WEST virginia legislature
2021 regular session
House Bill 2794
By Delegates Storch, Westfall, Gearhart, Criss, Howell, Capito, Householder, Anderson, Ellington, Statler and Rohrbach
[Introduced March 01, 2021; Referred to the Committee on Finance]
A BILL to amend and reenact §11-13J-6, §11-13J-8, and §11-13J-12 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to extending the Neighborhood Investment Program Act; increasing the aggregate limit for the tax credit authorized under the program; and extending duration of the program until July 1, 2026.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 13J. NEIGHBORHOOD INVESTMENT PROGRAM.
§11-13J-6. Application of annual credit allowance.
(a) In general. — The aggregate annual credit allowance for a current tax year is an amount equal to the sum of the following:
(1) The portion allowed under §11-13J-5 of this code for an eligible contribution placed into service or use during a prior tax year; plus
(2) The portion allowed under §11-13J-5 of this code for an eligible contribution placed into service or use during the current tax year.
(b) Application of credit allowance. — The amount determined under subsection (a) of this section shall be allowed as a credit for tax years ending on and after July 1, 1996, as follows:
(1) Business franchise taxes. —
The amount determined under subsection (a) of this section shall be applied to reduce up to 50 percent of the taxes imposed by §11-23-1 et seq. of this code for the tax year determined after application of the credits against tax provided in §11-23-17 of this code, but before application of any other allowable credits against tax.
(2) Corporation net income taxes. — After application of subdivision (1) of this subsection, any unused credit shall next be applied to reduce up to 50 percent of the taxes imposed by §11-24-1 et seq. of this code, for the tax year determined before application of allowable credits against tax.
(3) Personal income taxes. —
(A) If the eligible taxpayer is an electing small business corporation as defined in Section 1361 of the United States Internal Revenue Code, a limited liability company treated as a partnership for purposes of the federal income tax, a partnership or a sole proprietorship, then any unused credit, after application of subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection, shall be allowed as a credit against up to 50 percent of the taxes imposed by §11-21-1 et seq. of this code on income of proprietors, partners or shareholders, subject to the limitations set forth in paragraphs (B) and (C) of this subdivision.
(B) Electing small business corporations, partnerships and other unincorporated organizations shall allocate the credit allowed by this article among the members thereof in the same manner as profits and losses are allocated for the tax year.
(C) Any taxpayer subject to the personal income tax under §11-21-1 et seq. of this code, who makes an eligible contribution to a qualified charitable organization and receives back from that organization a properly completed neighborhood investment program tax credit voucher, is eligible to claim the credit. The credit shall be allowed without regard to the source of that income, whether it is from wages, passive investment or retirement income, income from a trade or business or any other source.
(c) Unused credit
forfeited. — If any credit to an eligible taxpayer remains after
application of subsections (a) and (b) of this section, the amount thereof may
be carried forward no more than four years from the tax year in which the
contribution was made. Unused credits of an eligible taxpayer may not be
carried forward beyond the time limits imposed under §11-13J-5 of this code and
the total maximum aggregate tax credits certified in any state fiscal year may
(d) Addition of deductions, decreasing adjustments or decreasing modifications taken in determining taxable income for which credit is taken. — Any deduction, decreasing adjustment or decreasing modification taken by any taxpayer in determining federal taxable income which affects West Virginia taxable income or in determining West Virginia taxable income under §11-21-1 et seq. or §11-24-1 et seq. of this code for the taxable year for any charitable contribution, or payment or portion thereof, which qualifies as an eligible contribution under this article and for which credit is claimed, shall be added to West Virginia taxable income in determining the tax liability of the taxpayer §11-21-1 et seq. or §11-24-1 et seq. of this code, as appropriate, before application of the credit allowed under this article for the taxable year.
(e) Annual limit. –- The aggregate annual credit allowance to any taxpayer may not exceed $100,000 in any tax year.
§11-13J-8. Total maximum aggregate tax credit amount.
(a) The amount of all
tax credits allowed under this article may not exceed
in any state fiscal year.
(b) Applications for project certification shall be filed with the West Virginia Development Office. The West Virginia Development Office shall record the date each application is filed. All complete and valid applications shall be considered for approval or disapproval in a timely manner by the neighborhood assistance advisory board. The board may, in its discretion, consider applications for approval or disapproval at special or interim meetings for expedited processing.
(c) When the total amount of tax credits certified under this article equals the maximum amount of tax credits allowed, as specified in subsection (a) of this section, in any state fiscal year, no further certifications shall be issued in that same fiscal year. Upon approval of a project by the board, the Director of the West Virginia Development Office shall certify the approved project unless certification is prohibited by the limitations and requirements set forth in this article.
(d) All applications filed in any state fiscal year and not certified during the state fiscal year in which they are filed shall be null and void by operation of law on the last day of the state fiscal year in which they are filed, and all applicants which elect to seek certification of a project plan shall file anew on and after the first day of the succeeding state fiscal year.
§11-13J-12. Program evaluation; expiration of credit; preservation of entitlement.
Beginning on December 15,
2005, and every third year thereafter, the director shall secure an independent
review of the Neighborhood Investment Program created by this article and
present the findings to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance. Unless
sooner terminated by law, the Neighborhood Investment Program Act terminates on
2021 2026. There is no entitlement to the tax credit
under this article for a contribution made to a certified project after July 1,
2021 2026, and no credit is available to any taxpayer for any
contribution made after that date. Taxpayers which have gained entitlement to
the credit pursuant to eligible contributions made to certified projects prior
to July 1, 2021 2026, shall retain that entitlement and apply the
credit in due course pursuant to the requirements and limitations of this
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to extend the Neighborhood Investment Program Act to July 1, 2026 and to increase the program’s aggregate limit for the tax credit from $3,000,000 to §5,000,000.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.