Bill Text: SC S0273 | 2021-2022 | 124th General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Savannah River Port Enhancement Zone Act

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-01-12 - Referred to Committee on Finance [S0273 Detail]

Download: South_Carolina-2021-S0273-Introduced.html


A BILL

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, SO AS TO ENACT THE "SAVANNAH RIVER PORT ENHANCEMENT ZONE ACT"; TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-3360, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE JOB TAX CREDIT, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR A SAVANNAH RIVER PORT ENHANCEMENT ZONE; TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-3367, RELATING TO THE MORATORIUM ON CERTAIN TAXES FOR CERTAIN TAXPAYERS, SO AS TO EXTEND THE MORATORIUM TO TAXPAYERS CREATING AT LEAST FIFTY NEW FULL-TIME JOBS IN A SAVANNAH RIVER PORT ENHANCEMENT ZONE; TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-3375, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE TAX CREDIT FOR PORT CARGO VOLUME INCREASE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT ONE MILLION DOLLARS MAY BE AWARDED TO A NEW WAREHOUSE OR DISTRIBUTION FACILITY THAT MEETS CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS AND EMPLOYS AT LEAST FIFTY NEW FULL-TIME JOBS IN A SAVANNAH RIVER PORT ENHANCEMENT ZONE; TO AMEND SECTION 12-10-80, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO JOB DEVELOPMENT CREDITS, SO AS TO ALLOW EIGHTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE MAXIMUM CREDIT TO BE CLAIMED BY BUSINESSES LOCATED IN A SAVANNAH RIVER PORT ENHANCEMENT ZONE; TO AMEND SECTION 12-14-60, RELATING TO THE INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT, SO AS TO DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF THE CREDIT FOR ANY QUALIFIED MANUFACTURING AND PRODUCTIVE EQUIPMENT PROPERTY LOCATED IN A SAVANNAH RIVER PORT ENHANCEMENT ZONE; AND TO AMEND SECTION 12-36-2120, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS FROM THE STATE SALES TAX, SO AS TO EXTEND THE EXEMPTION FOR MATERIALS HANDLING TO A TAXPAYER THAT INVESTS AT LEAST TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS IN A SAVANNAH RIVER PORT ENHANCEMENT ZONE, AND TO EXTEND THE EXEMPTION FOR CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS TO A TAXPAYER THAT INVESTS AT LEAST FORTY MILLION DOLLARS, IN REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY, IN A SAVANNAH RIVER PORT ENHANCEMENT ZONE.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    2.    A.    Section 12-6-3360(E)(1) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

    "(E)(1)    Taxpayers which qualify for the job tax credit provided in subsection (C) and which are located in a business or industrial park jointly established and developed by a group of counties pursuant to Section 13, of Article VIII of the Constitution of this State or in a Savannah River port enhancement zone as defined in subsection (M) are allowed an additional one thousand dollar credit for each new full-time job created. This additional credit is permitted for five years beginning in the taxable year following the creation of the job."

B.    Section 12-6-3360(M) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 83 of 2019, is further amended by adding an appropriately numbered item to read:

    "(    )    'Savannah River port enhancement zone' means areas in Jasper and Hampton counties that are identified and developed for the purpose of bringing infrastructure, manufacturing, distribution, and commercial development projects that will utilize port terminals or support industries using port terminals located on the Savannah River. Upon the application of a county, the Secretary of Commerce shall make a written determination whether an area is a Savannah River port enhancement zone that satisfies the conditions of this item. A determination pursuant to this item is effective until December thirty-first of the year following the year in which the determination is made. The Department of Commerce shall publish annually a list of all established Savannah River port enhancement zones with a description of their boundaries, including:

            (i)     a map showing the census tracts that would comprise the zone;

            (ii)    a detailed description of the boundaries of the area that would comprise the zone;

            (iii)    a certification regarding the size of the proposed zone;

            (iv)    detailed census information on the county and the proposed zone;

            (v)    a resolution of the board of county council requesting the designation of the area as a Savannah River port enhancement zone; and

            (vi)    any other material required by the Secretary of Commerce."

