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Bill Detail: HB24-1249

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Title Tax Credit Agricultural Stewardship Practices
Status Sent to the Governor (05/09/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Fiscal Policy & Taxes
House Sponsors M. Martinez (D)
T. Winter (R)
Senate Sponsors D. Roberts (D)
R. Pelton (R)
House Committee Agriculture, Water and Natural Resources
Senate Committee Finance
Date Introduced 02/12/2024
Summary

The bill establishes a state income tax credit for active qualified
stewardship practices on a farm or ranch beginning January 1, 2026.
There are 3 tiers of tax credits that may be earned by a qualified taxpayer.
For actively practicing one qualified stewardship practice, a qualified
taxpayer may earn a state income tax credit equal to $75 per acre of land
covered by the qualified stewardship practice, up to a maximum credit of
$150,000 in one income tax year. For actively practicing 2 qualified
stewardship practices, a qualified taxpayer may earn a state income tax
credit equal to $100 per acre of land covered by the qualified stewardship
practices, up to a maximum credit of $200,000 in one income tax year.
For actively practicing 3 or more qualified stewardship practices, a
qualified taxpayer may earn a state income tax credit up to $150 per acre
of land covered by the qualified stewardship practices, up to a maximum
of $300,000 per income tax year. The tax credit is refundable and may not
be carried forward.
To claim the credit, a qualified taxpayer must apply to the
department of agriculture for a tax credit certificate. The department of
agriculture will evaluate the application and issue the certificate if the
taxpayer qualifies for the tax credit. If a tax credit certificate is issued, the
qualified taxpayer must attach it to the taxpayer's income tax return and
submit it to the department of revenue.
The aggregate amount of tax credits issued in one calendar year
cannot exceed $10 million. After certificates have been issued for credits
that exceed an aggregate of $10 million for all qualified taxpayers during
a calendar year, any claims that exceed the amount allowed are placed on
a wait list in the order submitted and a certificate is issued for use of the
credit in the next income tax year. No more than $5 million in claims
shall be placed on the wait list in any given calendar year.
Only one tax credit certificate may be issued per qualified taxpayer
in a calendar year, and the qualified taxpayer claiming the credit may only
receive the tax credit for up to 3 income tax years. No credit may be
earned if the qualified taxpayer has received another tax credit, a tax
deduction, or a grant related to agricultural land health from any source
during the income tax year for which the tax credit is sought.

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