H. B. 4044
(By Delegates Ashley and Manchin)
[Introduced January 12, 2012; referred to the
Committee on Finance.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated §11-13CC-1, §11-13CC-2, §11-13CC-3, §11-13CC-4, §11-13CC-5, §11-13CC-6, §11-13CC-7, §11-13CC-8, §11-13CC-9, §11-13CC-10, §11-13CC-11, §11-13CC-12 and §11-13CC-13, all relating to authorizing a tax credit against business franchise tax, corporate net income tax or personal income tax for eligible expenditures incurred in placing in service a residential or nonresidential energy-efficient building; defining terms; establishing the amount of tax credit permitted; authorizing rulemaking; and requiring reports to be made.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new article, designated §11-13CC-1, §11-13CC-2, §11-13CC-3, §11-13CC-4, §11-13CC-5, §11-13CC-6, §11-13CC-7, §11-13CC-8, §11-13CC-9, §11-13CC-10, §11-13CC-11, §11-13CC-12 and §11-13CC-13, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 13CC. ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDING PROPERTY TAX CREDIT.
§11-13CC-1. Short title.
This article may be cited as the “Energy Efficient Building Act.”
§11-13CC-2. Legislative finding and purpose.
The Legislature finds that encouraging the construction and rehabilitation of energy efficient buildings is in the public interest and promotes the general welfare of the people of this state. It contributes to economic growth and, in time, will improve environmental quality in the state by decreasing discharge of pollutants from buildings, improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. To accomplish these ends, there is enacted the energy efficient building tax credit.
(a) General. -- When used in this article, or in the administration of this article, terms defined in subsection (b) have the meanings ascribed to them by this section.
(b) Terms defined. -–
(1) "EPA" means the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
(2) "Designed to Earn the Energy Star®" means a designation given by the EPA as part of the Energy Star® program to identify plans for the construction of residential or nonresidential buildings that incorporate energy-efficient details and specifications typically found in Energy Star® qualified buildings.
(3) "Eligible buildings" means energy efficient residential or nonresidential building property to which the EPA has awarded an Energy Star® label.
(4) “Eligible expenditures” means expenses incurred on or after July 1, 2012, for the planning, construction or rehabilitation of energy efficient residential or nonresidential building property. Eligible expenditures do not include:
(A) Legal fees related to construction or remodeling;
(B) Site purchase or preparation costs;
(C) Interest related to construction or remodeling;
(D) Architectural, engineering and other professional fees related to construction or remodeling;
(E) Closing costs related to construction or remodeling; and
(F) Costs related to issuance, or procurement of loans, bond issuances or costs of capital or related administrative expenses.
(5) "Eligible building plans" means plans for the construction of residential or nonresidential buildings that incorporate energy-efficient details and specifications typically found in Energy Star® qualified buildings that have earned the Designed to Earn the Energy Star® label under the Energy Star® program.
(6) “Eligible taxpayer” means the owner of a residential or commercial building property to which the EPA has awarded an Energy Star® label, or the owner of building plans which have earned the Designed to Earn the Energy Star® label by the Energy Star® program.
(7) “Energy efficient residential or nonresidential building” means a residential or nonresidential building constructed using building materials:
(A) Which are installed on or in the building which is:
(i) Located in West Virginia; and
(ii) Within the scope of the Energy Star® performance ratings system used in the Energy Star® program established by 42 U.S.C. §6294a.
(B) Which are installed as part of:
(i) The interior lighting systems;
(ii) The heating, cooling, ventilation, and hot water systems; or
(iii) The building envelope.
(C) To which the Administrator of the EPA has awarded an Energy Star® label for energy efficient buildings and manufacturing plants in accordance with the requirements and procedures established by the EPA under the Energy Star® program.
(8) "Energy Star® label" means, in the context of buildings, a designation given by the EPA as part of the Energy Star® program to identify residential and nonresidential buildings that meet EPA strict energy efficiency guidelines.