SECTION    3.    Section 12-6-3367(A) and (B) of the 1976 Code are amended to read:

    "Section 12-6-3367.    (A)    A taxpayer creating and maintaining at least one hundred full-time new jobs, as defined in Section 12-6-3360(M), at a facility of a type identified in Section 12-6-3360(M), or fifty new full-time jobs in a Savannah River port enhancement zone as defined in Section 12-6-3360(M), may petition, utilizing the procedure in Section 12-6-2320(B), for a moratorium on state corporate income taxes imposed pursuant to Section 12-6-530 or insurance premium taxes imposed pursuant to Title 38 for the ten taxable years beginning the first full taxable year after the taxpayer qualifies and ending either ten years from that year or the year when the taxpayer's number of full-time new jobs falls below one hundred, or below fifty in a Savannah River port enhancement zone, whichever is earlier. For purposes of insurance premium taxes, the petition pursuant to Section 12-6-2320(B) must be made to and approved by the Director of the Department of Insurance.

    (B)(1)    To qualify for the moratorium pursuant to subsection (A), a taxpayer shall:

            (a)(i)    create at least one hundred full-time new jobs at a facility in a county with an average annual unemployment rate of at least twice the state average during each of the last two completed calendar years, based on the most recent unemployment rates available, or that is one of the three lowest per capita income counties, based on the average of the three most recent years of available average per capita income data, or create fifty new full-time jobs in a Savannah River port enhancement zone; and

                (ii)    invest at least ninety percent of its total investment in this State in the moratorium county; or

            (b)(i)    create at least one hundred full-time new jobs, and invest at least one hundred fifty million dollars, at a manufacturing facility in a county with an average annual unemployment rate of at least twice the state average during each of the last two completed calendar years, based on the most recent unemployment rates available, or that is one of the three lowest per capita income counties, based on the average of the three most recent years of available average per capita income data;

                (ii)    create at least one hundred full-time new jobs, and invest at least one hundred fifty million dollars, at a manufacturing facility in a second county which is designated as distressed, least developed, or underdeveloped pursuant to Section 12-6-3360; and

                (iii)    invest at least ninety percent of its total investment in this State in one or both of the counties specified in subsubitems (i) and (ii) of subsection (B)(1)(b).

        (2)    Taxpayers qualifying pursuant to subsection (B)(1)(b) are entitled to the moratorium for separate ten-year periods pursuant to subsection (A) for income attributable to facilities in each county, beginning with the first full taxable year after the taxpayer qualifies in the respective county and ending with respect to the income attributable to facilities in that county either ten years from that year or the year when the taxpayer's number of full-time new jobs in that county falls below one hundred, whichever is earlier. Loss of the moratorium in one county due to job reduction does not impact the moratorium for income attributable to facilities in the other county."

SECTION    4.    Section 12-6-3375(D) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 37 of 2019, is further amended to read:

    "(D)(1)    The council annually may award up to one million dollars of the fifteen million dollars of credits against employee withholdings that are not otherwise refundable pursuant to this title to a new warehouse or distribution facility which commits to expending at least forty million dollars at a single site and creating one hundred new full-time jobs, and the base year cargo may not be less than five thousand TEUs or its non-containerized equivalent. The council may make the award in the year the facility is announced provided that it may not tender the certificate until it has received satisfactory proof that the capital investment and job creation requirements have, or will be, satisfied. Any credit certificate expires three years after issuance if satisfactory proof has not been received. If the credit exceeds the taxpayer's withholding tax liability for the taxable quarter that is not otherwise refundable pursuant to this title, the excess amount may be carried forward and claimed against withholding liability that is not otherwise refundable pursuant to this title in the next twenty succeeding taxable quarters.

