238.363(1)(b) (b) Promote economic development within the development zone.
238.363(1)(c) (c) Assist the corporation in the administration of the development zone program.
238.363(4) (4) The local governing body of a 1st class city where a development zone is designated under s. 238.31 (3) (c) 1. shall enter into an agreement with the corporation to provide efficient administration of the development zone program within the development zone.
238.363 History History: 1987 a. 328; 1995 a. 209; 2011 a. 32 s. 3428; Stats. s. 238.363.
238.365 238.365 Certification for tax benefits. The corporation shall do all of the following:
238.365(1) (1) Evaluate the likelihood that a person applying for tax benefits engages or will engage in economic activity consistent with the development zone application.
238.365(2) (2) Determine whether a person applying for tax benefits engages or will engage in economic activity that violates s. 238.38 (1).
238.365(3) (3) Subject to s. 238.38, certify persons who are eligible to claim tax benefits while an area is designated as a development zone, according to the following criteria:
238.365(3)(a) (a) The likelihood that the person will continue to conduct economic activity in the area following expiration of the designation of the area as a development zone.
238.365(3)(b) (b) The person's commitment not to engage in economic activity that violates s. 238.38 (1).
238.365(3)(bm) (bm) The person's commitment to use techniques or processes that reduce or eliminate the use of ozone-depleting substances that are listed as class I substances under 42 USC 7671a.
238.365(3)(c) (c) The number of full-time jobs that will be created, retained, or substantially upgraded as a result of the person's economic activity in relation to the amount of tax benefits estimated for the person under sub. (4).
238.365(3)(d) (d) The person's plans to make reasonable attempts to hire employees from the targeted population.
238.365(3)(e) (e) The amount the person proposes to invest in a business, or spend on the construction, rehabilitation, repair, or remodeling of a building, located within the development zone.
238.365(3)(f) (f) The likelihood that the person's economic activity will attract other forms of economic activity to the development zone.
238.365(3)(g) (g) Whether the person's proposed economic activity is consistent with the development zone application.
238.365(3)(h) (h) The effects of the person's proposed investment on the economic and social well-being of the targeted population.
238.365(3)(j) (j) Any other criteria established under rules adopted by the corporation.
238.365(4) (4) Within 3 months after a person is certified under sub. (3), estimate the amount of tax benefits that the person will claim while an area is designated as a development zone.
238.365(5) (5) Provide a person certified under sub. (3) and the department of revenue with a copy of the certification. The certification shall include all of the following:
238.365(5)(a) (a) The name and address of the person's business.
238.365(5)(b) (b) The appropriate Wisconsin tax identification number of the person.
238.365(5)(c) (c) The names and addresses of other locations outside of the development zone where the person conducts business and a description of the business activities conducted at those locations.
238.365(5)(d) (d) The estimated total investment of the person in the development zone.
238.365(5)(e) (e) The estimated number of full-time jobs that will be created, retained, or significantly upgraded in the development zone because of the person's business.
238.365(5)(f) (f) An estimate of the number or percentage of full-time jobs described in par. (e) that are or will likely be held by members of the targeted population.
238.365(5)(g) (g) The limit under s. 238.368 on tax benefits the person may claim while an area is designated as a development zone.
238.365(5)(h) (h) Other information required by the corporation or the department of revenue.
238.365 History History: 1987 a. 328; 1989 a. 31; 1993 a. 243; 1997 a. 27, 103; 2011 a. 32 s. 3429; Stats. s. 238.365.
238.368 238.368 Limits on tax benefit to certified person.
238.368(1) (1)
238.368(1)(a)(a) The corporation shall establish a limit on the maximum amount of tax benefits a person certified under s. 238.365 (3) may claim while an area is designated as a development zone.
238.368(1)(b) (b) When establishing a limit on tax benefits under par. (a), the corporation shall do all of the following:
238.368(1)(b)1. 1. Consider all of the criteria described in s. 238.365 (3) (a) to (e).
238.368(1)(b)2. 2. Establish a limit which does not greatly exceed a recommended limit, established under rules adopted by the corporation based on the cost, number and types of full-time jobs that will be created, retained, or upgraded, including full-time jobs available to members of the targeted population, as a result of the economic activity of the person certified under s. 238.365 (3).