(9) “Energy Star® program” means a joint voluntary program established within the United States Department of Energy and the EPA to identify and promote energy-efficient products and buildings in order to reduce energy consumption, improve energy security, and reduce pollution through voluntary labeling of, or other forms of communication about, products and buildings that meet the highest energy conservation standards.
(10) “Energy Star® performance ratings system” means the ratings system used by the EPA in the Energy Star® program for buildings and manufacturing plants to award the Energy Star® label.
(11) “Placed in service” means the eligible building is placed in a condition or state of readiness and availability for use as a residential or nonresidential building.
(12) "Tax Commissioner" means the appointed official, or his or her designee, charged with administering the State Tax Division of the Department of Revenue.
§11-13CC-4. Amount of credit allowed.
(a) Credit allowed. -–
(1) Eligible taxpayers are allowed a credit against the taxes imposed by articles twenty-three, twenty-four and twenty-one of this chapter, in that order, for owning a residential or commercial building to which the EPA has awarded an Energy Star® label, or owning building plans which have earned the Designed to Earn the Energy Star® label: Provided, That if a tax credit is allowed and the structure is sold, the remaining tax credit is available to the subsequent purchaser.
(2) Taxpayers who have taken the credit based on ownership of eligible building plans shall complete construction of the eligible building and obtain Energy Star® certification for the completed building within four years from the time the credit was initially taken. If the building fails to obtain Energy Star® certification by the end of year four, the credit allowed under this article is disallowed and the taxpayer shall file amended returns for the first, second and third taxable years.
(b) Application for credit required. -–
(1) Application required. -- Notwithstanding any provision of this article to the contrary, no credit is allowed or may be applied under this article for any Energy Star® eligible building placed in service or use or for any Designed to Earn the Energy Star® building plans until the eligible taxpayer claiming the credit makes written application to the Tax Commissioner for allowance of credit as provided in this subsection. This application shall be in the form prescribed by the Tax Commissioner, and shall be filed with the Tax Commissioner no later than the last day for filing the annual return, determined by including any authorized extension of time for filing the return, required under article twenty-one or twenty-four of this chapter for the taxable year in which the property to which the credit relates is placed in service or use.
(2) Failure to file. -– The failure to timely file the application for credit under this section results in forfeiture of fifty percent of the annual credit otherwise allowable under this article. This penalty applies annually until the application is filed.
(c) Amount of credit allowed.--
The amount of credit allowed by subsection (a) of this section is the greater of:
(1) One and one-half percent of eligible expenditures; or
(2) One dollar per square foot of the eligible building as constructed or as designed and portrayed on the building plan.
(d) Annual aggregate limit on total credits allowed under article.–- The total amount of energy efficient building property tax credits for all taxpayers pursuant to this section may not exceed $1,000,000 each calendar year. The credits are allowed on a first come, first served basis.
§11-13CC-5. Application of credit.
(a) Application of credit over ten years. -- The amount of credit allowable must be taken over a ten-year period, at the rate of one tenth of the amount thereof per taxable year, beginning with the taxable year in which the taxpayer places the eligible building in service or use in this state: Provided, That the taxpayer may elect to delay the beginning of the ten-year period until the next succeeding taxable year after the taxable year in which the taxpayer places the eligible building in service or use in this state or the building plan is approved to receive the Designed to Earn the Energy Star® label. This election shall be made in the annual income tax return filed under this chapter for the taxable year in which the eligible building is first placed into service or use by the taxpayer. Once made, the election cannot be revoked. In the event of a failure to make a timely election to delay the beginning of the credit application period, the credit shall be applied beginning in the taxable year in which the taxpayer places the eligible building in service or use in this state. No retroactive election to delay the beginning of the credit application period is allowed.
(b) Business franchise tax. -– The credit is first applied to reduce the taxes imposed by article twenty-three of this chapter for the taxable year, determined after application of the credits against tax provided in section seventeen of that article, but before application of any other allowable credits against tax.
(c) Corporation net income taxes. -– After application of subsection (b) of this section, any unused credit is next applied to reduce the taxes imposed by article twenty-four of this chapter for the taxable year, determined before application of allowable credits against tax.
