.  The credit allowed by this section is in lieu of any allowance for state tax purposes of a deduction of those expenses allowed by the internal revenue code.

K.  J.  For the purposes of this section, "motion picture infrastructure project" has the same meaning prescribed in section 41‑1517.01.:

(a)  Means soundstages and support and augmentation facilities that are constructed in this state and primarily used for motion picture production.

(b)  Does not include motion picture theaters and other commercial exhibition facilities. END_STATUTE

Sec. 6.  Effect on preexisting tax credits

This act does not affect the validity of income tax credits granted under prior law. Taxpayers, including transferees, who qualified for credits under sections 41-1517, 41-1517.01, 43-1075, 43-1075.01, 43-1163 and 43‑1163.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, in effect before the effective date of this act, may use any applicable amounts of those credits, including allowed carryovers, against income tax liabilities for subsequent taxable years as provided by law in effect before the effective date of this act.

Sec. 7.  Purpose

Pursuant to section 43-223, Arizona Revised Statutes, the legislature enacts sections 43-1075 and 43-1163, Arizona Revised Statutes, as added by this act, to encourage development in this state of a strong capital and infrastructure base for motion picture production and related activity to achieve an independent, self-supporting industry. This objective is divided into immediate and long-term objectives as follows:

1.  Attract private investment for the production of motion pictures in this state.

2.  Develop a tax and capital infrastructure that encourages private development but not requiring any company to use the infrastructure for purposes of the tax incentives.

3.  Develop a system using income tax credits to encourage investments in a qualified production facilities.

4.  Create high quality employment opportunities within this sector, and increase this state's global competitiveness by fully using economic development tools within the motion picture and digital media industry.

5.  Encourage spin-off development such as educational programs to provide a labor force trained in all aspects of film and digital production.

Sec. 8.  Review of income tax credits

Notwithstanding section 43-222, Arizona Revised Statutes, in 2010 the joint legislative income tax credit review committee shall not review the income tax credits in sections 43-1075, 43-1075.01, 43-1163 and 43-1163.01, Arizona Revised Statutes.

Sec. 9.  Effective date

Sections 1, 2 and 3 of this act are effective and apply to taxable years beginning from and after December 31, 2010.

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