238.368(2) (2) The corporation may, upon request, increase a limit on tax benefits established under sub. (1) if the corporation does all of the following:
238.368(2)(a) (a) Complies with sub. (1) (b) with respect to the proposed increase.
238.368(2)(b) (b) Revises the certification required under s. 238.365 (5) and provides a copy of the revised form to the department of revenue and the person whose limit is increased under this subsection.
238.368(3) (3)
238.368(3)(a)(a) The corporation may reduce a limit established under sub. (1) or (2) if the corporation determines that any of the following applies:
238.368(3)(a)1. 1. The limit is not consistent with the criteria listed under s. 238.365 (3) (a) to (e).
238.368(3)(a)2. 2. The information on which the limit is based was inaccurate or significantly misestimated.
238.368(3)(b) (b) The corporation shall notify the department of revenue and the person whose limit on tax benefits is reduced under par. (a) and provide a written explanation to the person of the reasons for reducing the limit.
238.368 History History: 1987 a. 328; 1989 a. 31, 56; 1997 a. 27; 2005 a. 253; 2011 a. 32 s. 3430; Stats. 2011 s. 238.368.
238.37 238.37 Revocation of certification.
238.37(1) (1) The corporation shall revoke the certification of a person certified under s. 238.365 (3) if the person does any of the following:
238.37(1)(a) (a) Supplies false or misleading information to obtain certification.
238.37(1)(b) (b) Becomes subject to revocation under s. 238.38 (1).
238.37(1)(c) (c) Leaves the development zone to conduct substantially the same business outside of the development zone.
238.37(1)(d) (d) Ceases operations in the development zone and does not renew operation of the trade or business or a similar trade or business in the development zone within 12 months.
238.37(2) (2) The corporation shall notify the department of revenue within 30 days of revoking a certification under sub. (1).
238.37 History History: 1987 a. 328; 2011 a. 32 s. 3431; Stats. 2011 s. 238.37.
238.38 238.38 Certification prohibited in certain cases.
238.38(1)(1) Except as provided in subs. (2) and (3), no person may be certified under s. 238.365 (3), or a person's certification may be revoked under s. 238.37, if the proposed new business, expansion of an existing business, or other proposed economic activity in a development zone would do or does any of the following:
238.38(1)(a) (a) Result in the direct loss of full-time jobs at another of the person's business locations in this state outside of the development zone.
238.38(1)(b) (b) Likely result in the direct transfer of employees from a business location in this state to a business location in the development zone.
238.38(1m) (1m) No person may be certified under s. 238.365 (3) on or after March 6, 2009.
238.38(2) (2)Subsection (1) does not apply if, after a hearing, the corporation, or the local governing body under sub. (3) (a), determines that any of the following applies:
238.38(2)(a) (a) The total number of full-time jobs provided by the person in this state would be reduced if the person were not certified under s. 238.365 (3) or if the person's certification were revoked.
238.38(2)(b) (b) The situation is extraordinary.
238.38(3) (3)
238.38(3)(a)(a) Except as provided in pars. (b) and (c), if the economic activity for which a person is seeking certification under s. 238.365 (3) is the relocation of a business into a development zone from a location that is outside the development zone but within the limits of a city, village, town, or federally recognized American Indian reservation in which that development zone is located, the local governing body that nominated that area as a development zone under s. 238.32 shall determine whether sub. (2) (a) or (b) applies.
238.38(3)(b) (b) Only the corporation may determine whether sub. (2) (a) or (b) applies to a business relocation described in par. (a) if the business relocation would likely result in the loss of full-time jobs at or transfer of employees from a business location that is in this state but outside the limits of any city, village, town, or federally recognized American Indian reservation in which the development zone is located.
238.38(3)(c) (c) No local governing body may make any determination under this subsection on or after March 6, 2009.
238.38 History History: 1987 a. 328; 1993 a. 275; 1997 a. 27; 2005 a. 253; 2009 a. 2; 2011 a. 32 s. 3432; Stats. 2011 s. 238.38.
