2006 Regular Session
To: Ways and Means
By: Representative Watson, Clarke
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE AN INCOME TAX CREDIT FOR TAXPAYERS WHO INCUR COSTS AND EXPENSES FOR THE REHABILITATION OF ELIGIBLE PROPERTY WHICH IS A CERTIFIED HISTORIC STRUCTURE OR A STRUCTURE IN A CERTIFIED HISTORIC DISTRICT IN AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO 25% OF THE TOTAL COSTS AND EXPENSES OF REHABILITATION INCURRED, IF THE COSTS AND EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH REHABILITATION EXCEED $5,000.00 IN THE CASE OF AN OWNER-OCCUPIED DWELLING AND 50% OF THE TOTAL BASIS IN THE PROPERTY IN THE CASE OF ALL OTHER PROPERTY, IF THE REHABILITATION IS CONSISTENT WITH THE STANDARDS OF THE SECRETARY OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AS DETERMINED BY THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY; TO PROVIDE THAT IF THE AMOUNT OF THE TAX CREDIT EXCEEDS THE TOTAL STATE INCOME TAX LIABILITY FOR THE YEAR IN WHICH THE REHABILITATED PROPERTY IS PLACED IN SERVICE, THE AMOUNT THAT EXCEEDS THE TOTAL STATE INCOME TAX LIABILITY MAY BE CARRIED FORWARD FOR THE 10 SUCCEEDING TAX YEARS; TO PROVIDE THE MANNER IN WHICH SUCH CREDIT MAY BE CLAIMED; TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY TO DETERMINE THE AMOUNT OF THE ELIGIBLE TAX CREDIT; TO AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY TO IMPOSE A FEE ON PERSONS WHO APPLY FOR THE CREDIT TO PAY THE COSTS THE DEPARTMENT INCURS IN ADMINISTERING THIS ACT; TO PROVIDE FOR A DECEMBER 31, 2011, REPEAL DATE ON THE INCOME TAX CREDIT AUTHORIZED UNDER THIS ACT; TO AMEND SECTION 27-104-27, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, IN CONFORMITY THERETO; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. (1) As used in this section:
(a) "Certified historic structure" means a property located in Mississippi and listed individually on the National Register of Historic Places or property that has been designated a Mississippi Landmark by the Department of Archives and History pursuant to Section 39-7-3 et seq.
(b) "Eligible property" means property located in Mississippi and offered or used for residential or business purposes.
(c) "Structure in a certified historic district" means a structure (and its structural components) located in Mississippi which is:
(i) Is listed in the National Register of Historic Places; or
(ii) Is located in a registered historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is certified by the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior as being of historic significance to the district; or
(iii) Certified by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History as contributing to the historic significance of a certified historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places or a local district that has been certified by the United States Department of the Interior.
(d) "Department" means the Department of Archives and History.
(2) Any taxpayer incurring costs and expenses for the rehabilitation of eligible property, which is a certified historic structure or a structure in a certified historic district, shall be entitled to a credit against the taxes imposed pursuant to this chapter in an amount equal to twenty-five percent (25%) of the total costs and expenses of rehabilitation incurred after January 1, 2006, which shall include, but not be limited to, qualified rehabilitation expenditures as defined under Section 47(c)(2)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the related regulations thereunder:
(a) If the costs and expenses associated with rehabilitation exceed:
(i) Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) in the case of an owner-occupied dwelling; or
(ii) Fifty percent (50%) of the total basis in the property in the case of all other properties; and
(b) The rehabilitation is consistent with the standards of the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior as determined by the department.
(3) (a) If the amount of the tax credit established by this section exceeds the total state income tax liability for the year in which the rehabilitated property is placed in service, the amount that exceeds the total state income tax liability may be carried forward for the ten (10) succeeding tax years.
(b) Not-for-profit entities, including, but not limited to, nonprofit corporations organized under Section 79-11-101 et seq. shall be ineligible for the credit authorized by this section. Credits granted to a partnership, a limited liability company taxed as a partnership or multiple owners of property shall be passed through to the partners, members or owners on a pro rata basis or pursuant to an executed agreement among the partners, members or owners documenting an alternative distribution method.
(4) To claim the credit authorized pursuant to this section, the taxpayer shall apply to the department which shall determine the amount of eligible rehabilitation costs and expenses and whether the rehabilitation is consistent with the standards of the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior. The department shall issue a certificate evidencing the eligible credit if the taxpayer is found to be eligible for the tax credit. The taxpayer shall attach the certificate to all income tax returns on which the credit is claimed.
(5) (a) The board of trustees of the department shall establish fees to be charged for the services performed by the department under this section and shall publish the fee schedule. The fees contained in the schedule shall be in amounts reasonably calculated to recover the costs incurred by the department for the administration of this section. Any taxpayer desiring to participate in the tax credits authorized by this section shall pay the appropriate fee as contained in the fee schedule to the department, which shall be used by the department, without appropriation, to offset the administrative costs of the department associated with its duties under this section.
(b) There is hereby created within the State Treasury a special fund into which shall be deposited all the fees collected by the department pursuant to this section. Money deposited into the fund shall not lapse at the end of any fiscal year and investment earnings on the proceeds in such special fund shall be deposited into such fund. Money from the fund shall be disbursed upon warrants issued by the State Fiscal Officer upon requisitions signed by the executive director of the department to assist the department in carrying out its duties under this section.
(6) This section shall stand repealed on December 31, 2011.
SECTION 2. Section 27-104-27, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
27-104-27. Notwithstanding anything in Sections 27-103-101 through 27-103-139 and 27-104-1 through 27-104-29 contained, the same shall not be construed to apply to any agency supported wholly by funds granted or allotted under any act of Congress. The State Auditor of Public Accounts and after July 1, 1986, the State Fiscal Officer shall determine which special fund accounts in the State Treasury require an appropriation act and request an appropriation for such special fund accounts. For all other special fund accounts, the State Auditor of Public Accounts, or the State Fiscal Officer after July 1, 1986, shall certify that such accounts do not require an appropriation. The Legislative Budget Office shall recommend an appropriation for each special fund account existing in the State Treasury so certified as requiring an appropriation, unless exempted as hereinafter provided. In the event the Legislative Budget Committee and the State Fiscal Officer find that any state agency should not be included under the provisions of Sections 27-103-101 through 27-103-139 and 27-104-1 through 27-104-29, then the said committee and officer may, in their discretion, exempt said state agency from the provisions thereof. Sections 27-103-101 through 27-103-139 and 27-104-1 through 27-104-29 shall not apply to funds collected and disbursed by a state agency created and existing under the provisions of Sections 73-3-101 through 73-3-169. Sections 27-103-101 through 27-103-139 and 27-104-1 through 27-104-29 shall not apply to funds deposited into the special fund created pursuant to Section 45-9-101, the special fund created pursuant to Section 69-37-39, the special fund created pursuant to Section 1 of Chapter 521, Laws of 1999, the special fund created pursuant to Section 31-17-127, the special fund created pursuant to Section 65-1-110 or the special fund created pursuant to Section 1 of House Bill No. 1630, 2006 Regular Session.
The State Fiscal Officer shall not promulgate or attempt to enforce any rule, order or regulation which is not in accordance with the provisions of a legally executed trust indenture agreement, nor shall Sections 27-103-101 through 27-103-139 and 27-104-1 through 27-104-29 be construed to apply to funds collected and disbursed by a state agency under Sections 65-33-45 and 65-33-47.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after January 1, 2006.