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Bill S2989B-2011

Provides a tax credit for farmers who use qualified biodiesel fuel for the sole operation of their farm equipment

Provides a tax credit for farmers who use qualified biodiesel fuel for the sole operation of their farm equipment.

Details

Actions

  • May 22, 2012: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • May 16, 2012: PRINT NUMBER 2989B
  • May 16, 2012: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • Jan 25, 2012: PRINT NUMBER 2989A
  • Jan 25, 2012: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • Feb 4, 2011: REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

Meetings

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Investigations and Government Operations - May 22, 2012
Ayes (6): Marcellino, Alesi, Golden, Nozzolio, Zeldin, Diaz
Ayes W/R (2): Squadron, Peralta

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2989B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the tax law, in relation to providing a tax credit to farmers who purchase biodiesel fuel for the operation of their farm equipment

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To create incentives for farmers to use homegrown biodiesel for operation of their farm equipment rather than petro-gas.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 and 2: Establishes a tax credit of $0.01 per percent of biodiesel per gallon, not to exceed twenty cents per gallon purchased by a taxpayer that is principally engaged in farming.

(b) - Defines Biodiesel and Qualified Biodiesel

(c) - Establishes the application of the credit.

Section 3: is the Effective Date

JUSTIFICATION: Studies have shown that diesel fumes contain particulate matter which can trigger asthma attacks and other respiratory ailments in children and that levels of diesel fumes are up to four times greater inside a bus than ambient levels. Diesel exhaust is classified as a probable human carcinogen by many government authorities including the state attorney general. In addition, dark particles from diesel fuel have been found embedded in glacial ice contributing to rapid melting of polar ice. By giving incentives to farmers to use biodiesel it encourages responsible farming and allows farmers an economic incentive to use such products.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 06/01/07 Referred to Ways and Means 01/09/08 Referred to Ways and Means 06/19/08 Held for Consideration in Ways and Means 05/06/10 Referred to Investigations and Government Operations

