2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
ASSEMBLY SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT 1,
TO 2011 ASSEMBLY BILL 376
February 22, 2012 - Offered by Representative Knilans.
1An Act to create
238.137 of the statutes; relating to: authorizing the transfer
2of tax credits earned in connection with economic development in this state.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a tax credit awarded by the Wisconsin Economic
Development Corporation (corporation) may normally only be claimed by the person
certified by the corporation to claim that credit; the credit may not be transferred to
This substitute amendment directs the corporation to create a program for the
transfer of tax credits awarded by the corporation. Under the substitute
amendment, the corporation may authorize the transfer of a portion of a tax credit
if the corporation determines that the person meets at least one of the following
1. The person is headquartered in, and employs at least 51 percent of its
employees in, Wisconsin.
2. The person intends to relocate its headquarters to, and employ at least 51
percent of its employees in, Wisconsin.
3. The person intends to expand its operations in Wisconsin, and that
expansion will increase the number of full-time employees employed by the person
in Wisconsin by a number that is at least 10 percent of the person's full-time
4. The person intends to expand its operations in Wisconsin, and the person will
make a significant capital investment in property in Wisconsin as a result of that
Once the corporation authorizes a person to transfer a tax credit, that person
may transfer up to 85 percent of the tax credit to another person who has Wisconsin
tax liability, except that no tax credit may be transferred under the substitute
amendment in exchange for money. The person transferring the credit must notify
the corporation and the Department of Revenue of that transfer. The person to whom
a credit is transferred may carry forward any unused amount of the transferred
value of that credit for up to 15 years until fully claimed. Also, the corporation may
prevent that transferee from claiming the tax credit for up to three years after the
credit is transferred.
The substitute amendment also authorizes the corporation to waive or modify
a requirement of a certification for a tax credit issued by the corporation if a person
who may transfer the tax credit applies to the corporation for that waiver or
modification and the corporation determines that the requested waiver or
modification will support economic development in Wisconsin. The substitute
amendment does not otherwise relieve any person of the person's responsibilities in
connection with a tax credit certification. If the corporation revokes a person's
certification for a tax credit and that person has already transferred a portion of the
tax credit, that person, not the person to whom the credit was transferred, must
repay the full amount of the tax credit to the state.
Under the substitute amendment, the corporation may authorize the transfer
of up to $10,000,000 in partial tax credits over five years. However, if after reaching
that 5-year limit, the corporation determines that an extension of the program will
support significant economic development in Wisconsin, the corporation may
continue the program for up to an additional five years and authorize transfer of up
to an additional $10,000,000 in partial tax credits. However, any such extension of
the program is subject to passive review by the Joint Committee on Finance.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
2238.137 Pilot program for the transfer of tax credits earned for
3economic development in this state. (1) Application and corporation
(a) A person who the corporation certifies or otherwise authorizes 5
to claim a tax credit may apply to the corporation on a form prescribed by the 6
corporation for authorization to transfer that tax credit under this section. The
corporation shall notify the person of the corporation's determination within 10 2
business days after the corporation receives the application.
(b) The corporation shall authorize the transfer of a tax credit if a person 4
applies for an authorization under par. (a) and the corporation finds that the person 5
meets at least one of the following conditions:
1. The person is headquartered and employs at least 51 percent of its employees 7
in this state.
2. The person intends to relocate its headquarters to this state and employ at 9
least 51 percent of its employees in this state.
3. The person intends to expand its operations in this state, and that expansion 11
will result in an increase in the number of full-time employees employed by the 12
person in an amount equal to at least 10 percent of the person's full-time workforce 13
at the time of application.
4. The person intends to expand its operations in this state, and that expansion 15
will result in the person making a significant capital investment in property located 16
in this state, as determined by the corporation.
(c) 1. Subject to subd. 2. and sub. (2), a person may transfer a tax credit to 18
another person who is subject to taxation under ch. 71 if the corporation authorizes 19
that transfer and if the person who is certified to claim the credit notifies the 20
department of revenue and the corporation of the transfer in the manner prescribed 21
by the corporation. The person to whom a tax credit is transferred may carry forward 22
any unused amount of the transferred value of that credit as provided under the 23
appropriate provision in ch. 71.
2. A tax credit may not be transferred under this paragraph in exchange for 25
(d) The corporation may, as a condition of an authorization under this 2
subsection, prohibit a person to whom the tax credit is transferred from claiming that 3
credit for a period not to exceed 3 years after the date on which the credit is 4
5(2) Limitations on the transfer of tax credits.
A person may not transfer 6
more than 85 percent of the total value of a tax credit. Once a portion of a tax credit 7
is transferred under this section, the remaining portion of that credit may not be 8
transferred and may not be claimed against tax liability by any person.
9(3) Corporation waiver of certification requirements.
Notwithstanding s. 10
238.303 (2) or any other provision of this chapter or of ch. 71, the corporation may 11
modify or waive any requirement of a certification or other authorization to claim a 12
tax credit that was issued by the corporation if all of the following conditions are met:
(a) The person subject to the requirement applies to the corporation for a 14
modification or waiver of that requirement in the manner prescribed by the 15
(b) The corporation authorizes the person to transfer the tax credit under this 17
section, and the person does transfer the credit, as authorized.
(c) The corporation determines that the requested modification or waiver will 19
support economic development in this state.
(a) If the corporation revokes a person's certification or other 21
authorization to claim a tax credit issued by the corporation and at the time of 22
revocation that person has transferred a portion of that credit under this section, 23
that person shall repay the full amount of the credit to the corporation 24
notwithstanding that transfer.
(b) The corporation shall pay any amounts it receives under par. (a) to the 2
secretary of administration for deposit in the general fund.
3(5) Program limits and termination.
(a) Except as provided in par. (b), the 4
corporation may not authorize the transfer of portions of tax credits under this 5
section that total more than $10,000,000, and the corporation may not authorize the 6
transfer of a tax credit after 60 months after the effective date of this paragraph .... 7
[LRB inserts date].
(b) Upon expiration of the 60-month period under par. (a), the corporation may 9
continue to authorize the transfer of tax credits under this section for up to an 10
additional 60 months, and the corporation may authorize the transfer of up to an 11
additional $10,000,000 in partial tax credits, if the corporation determines that a 12
continuation of the program under this section will promote significant economic 13
development in this state. Before the corporation authorizes the transfer of a tax 14
credit under this paragraph, the chief executive officer of the corporation shall notify 15
the joint committee on finance in writing that the corporation intends to continue 16
authorizing the transfer of tax credits under this section. That notice shall state the 17
reasons supporting the corporation's determination that the transfer of additional 18
tax credits will promote significant economic development in this state. If, within 19
14 working days after the date of that notice, the cochairpersons of the committee do 20
not notify the corporation that the committee has scheduled a meeting to review the 21
corporation's proposed continuation of the program, the corporation may proceed to 22
authorize the transfer of additional tax credits under this section. If, within 14 23
working days after the date of that notice, the cochairpersons of the committee notify 24
the corporation that the committee has scheduled a meeting to review the proposed
continuation of the program, the corporation may proceed to authorize the transfer 2
of partial tax credits only upon approval of the committee.
This act first applies to a certification or other authorization to claim a tax 5
credit issued by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation on January 1, 6