238.385 238.385 Rules on eligibility for tax benefits.
238.385(1) (1) For the development zone program under ss. 238.30 and 238.31 to 238.38, the development opportunity zone program under s. 238.395, and the enterprise development zone program under s. 238.397, the corporation shall adopt rules that further define a person's eligibility for tax benefits. The rules shall do at least all of the following:
238.385(1)(a) (a) Limit a person's eligibility to claim tax benefits for retaining full-time jobs to those jobs that likely would not have been retained but for the tax benefits.
238.385(1)(b) (b) Allow a person to claim up to $8,000 in tax benefits during the time that an area is designated as a development zone, as a development opportunity zone, or as an enterprise development zone for creating a full-time job that is filled by a member of the target population.
238.385(1)(bm) (bm) Allow a person to claim up to $8,000 in tax benefits during the time that an area is designated as an enterprise development zone for retaining a full-time job if the corporation determines that the person made a significant capital investment to retain the full-time job.
238.385(1)(c) (c) Allow a person to claim up to $6,000 in tax benefits during the time that an area is designated as a development zone, as a development opportunity zone, or as an enterprise development zone for any of the following:
238.385(1)(c)1. 1. Creating a full-time job that is filled by an individual who is a Wisconsin resident and who is not a member of the target population.
238.385(1)(c)2. 2. Retaining a full-time job that is filled by an individual who is a Wisconsin resident and who is not a member of the target population.
238.385(1)(d) (d) Except for a person claiming tax benefits only for environmental remediation under s. 71.07 (2dx) (b) 1., 71.28 (1dx) (b) 1., 71.47 (1dx) (b) 1., or 76.636, require at least 25 percent of the tax benefits claimed by a person to be based on creating or retaining full-time jobs.
238.385(1)(e) (e) Require at least one-third of the tax benefits claimed by a person that are based on creating full-time jobs to be based on creating full-time jobs that are filled by members of the target population.
238.385(1)(f) (f) Specify how long a full-time job that is created or retained by a person must be maintained in order for the person to claim tax benefits for the full-time job.
238.385(1)(g) (g) Generally provide incentives for the retention of employees filling full-time jobs upon which tax benefits are based.
238.385(1)(h) (h) Provide that a person's eligibility to claim tax benefits for environmental remediation under s. 71.07 (2dx) (b) 1., 71.28 (1dx) (b) 1., 71.47 (1dx) (b) 1., or 76.636 is not based on creating or retaining jobs.
238.385(2) (2) The corporation may by rule specify circumstances under which the corporation may grant exceptions to any of the following:
238.385(2)(a) (a) The requirements specified under sub. (1) (d) and (e).
238.385(2)(b) (b) The requirement under ss. 238.30 (2m) and 238.397 (1) (am) that an individual's pay must equal at least 150 percent of the federal minimum wage.
238.385(2)(c) (c) The requirement under ss. 238.30 (2m) and 238.397 (1) (am) that an individual's position must be regular, nonseasonal, and full-time and that the individual must be required to work at least 2,080 hours per year, including paid leave and holidays.
238.385 History History: 1997 a. 27, 41; 1999 a. 9; 2005 a. 259; 2009 a. 2; 2011 a. 32 s. 3433; Stats. 2011 s. 238.385.
238.395 238.395 Development opportunity zones.
238.395(1) (1)Designation of development opportunity zones. The following areas are designated as development opportunity zones:
238.395(1)(a) (a) An area in the city of Beloit, the legal description of which is provided to the corporation by the local governing body of the city of Beloit.
238.395(1)(b) (b) An area in the city of West Allis, the legal description of which is provided to the corporation by the local governing body of the city of West Allis.
238.395(1)(c) (c) An area in the city of Eau Claire, the legal description of which is provided to the corporation by the local governing body of the city of Eau Claire.
238.395(1)(d) (d) An area in the city of Kenosha, the legal description of which is provided to the corporation by the local governing body of the city of Kenosha.
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2015-16 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2017 Wis. Act 64 and all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders effective on or before November 20, 2017. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after November 20, 2017 are designated by NOTES. (Published 11-20-17)