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238.397(2)(b)7. 7. The needs of other areas of the state.
238.397(2)(b)8. 8. Any other factors that the corporation considers relevant.
238.397(2)(bg) (bg) Notwithstanding par. (a) and subject to pars. (c), (d), and (e), the corporation may designate an area as an enterprise development zone for a project if the corporation determines all of the following:
238.397(2)(bg)1. 1. That the project serves a public purpose.
238.397(2)(bg)2. 2. That the project is not likely to occur or continue without the corporation's designation of the area as an enterprise development zone.
238.397(2)(bg)3. 3. That the project will likely provide for significant environmental remediation.
238.397(2)(br) (br) In making a determination under par. (bg), the corporation shall consider all of the following:
238.397(2)(br)1. 1. The factors specified in par. (b) 1. to 8.
238.397(2)(br)2. 2. The environmental remediation that is likely to result from the project.
238.397(2)(c) (c) The corporation may not designate as an enterprise development zone, or as any part of an enterprise development zone, an area that is located within the boundaries of an area that is designated as a development opportunity zone under s. 238.395, the designation of which is in effect.
238.397(2)(d) (d) The corporation may not designate more than 98 enterprise development zones unless the corporation obtains the approval of the joint committee on finance to do so. Of the enterprise development zones that the corporation designates, at least 10 shall be designated under par. (bg).
238.397(2)(e) (e) The corporation may not designate any area as an enterprise development zone on or after March 6, 2009.
238.397(3) (3)Application and project plan.
238.397(3)(a)(a) A person that conducts or that intends to conduct a project and that desires to have the area in which the project is or is to be conducted designated as an enterprise development zone for the purpose of claiming tax benefits may submit to the corporation an application and a project plan.
238.397(3)(b) (b) A project plan under par. (a) shall include all of the following:
238.397(3)(b)1. 1. The name and address of the person's business for which tax benefits will be claimed.
238.397(3)(b)2. 2. The appropriate Wisconsin tax identification number of the person.
238.397(3)(b)3. 3. The names and addresses of other locations outside of the area proposed to be designated as an enterprise development zone where the person conducts business and a description of the business activities conducted at those locations.
238.397(3)(b)4. 4. The amount that the person proposes to invest in a business; to spend on the construction, rehabilitation, repair, or remodeling of a building; or to spend on the removal or containment of, or the restoration of soil or groundwater affected by, environmental pollution; in the area proposed to be designated as an enterprise development zone.
238.397(3)(b)5. 5. The estimated total investment of the person in the enterprise development zone.
238.397(3)(b)6. 6. The estimated number of full-time jobs that will be created, retained, or substantially upgraded as a result of the person's project in relation to the amount of tax benefits estimated for the person.
238.397(3)(b)7. 7. The person's plans to make reasonable attempts to hire employees from the target population.
238.397(3)(b)8. 8. The estimated number of full-time jobs that will be filled by members of the target population.
238.397(3)(b)10. 10. The boundaries or legal description of the area proposed to be designated as an enterprise development zone.
238.397(3)(b)11. 11. Any other information required by the corporation or the department of revenue.
238.397(3)(c) (c) The corporation may not accept or approve any applications or project plans submitted under par. (a) on or after March 6, 2009.
238.397(4) (4)Designation, certification and additional duties.
238.397(4)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (h), if the corporation approves a project plan under sub. (3) and designates the area in which the person submitting the project plan conducts or intends to conduct the project as an enterprise development zone under the criteria under sub. (2), the corporation shall certify the person as eligible for tax benefits.
238.397(4)(c) (c) When the corporation designates an area as an enterprise development zone for a project, the corporation shall notify the governing body of any city, village, town, or federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in which the area is located of the area's designation.
238.397(4)(d) (d) The corporation shall notify the department of revenue of all persons entitled to claim tax benefits under this section, except that the corporation shall notify the office of the commissioner of insurance of all persons entitled to claim the credit under s. 76.636.
