California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 2673


Introduced by Assembly Member Harper

(Coauthors: Assembly Members Steinorth and Wilk)

February 19, 2016


An act to add Section 6377.5 to, and to add and repeal Sections 17053.55 and 23655 of, the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to taxation, to take effect immediately, tax levy.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 2673, as introduced, Harper. Sales and use tax exemption: income tax credits hydrogen refueling station equipment.

(1) Existing sales and use tax laws impose a tax on retailers measured by the gross receipts from the sale of tangible personal property sold at retail in this state or on the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of tangible personal property purchased from a retailer for storage, use, or other consumption in this state. Existing law provides various exemptions from the taxes imposed by those laws.

This bill, on and after January 1, 2017, and before January 1, 2030, would exempt from those taxes the gross receipts from the sale of, and the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of, hydrogen refueling station equipment, as defined, purchased by a recipient of a grant pursuant to the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program for the development of hydrogen refueling stations.

The Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law authorizes counties and cities to impose local sales and use taxes in conformity with the Sales and Use Tax Law, and existing law authorizes districts, as specified, to impose transactions and use taxes in accordance with the Transactions and Use Tax Law, which conforms to the Sales and Use Tax Law. Amendments to state sales and use taxes are incorporated into these laws.

Section 2230 of the Revenue and Taxation Code provides that the state will reimburse counties and cities for revenue losses caused by the enactment of sales and use tax exemptions.

This bill would provide that, notwithstanding Section 2230 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, no appropriation is made and the state shall not reimburse any local agencies for sales and use tax revenues lost by them pursuant to this bill.

(2) The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow various credits against the taxes imposed by those laws.

This bill would allow to a grant recipient described above a credit against those taxes for the taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2016, and before January 1, 2017, for an amount equal to the sum of the sales tax reimbursement or use taxes previously paid by a grant recipient for hydrogen refueling station equipment during the period from January 1, 2014, to January 1, 2017, inclusive, as provided. The bill would repeal these provisions as of December 1, 2017.

(3) This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 6377.5 is added to the Revenue and
2Taxation Code
, to read:

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6377.5.  

(a) On and after January 1, 2017, there are exempted
4from the taxes imposed by this part the gross receipts from the sale
5of, and the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of,
6hydrogen refueling station equipment to or by a qualified grant
7recipient before January 1, 2030.

8(b) As used in this section, the following definitions shall apply:

9(1) “Qualified grant recipient” means a person who has received
10a grant pursuant to Section 44272 of the Health and Safety Code
11for the development of hydrogen refueling stations within this
12state.

13(2) “Hydrogen refueling station” means any motor vehicle
14fueling station which provides hydrogen fuel, either exclusively
15or concurrently with other motor vehicle fuels, for use by fuel cell
16electric vehicles.

P3    1(3) “Hydrogren refueling station equipment” means any of the
2following:

3(A) Equipment, including, but not limited to, machinery,
4devices, contrivances, and component, repair, or replacement parts,
5whether purchased separately or in conjunction with a complete
6machine and regardless of whether the equipment or component
7parts are assembled by the grant recipient or another party, to be
8located at a hydrogen refueling station within this state and used
9exclusively for the distribution, dispensing, storage, or production
10of hydrogen fuel for fuel cell electric vehicles, including, but not
11limited to, pressurized storage, compression, pre-cooling, and
12pumping of hydrogen fuel.

13(B) Personal property that is software or software services,
14regardless of location, and computer, computer-type, or data
15processing hardware or hardware services, regardless of location,
16that is used exclusively for the distribution, storage, or production
17of hydrogen fuel for fuel cell electric vehicles.

18(C) Any other personal property required to operate, control,
19regulate, or maintain the hydrogen refueling station equipment set
20forth in subparagraph (A) or (B).

21(4) “Fuel cell” means a device that directly or indirectly creates
22electricity through an electrochemical process using hydrogen, or
23hydgrogen-rich, fuel and oxygen or another oxidizing agent.

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SEC. 2.  

Section 17053.55 is added to the Revenue and Taxation
25Code
, to read:

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17053.55.  

(a) For the taxable years beginning on or after
27January 1, 2016, and before January 1, 2017, there shall be allowed
28to a qualified grant recipient a credit against the “net tax,” as
29defined in Section 17039, for the taxable year, in an amount equal
30to the sum of sales tax reimbursements and use taxes previously
31paid during the period from January 1, 2014, to January 1, 2017,
32by the qualified grant recipient for hydrogen station refueling
33equipment that is placed in service during that period.

34(b) For the purposes of this section, the terms “qualified grant
35recipient” and “hydrogen station refueling equipment” have the
36same meanings as specified in Section 6377.5.

37(c) In the case of a pass-thru entity, a credit under this section
38shall be allowed to the pass-thru entity and passed through to the
39partners or shareholders in accordance with the applicable
P4    1provisions of this part. As used in this subdivision, “pass-thru
2entity” means any partnership or “S” corporation.

3(d) If a credit otherwise allowed by this section exceeds the “net
4tax” for the taxable year, that portion of the credit that exceeds the
5“net tax” may be carried over and added to the credit in the
6succeeding taxable years, if necessary, until the credit is exhausted.

7(e) The Franchise Tax Board may prescribe rules, guidelines,
8or procedures necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes
9of this section. Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of
10Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code shall not
11apply to any rule, guideline, or procedure prescribed by the
12Franchise Tax Board pursuant to this section.

13(f) Section 41 does not apply to the credit allowed by this
14section.

15(g) This section shall remain in effect only until December 1,
162017, and as of that date is repealed.

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SEC. 3.  

Section 23655 is added to the Revenue and Taxation
18Code
, to read:

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23655.  

(a) For the taxable years beginning on or after January
201, 2016, and before January 1, 2017, there shall be allowed to a
21qualified grant recipient a credit against the “tax,” as defined in
22Section 23036, for the taxable year in an amount equal to the sum
23of sales tax reimbursements and use taxes previously paid during
24the period from January 1, 2014, to January 1, 2017, by the
25qualified grant recipient for hydrogen station refueling equipment
26that is placed in service during that period.

27(b) For the purposes of this section, the terms “qualified grant
28recipient” and “hydrogen station refueling equipment” have the
29same meanings as specified in Section 6377.5.

30(c) In the case of a pass-thru entity, a credit under this section
31shall be allowed to the pass-thru entity and passed through to the
32partners or shareholders in accordance with the applicable
33provisions of this part. As used in this subdivision, “pass-thru
34entity” means any partnership.

35(d) If a credit otherwise allowed by this section exceeds the
36“tax” for the taxable year, that portion of the credit that exceeds
37the “tax” may be carried over and added to the credit in the
38succeeding taxable years, if necessary, until the credit is exhausted.

39(e) The Franchise Tax Board may prescribe rules, guidelines,
40or procedures necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes
P5    1of this section. Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of
2Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code shall not
3apply to any rule, guideline, or procedure prescribed by the
4Franchise Tax Board pursuant to this section.

5(f) Section 41 does not apply to the credit allowed by this
6section.

7(g) This section shall remain in effect only until December 1,
82017, and as of that date is repealed.

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SEC. 4.  

Notwithstanding Section 2230 of the Revenue and
10Taxation Code, no appropriation is made by this act and the state
11shall not reimburse any local agency for any sales and use tax
12revenues lost by it under this act.

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SEC. 5.  

This act provides for a tax levy within the meaning of
14Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into immediate effect.



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