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Loss of sales tax revenue.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2989--B 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 4, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern- ment Operations -- recommitted to the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the tax law, in relation to providing a tax credit to farmers who purchase biodiesel fuel for the operation of their farm equipment THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 210 of the tax law is amended by adding a new subdivision 45 to read as follows: 45. CREDIT FOR BIODIESEL FUEL USED IN FARMING EQUIPMENT. (A) ALLOW- ANCE OF CREDIT. A TAXPAYER THAT IS A BUSINESS PRINCIPALLY ENGAGED IN FARMING, AS SUCH TERM IS DEFINED IN PARAGRAPH NINETEEN OF SUBDIVISION (B) OF SECTION ELEVEN HUNDRED ONE OF THIS CHAPTER SHALL BE ALLOWED A CREDIT AGAINST THE TAX IMPOSED BY THIS ARTICLE FOR THE PURCHASE OF QUALIFIED BIODIESEL FUEL TO BE USED IN FARMING EQUIPMENT IN THIS STATE. SUCH CREDIT SHALL BE $0.01 PER PERCENT OF BIODIESEL PER GALLON OF QUALI- FIED BIODIESEL FUEL, NOT TO EXCEED TWENTY CENTS PER GALLON, PURCHASED BY SUCH TAXPAYER DURING THE TAXABLE YEAR AND USED IN FARMING EQUIPMENT. (B) FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE FOLLOWING DEFINITIONS SHALL APPLY: (1) "BIODIESEL" SHALL MEAN A FUEL COMPRISED EXCLUSIVELY OF MONOALKYL ESTERS OF LONG CHAIN FATTY ACIDS DERIVED FROM VEGETABLE OILS OR ANIMAL FATS, DESIGNATED B100, WHICH MEETS THE SPECIFICATIONS OF AMERICAN SOCIE- TY OF TESTING AND MATERIALS DESIGNATION D 6751. (2) "QUALIFIED BIODIESEL" SHALL MEAN A FUEL THAT IS A MIXTURE OF BIOD- IESEL AND DIESEL MOTOR FUEL.
(C) APPLICATION OF CREDIT. IF THE AMOUNT OF THE CREDIT ALLOWED UNDER THIS SUBDIVISION FOR ANY TAXABLE YEAR SHALL EXCEED THE TAXPAYER'S TAX FOR SUCH YEAR, THE EXCESS SHALL BE TREATED AS AN OVERPAYMENT OF TAX TO BE CREDITED OR REFUNDED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION ONE THOUSAND EIGHTY-SIX OF THIS CHAPTER, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT NO INTEREST SHALL BE PAID ON SUCH REFUND, NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF SUBSECTION (C) OF SECTION ONE THOUSAND EIGHTY-EIGHT OF THIS CHAPTER. S 2. Section 606 of the tax law is amended by adding a new subsection (uu) to read as follows: (UU) CREDIT FOR BIODIESEL FUEL USED IN FARMING EQUIPMENT. (1) ALLOW- ANCE OF CREDIT. A TAXPAYER WHOSE FEDERAL GROSS INCOME FROM FARMING FOR THE TAXABLE YEAR IS AT LEAST TWO-THIRDS OF EXCESS FEDERAL GROSS INCOME SHALL BE ALLOWED A CREDIT AGAINST THE TAX IMPOSED BY THIS ARTICLE FOR THE PURCHASE OF QUALIFIED BIODIESEL FUEL TO BE USED IN FARMING EQUIPMENT IN THIS STATE. SUCH CREDIT SHALL BE $0.01 PER PERCENT OF BIODIESEL PER GALLON OF QUALIFIED BIODIESEL FUEL, NOT TO EXCEED TWENTY CENTS PER GALLON, PURCHASED BY SUCH TAXPAYER DURING THE TAXABLE YEAR AND USED IN FARMING EQUIPMENT. (2) DEFINITIONS. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBSECTION, THE FOLLOWING DEFI- NITIONS SHALL APPLY: (A) "EXCESS FEDERAL GROSS INCOME" MEANS THE AMOUNT OF FEDERAL GROSS INCOME FROM ALL SOURCES FOR THE TAXABLE YEAR REDUCED BY THE SUM (NOT TO EXCEED THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS) OF THOSE ITEMS INCLUDED IN FEDERAL GROSS INCOME WHICH CONSIST OF (I) EARNED INCOME, (II) PENSION PAYMENTS, INCLUDING SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS, (III) INTEREST, AND (IV) DIVIDENDS. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS PARAGRAPH, THE TERM "EARNED INCOME" SHALL MEAN WAGES, SALARIES, TIPS AND OTHER EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION, AND THOSE ITEMS OF GROSS INCOME WHICH ARE INCLUDIBLE IN THE COMPUTATION OF NET EARNINGS FROM SELF-EMPLOYMENT. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS PARAGRAPH, PAYMENTS FROM THE STATE'S FARMLAND PROTECTION PROGRAM, ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS, SHALL BE INCLUDED AS FEDERAL GROSS INCOME FROM FARMING. (B) "BIODIESEL" MEANS A FUEL COMPRISED EXCLUSIVELY OF MONOALKYL ESTERS OF LONG CHAIN FATTY ACIDS DERIVED FROM VEGETABLE OILS OR ANIMAL FATS, DESIGNATED B100, WHICH MEETS THE SPECIFICATIONS OF AMERICAN SOCIETY OF TESTING AND MATERIALS DESIGNATION D 6751. (C) "QUALIFIED BIODIESEL" MEANS A FUEL THAT IS A MIXTURE OF BIODIESEL AND DIESEL MOTOR FUEL. (3) APPLICATION OF CREDIT. IF THE AMOUNT OF THE CREDIT ALLOWED UNDER THIS SUBSECTION FOR ANY TAXABLE YEAR SHALL EXCEED THE TAXPAYER'S TAX FOR SUCH YEAR, THE EXCESS SHALL BE TREATED AS AN OVERPAYMENT OF TAX TO BE CREDITED OR REFUNDED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION SIX HUNDRED EIGHTY-SIX OF THIS ARTICLE, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT NO INTEREST SHALL BE PAID THEREON. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2013.

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