238.397(4)(f) (f) The tax benefits for which a person is certified as eligible under this subsection are not transferable to another person, business, or location, except to the extent permitted under section 383 of the internal revenue code.
238.397(4)(g) (g) The corporation annually shall verify information submitted to the corporation under s. 71.07 (2dx), 71.28 (1dx), 71.47 (1dx), or 76.636.
238.397(4)(h) (h) No person may be certified under this subsection on or after March 6, 2009.
238.397(5) (5)Duration and limits.
238.397(5)(a)(a) When the corporation designates an area as an enterprise development zone under this section, the corporation shall specify the length of time, not to exceed 84 months, that the designation is effective, subject to par. (d) and sub. (6).
238.397(5)(b) (b) When the corporation designates an area as an enterprise development zone under this section, the corporation shall establish a limit, not to exceed $3,000,000, for tax benefits for the enterprise development zone.
238.397(5)(c) (c) Annually, the corporation shall estimate the amount of forgone state revenue because of tax benefits claimed by persons in each enterprise development zone.
238.397(5)(d)1.1. Notwithstanding the length of time specified by the corporation under par. (a), the designation of an area as an enterprise development zone shall expire 90 days after the day on which the corporation determines that the forgone tax revenues under par. (c) will equal or exceed the limit established for the enterprise development zone.
238.397(5)(d)2. 2. The corporation shall immediately notify the department of revenue and the governing body of any city, village, town, or federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in which the enterprise development zone is located of a change in the expiration date of the enterprise development zone under this paragraph.
238.397(6) (6)Revocation of entitlement.
238.397(6)(a)(a) The corporation shall revoke the entitlement of a person to claim tax benefits under this section, and the designation of the area as an enterprise development zone shall expire, if the person does any of the following:
238.397(6)(a)1. 1. Supplies false or misleading information to obtain the tax benefits.
238.397(6)(a)2. 2. Leaves the enterprise development zone to conduct substantially the same business outside of the enterprise development zone.
238.397(6)(a)3. 3. Ceases operations in the enterprise development zone and does not renew operation of the trade or business or a similar trade or business in the enterprise development zone within 12 months.
238.397(6)(b) (b) The corporation shall notify the department of revenue within 30 days after revoking an entitlement under par. (a).
238.397 History History: 1995 a. 27 ss. 6936s to 6936v, 9130 (4); 1995 a. 209, 227, 417; 1997 a. 3, 27, 39; 1999 a. 9, 32; 2005 a. 25, 259; 2009 a. 2, 87; 2011 a. 32 s. 3435; Stats. 2011 s. 238.397.
238.398 238.398 Agricultural development zone.
238.398(1) (1) In this section, "rural municipality" means any of the following:
238.398(1)(a) (a) A city, town, or village that is located in a county with a population density of less than 150 persons per square mile.
238.398(1)(b) (b) A city, town, or village with a population of 6,000 or less.
238.398(2) (2)
238.398(2)(a)(a) Except as provided under par. (c), the corporation may designate one area in the state as an agricultural development zone. The area must be located in a rural municipality. An agricultural business that is located in an agricultural development zone and that is certified by the corporation under sub. (3) is eligible for tax benefits as provided in sub. (3).
238.398(2)(b) (b) The designation of an area as an agricultural development zone shall be in effect for 10 years from the time that the corporation first designates the area. Not more than $5,000,000 in tax benefits may be claimed in an agricultural development zone, except that the corporation may allocate the amount of unallocated airport development zone tax credits, as provided under s. 238.3995 (3) (b), to agricultural development zones for which the $5,000,000 maximum allocation is insufficient. The corporation may change the boundaries of an agricultural development zone during the time that its designation is in effect. A change in the boundaries of an agricultural development zone does not affect the duration of the designation of the area or the maximum tax benefit amount that may be claimed in the agricultural development zone.