(d) Personal income tax. -–
(1) If the eligible taxpayer is an electing small business corporation (as defined in section 1361 of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended), a partnership, a limited liability company that is treated as a partnership for federal income tax purposes or a sole proprietorship, then any unused credit, after application of subsections (b) and (c) of this section, as applicable, is allowed as a credit against the taxes imposed by article twenty-one of this chapter.
(2) Electing small business corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and other unincorporated organizations shall allocate the credit allowed by this article among its members in the same manner as profits and losses are allocated for the taxable year.
§11-13CC-6. Limitation on use of credit.
(a) Withholding. –- No credit is allowed under this section against any employer withholding taxes imposed by article twenty-one of this chapter.
(b) No other tax credit authorized. -- The credit allowed or authorized under the provisions of this article shall not be allowed, authorized or applied against tax if any tax credit is authorized, applied for or used or applied against tax by the taxpayer, or by any other person, under article thirteen-d, article thirteen-e, article thirteen-q, article thirteen-r or article thirteen-s of this chapter, or any combination thereof, for, or with relation to, investment in any building, or facility for which credit is, or may be allowed, authorized or applied against tax under this article.
§11-13CC-7. Excess credit; carryforward; carryback prohibited.
(a) If the tax credit allowed under this article in any taxable year exceeds the sum of the taxes enumerated in section four of this article for that taxable year, the excess may be applied against those taxes, in the order and manner stated in section four of this article, for succeeding taxable years until the earlier of the following:
(1) Five taxable years have elapsed; or
(2) The full amount of the excess tax credit is used.
(b) No carryback to a prior taxable year is allowed for the amount of any unused portion of any annual credit allowance.
§11-13CC-8. Credit recapture.
(a) If it appears upon audit or otherwise that any taxpayer has taken the credit against tax allowed under this article and was not entitled to take the credit, then the credit improperly taken under this article shall be recaptured.
(b) Amended returns shall be filed for any tax year for which the credit was improperly taken. Any additional taxes due under this chapter shall be remitted with the amended return or returns filed with the Tax Commissioner, along with interest, as provided in section seventeen, article ten of this chapter and such other penalties and additions to tax as may be applicable pursuant to the provisions of article ten of this chapter.
§11-13CC-9. Interest; penalties; additions to tax.
Notwithstanding the provisions of article ten of this chapter, penalties and additions to tax imposed under article ten of this chapter may be waived at the discretion of the Tax Commissioner: Provided, That interest is not subject to waiver, except in accordance with the provisions of article ten of this chapter.
§11-13CC-10. Statute of limitations.
Notwithstanding the provisions of article ten of this chapter, the statute of limitations for the issuance of an assessment of tax by the Tax Commissioner is five years from the date of filing of any tax return on which this credit was taken or five years from the date of payment of any tax liability, calculated pursuant to the assertion of the credit allowed under this article, whichever is later.
§11-13CC-11. Report on credit.
(a) The Tax Commissioner shall provide to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance by July 1, 2014, and by July 1 of each year after that, a report detailing the amount of credit claimed pursuant to this article. The report shall include the amount of credit claimed against the business franchise tax, the amount of credit claimed against the corporate net income tax and the amount of credit claimed against the personal income tax.
(b) Taxpayers claiming the credit shall provide the information the Tax Commissioner requires to prepare the report: Provided, That the information is subject to the confidentiality and disclosure provisions of sections five-d and five-s, article ten of this chapter.
§11-13CC-12. Legislative rules.
The Tax Commissioner shall propose for legislative approval rules pursuant to the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, necessary to carry out the purposes of this article.
§11-13CC-13. Effective date.
This article shall be effective for business franchise tax years, corporate net income tax years and personal income tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2012.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to authorize the creation of a new tax credit for eligible expenditures incurred in placing in service residential or nonresidential energy efficient building property. The bill’s incentive will encourage the construction of energy efficient buildings, thereby reducing the total amount of energy consumed in the state. The bill requires the Tax Commissioner to provide to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance annual reports beginning in 2014.
This article is new; therefore, it has been completely underscored.