        (2)    The council annually may award up to one million dollars of the fifteen million dollars of credits against employee withholdings that are not otherwise refundable pursuant to this title to a new warehouse or distribution facility that commits to expending at least twenty million dollars at a single site and creating fifty new full-time jobs in a Savannah River port enhancement zone as defined in Section 12-6-3360(M), and the base year cargo must not be less than five thousand TEUs or its non-containerized equivalent. The council may make the award in the year the facility is announced, provided that it may not tender the certificate until it has received satisfactory proof that the capital investment and job creation requirements have been, or will be, satisfied. A credit certificate expires three years after issuance if satisfactory proof has not been received. If the credit exceeds the taxpayer's withholding tax liability for the taxable quarter that is not otherwise refundable pursuant to this title, then the excess amount may be carried forward and claimed against withholding liability that is not otherwise refundable pursuant to this title in the next twenty succeeding taxable quarters.

SECTION    5.    Section 12-10-80(D)(1) of the 1976 Code is amended by adding a new subitem to read:

    "(e)    eighty-five percent of the maximum job development credits may be claimed by businesses located in a Savannah River port enhancement zone, as defined in Section 12-6-3360(M)."

SECTION    6.    Section 12-14-60(A) of the 1976 Code, is amended by adding a new item to read:

    "(3)    Notwithstanding item (2), the amount of the credit is doubled for any qualified manufacturing and productive equipment property located in a Savannah River port enhancement zone as defined in Section 12-6-3360(M)."

SECTION    7.    Section 12-36-2120(51) and (67) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

    "(51)    material handling systems and material handling equipment used in the operation of a distribution facility or a manufacturing facility including, but not limited to, racks used in the operation of a distribution facility or a manufacturing facility and either used or not used to support a facility structure or part of it. To qualify for this exemption, the taxpayer shall notify the department before the first month it uses the exemption and shall invest:

        (a)    at least thirty-five million dollars in real or personal property in this State; or

        (b)    twenty million dollars in a Savannah River port enhancement zone as defined in Section 12-6-3360(M) over the five-year period beginning on the date provided by the taxpayer to the department in its notices. The taxpayer shall notify the department in writing that it has met the thirty-five million dollar investment requirement or, after the expiration of the five years, that it has not met the thirty-five million dollar investment requirement. The department may assess any tax due on material handling systems and material handling equipment purchased tax-free pursuant to this item but due the State as a result of the taxpayer's failure to meet the thirty-five million dollar investment requirement. The running of the periods of limitations for assessment of taxes provided in Section 12-54-85 is suspended for the time period beginning with notice to the department before the taxpayer uses the exemption and ending with notice to the department that the taxpayer either has met or has not met the thirty-five million dollar investment requirement.

    As used in this item, 'distribution facility' includes a port facility, as the term is defined in Section 12-6-3375;

    (67)    effective July 1, 2011, construction materials used in the construction of a new or expanded single manufacturing or distribution facility, or one that serves both purposes, with:

        (a)    a capital investment of at least one hundred million dollars in real and personal property at a single site in the State over an eighteen-month period, or;

        (b)    at least forty million dollars in real and personal property at a single site located in a Savannah River port enhancement zone as defined in Section 12-6-3360(M); or

        (c) effective November 1, 2009, construction materials used in the construction of a new or expanded single manufacturing facility where:

            (i)        the taxpayer invests at least seven hundred fifty million dollars in real or personal property or both comprising or located at the facility over a seven-year period; and

            (ii)    the taxpayer creates at least three thousand eight hundred new full-time new jobs at the facility during that seven-year period.

    To qualify for this exemption, the taxpayer shall notify the department before the first month it uses the exemption and shall make the required investment over the applicable time period beginning on the date provided by the taxpayer to the department in its notices. The taxpayer shall notify the department in writing that it has met the investment requirement or, after the expiration of the applicable time period, that it has not met the investment requirement. The department may assess any tax due on construction materials purchased tax free pursuant to this subitem but due the State as a result of the taxpayer's failure to meet the investment requirement. The running of the periods of limitations for assessment of taxes provided in Section 12-54-85 is suspended for the time period beginning with notice to the department before the taxpayer uses the exemption and ending with notice to the department that the taxpayer either has met or has not met the investment requirement.

    As used in this subitem, 'taxpayer' includes a person who bears a relationship to the taxpayer as described in Section 267(b) of the Internal Revenue Code.

    As used in this item, 'distribution facility' includes a port facility, as the term is defined in Section 12-6-3375;"

SECTION    8.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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