1998 Regular Session
To: Ways and Means
By: Representatives Williams, Dedeaux, Simpson, Fredericks, Peranich
House Bill 786
(As Passed the House)
AN ACT TO REENACT SECTIONS 27-7-22.7 AND 27-7-22.9, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, WHICH PROVIDE AN INCOME TAX CREDIT FOR INCOME TAXPAYERS THAT UTILIZE PORT FACILITIES AT STATE, COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL PORTS FOR THE EXPORT OF CARGO AND REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TO REPORT ANNUALLY TO THE LEGISLATURE REGARDING THE IMPACT OF SUCH TAX CREDIT; TO AMEND REENACTED SECTION 27-7-22.7, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO DELETE THE LIMIT ON THE MAXIMUM CUMULATIVE AMOUNT OF THE INCOME TAX CREDIT FOR INCOME TAXPAYERS THAT UTILIZE PORT FACILITIES AT STATE, COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL PORTS FOR THE EXPORT OF CARGO; TO AMEND SECTION 4, CHAPTER 492, LAWS OF 1994, TO DELETE THE REPEALER ON SECTIONS 27-7-22.7 AND 27-7-22.9, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 27-7-22.7, Mississippi Code of 1972, is reenacted and amended as follows:
27-7-22.7. (1) As used in this section, the term "port" means a state, county or municipal port or harbor established pursuant to Sections 59-5-1 through 59-5-69, Sections 59-7-1 through 59-7-519, 59-9-1 through 59-9-85 or Sections 59-11-1 through 59-11-11.
(2) For any income taxpayer utilizing the port facilities at any port for the export of cargo that is loaded on a carrier calling at any such port, a credit against the taxes imposed pursuant to this chapter shall be allowed in the amounts provided in this section.
(3) Except as otherwise provided by subsection (5) of this section, the amount of the credit allowed pursuant to this section shall be the total of the following charges on export cargo paid by the corporation:
(a) Receiving into the port;
(b) Handling to a vessel; and
(4) The credit provided for in this section shall not exceed fifty percent (50%) of the amount of tax imposed upon the taxpayer for the taxable year reduced by the sum of all other credits allowable to such taxpayer under this chapter, except credit for tax payments made by or on behalf of the taxpayer. Any unused portion of the credit may be carried forward for the succeeding five (5) years. The maximum cumulative credit that may be claimed by a taxpayer pursuant to this chapter and for the period of time beginning on January 1, 1994, and ending on December 31, 1997, is limited to One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00), and there shall be no limit on the maximum cumulative credit for any taxable year thereafter.
(5) To obtain the credit provided for in this section, a taxpayer must provide to the State Tax Commission a statement from the governing authority of the port certifying the amount of charges paid by the taxpayer for which a credit is claimed and any other information required by the State Tax Commission.
SECTION 2. Section 27-7-22.9, Mississippi Code of 1972, is reenacted as follows:
27-7-22.9. The Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development shall report annually to the Legislature regarding the impact of the credit granted in Section 27-7-22.7 on shipping and economic growth. Each report shall show the overall annual increase on shipping at each port for the most recent year for which data is available and for each of the previous five (5) years. Each report shall estimate the number of jobs created or retained at each port and in businesses related to port activity at each port since January 1, 1994, as compared to the number of similar jobs created during the ten (10) years preceding January 1, 1994. Each report shall state the net economic impact on the state as a result of the tax credit provided for in Section 27-7-22.7. The Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development shall file a copy of the report with the Governor, the Secretary of the Senate, the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Chairmen of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee of the Legislature on May 1, of each year. The State Tax Commission and all state, county and municipal ports shall cooperate with the Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development in providing the information required in the annual reports.
SECTION 3. Section 4, Chapter 492, Laws of 1994, is amended as follows:
Section 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after January 1, 1994 * * *.
SECTION 4. Nothing in this act shall affect or defeat any claim, assessment, appeal, suit, right or cause of action for taxes due or accrued under the income tax laws before the date on which this act becomes effective, whether such claims, assessments, appeals, suits or actions have been begun before the date on which this act becomes effective or are begun thereafter; and the provisions of the income tax laws are expressly continued in full force, effect and operation for the purpose of the assessment, collection and enrollment of liens for any taxes due or accrued and the execution of any warrant under such laws before the date on which this act becomes effective, and for the imposition of any penalties, forfeitures or claims for failure to comply with such laws.
SECTION 5. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1998.