238.398(2)(c) (c) No area may be designated as an agricultural development zone on or after March 6, 2009.
238.398(3) (3)
238.398(3)(a)(a) Except as provided under par. (c), the corporation may certify for tax benefits in an agricultural development zone a new or expanding agricultural business that is located in the agricultural development zone. In determining whether to certify a business under this subsection, the corporation shall consider, among other things, the number of jobs that will be created or retained by the business.
238.398(3)(b) (b) When the corporation certifies an agricultural business under this subsection, the corporation shall establish a limit on the amount of tax benefits that the business may claim. The corporation shall enter into an agreement with the business that specifies the limit on the amount of tax benefits that the business may claim and reporting requirements with which the business must comply.
238.398(3)(c) (c) No business may be certified under this subsection on or after March 6, 2009.
238.398(4) (4)
238.398(4)(a)(a) The corporation shall notify the department of revenue of all the following:
238.398(4)(a)1. 1. An agricultural development zone's designation.
238.398(4)(a)2. 2. A business's certification and the limit on the amount of tax benefits that the business may claim.
238.398(4)(a)3. 3. The revocation of a business's certification.
238.398(4)(b) (b) The corporation shall annually verify information submitted to the corporation under s. 71.07 (2dm) or (2dx), 71.28 (1dm) or (1dx), 71.47 (1dm) or (1dx), or 76.636.
238.398(5) (5) The corporation shall adopt rules for the operation of this section, including rules related to all the following:
238.398(5)(a) (a) Criteria for designating an area as an agricultural development zone.
238.398(5)(b) (b) Criteria for certifying a business for tax benefits.
238.398(5)(c) (c) Standards for establishing the limit on the amount of tax benefits that a business may claim.
238.398(5)(d) (d) Reporting requirements for certified businesses.
238.398(5)(e) (e) The exchange of information between the corporation and the department of revenue.
238.398(5)(f) (f) Reasons for revoking a business's certification.
238.398(5)(g) (g) Standards for changing the boundaries of an agricultural development zone.
238.398 History History: 2001 a. 16, 104; 2005 a. 259; 2007 a. 183; 2009 a. 2; 2011 a. 32 s. 3436; Stats. 2011 s. 238.398.
238.399 238.399 Enterprise zone.
238.399(1)(1) Definitions. In this section:
238.399(1)(am)1.1. Except as provided in subd. 2., "full-time employee" means an individual who is employed in a regular, nonseasonal job and who, as a condition of employment, is required to work at least 2,080 hours per year, including paid leave and holidays.
238.399(1)(am)2. 2. The corporation may grant exceptions to the requirement under subd. 1. that a full-time employee means an individual who, as a condition of employment, is required to work at least 2,080 hours per year if all of the following apply:
238.399(1)(am)2.a. a. The individual is employed in a job for which the annual pay is more than the amount determined by multiplying 2,080 by 150 percent of the federal minimum wage.
238.399(1)(am)2.b. b. The individual is offered retirement, health, and other benefits that are equivalent to the retirement, health, and other benefits offered to an individual who is required to work at least 2,080 hours per year.
238.399(1)(bm) (bm) "Personnel" means all of the following:
238.399(1)(bm)1. 1. A business' employees in an enterprise zone.
238.399(1)(bm)2. 2. Individuals who provide services to a business as independent contractors in this state.
238.399(1)(c) (c) "Tax benefits" means the income and franchise tax credits under ss. 71.07 (3w), 71.28 (3w), and 71.47 (3w).
238.399(3) (3)Designation of enterprise zones; criteria.
238.399(3)(a)(a) The corporation may designate not more than 20 enterprise zones.
238.399(3)(b) (b) In determining whether to designate an area under par. (a), the corporation shall consider all of the following:
238.399(3)(b)1. 1. Indicators of the area's economic need, which may include data regarding household income, average wages, the condition of property, housing values, population decline, job losses, infrastructure and energy support, the rate of business development, and the existing resources available to the area.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)