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HB 1220 Research and development, qualified; increases amount of tax credit for expenses.
SUMMARY AS PASSED HOUSE: (all summaries)
Research and development expenses tax credit. Increases beginning with taxable year 2014 the amount of the credit allowed from 15 percent of the first $167,000 to 15 percent of the first $234,000 of Virginia qualified research and development expenses, and from 20 percent of the first $175,000 to 20 percent of the first $234,000 of Virginia qualified research and development expenses conducted in conjunction with a Virginia institution of higher education. The bill increases the maximum annual amount of tax credits that may be issued each fiscal year from $5 million to $6 million. The bill allows a pass-through entity to elect to receive and claim any credit at the pass-through entity level in lieu of the credit being allocated to the individual partners, members, or shareholders of the pass-through entity. Finally, the bill requires any taxpayer applying for the credit to provide information to the Department of Taxation relating to the number of full-time employees of the taxpayer; the taxpayer's industry sector; the area, discipline, or field of Virginia qualified research performed by the taxpayer; the taxpayer's total gross receipts for the relevant taxable year; and whether the qualified research was performed in conjunction with a Virginia institution of higher education. Further, regardless of how few taxpayers take the credit, the Department, upon request by the General Assembly or any duly constituted committee of the General Assembly, must disclose the total aggregate amount of credits under § 58.1-439.12:08 taken by all taxpayers. This bill is identical to SB 623.