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(35 ILCS 25/) Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit Act.

35 ILCS 25/1

    (35 ILCS 25/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-888, eff. 4-13-10.)

35 ILCS 25/5

    (35 ILCS 25/5)
    Sec. 5. Findings and purpose. The General Assembly finds that the Illinois economy is mired in one of the worst economic recessions it has ever suffered. Small businesses in particular have been hit hard by the economy, resulting in levels of high unemployment throughout the State. In order to reverse the trend of high unemployment and to help spur the economy to recovery, it is necessary to assist and encourage small businesses in the hiring of new employees.
(Source: P.A. 96-888, eff. 4-13-10.)

35 ILCS 25/10

    (35 ILCS 25/10)
    Sec. 10. Definitions. In this Act:
    "Applicant" means a person that is operating a business located within the State of Illinois that is engaged in interstate or intrastate commerce and either:
        (1) has no more than 50 full-time employees, without
    
regard to the location of employment of such employees at the beginning of the incentive period; or
        (2) hired within the incentive period an employee who
    
had participated as worker-trainee in the Put Illinois to Work Program during 2010.
    In the case of any person that is a member of a unitary business group within the meaning of subdivision (a)(27) of Section 1501 of the Illinois Income Tax Act, "applicant" refers to the unitary business group.
    "Certificate" means the tax credit certificate issued by the Department under Section 35 of this Act.
    "Certificate of eligibility" means the certificate issued by the Department under Section 20 of this Act.
    "Credit" means the amount awarded by the Department to an applicant by issuance of a certificate under Section 35 of this Act for each new full-time equivalent employee hired or job created.
    "Department" means the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
    "Director" means the Director of the Department.
    "Full-time employee" means an individual who is employed for a basic wage for at least 35 hours each week or who renders any other standard of service generally accepted by industry custom or practice as full-time employment. An individual for whom a W-2 is issued by a Professional Employer Organization is a full-time employee if he or she is employed in the service of the applicant for a basic wage for at least 35 hours each week or renders any other standard of service generally accepted by industry custom or practice as full-time employment. For the purposes of this Act, such an individual shall be considered a full-time employee of the applicant.
    "Professional Employer Organization" (PEO) shall have the same meaning as defined in Section 5-5 of the Economic Development for a Growing Economy Tax Credit Act. As used in this Section, "Professional Employer Organization" does not include a day and temporary labor service agency regulated under the Day and Temporary Labor Services Act.
    "Incentive period" means the period beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30 of the following year. The first incentive period shall begin on July 1, 2010 and the last incentive period shall end on June 30, 2016.
    "Basic wage" means compensation for employment that is no less than $10 per hour or the equivalent salary for a new employee.
    "New employee" means a full-time employee:
        (1) who first became employed by an applicant with
    
less than 50 full-time employees within the incentive period whose hire results in a net increase in the applicant's full-time Illinois employees and who is receiving a basic wage as compensation; or
        (2) who participated as a worker-trainee in the Put
    
Illinois to Work Program during 2010 and who is subsequently hired during the incentive period by an applicant and who is receiving a basic wage as compensation.
    The term "new employee" does not include:
        (1) a person who was previously employed in Illinois
    
by the applicant or a related member prior to the onset of the incentive period; or
        (2) any individual who has a direct or indirect
    
ownership interest of at least 5% in the profits, capital, or value of the applicant or a related member.
    "Noncompliance date" means, in the case of an applicant that is not complying with the requirements of the provisions of this Act, the day following the last date upon which the taxpayer was in compliance with the requirements of the provisions of this Act, as determined by the Director, pursuant to Section 45 of this Act.
    "Put Illinois to Work Program" means a worker training and employment program that was established by the State of Illinois with funding from the United States Department of Health and Human Services of Emergency Temporary Assistance to Needy Families funds authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA TANF Funds). These ARRA TANF funds were in turn used by the State of Illinois to fund the Put Illinois to Work Program.
    "Related member" means a person that, with respect to the applicant during any portion of the incentive period, is any one of the following,
        (1) An individual, if the individual and the members
    
of the individual's family (as defined in Section 318 of the Internal Revenue Code) own directly, indirectly, beneficially, or constructively, in the aggregate, at least 50% of the value of the outstanding profits, capital, stock, or other ownership interest in the applicant.
        (2) A partnership, estate, or trust and any partner
    
or beneficiary, if the partnership, estate, or trust and its partners or beneficiaries own directly, indirectly, beneficially, or constructively, in the aggregate, at least 50% of the profits, capital, stock, or other ownership interest in the applicant.
        (3) A corporation, and any party related to the
    
corporation in a manner that would require an attribution of stock from the corporation under the attribution rules of Section 318 of the Internal Revenue Code, if the applicant and any other related member own, in the aggregate, directly, indirectly, beneficially, or constructively, at least 50% of the value of the corporation's outstanding stock.
        (4) A corporation and any party related to that
    
corporation in a manner that would require an attribution of stock from the corporation to the party or from the party to the corporation under the attribution rules of Section 318 of the Internal Revenue Code, if the corporation and all such related parties own, in the aggregate, at least 50% of the profits, capital, stock, or other ownership interest in the applicant.
        (5) A person to or from whom there is attribution of
    
stock ownership in accordance with Section 1563(e) of the Internal Revenue Code, except that for purposes of determining whether a person is a related member under this paragraph, "20%" shall be substituted for "5%" whenever "5%" appears in Section 1563(e) of the Internal Revenue Code.
(Source: P.A. 96-888, eff. 4-13-10; 96-1498, eff. 1-18-11; 97-636, eff. 6-1-12; 97-1052, eff. 8-23-12.)

35 ILCS 25/15

    (35 ILCS 25/15)
    Sec. 15. Powers of the Department. The Department, in addition to those powers granted under the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, is granted and shall have all the powers necessary or convenient to carry out and effectuate the purposes and provisions of this Act, including, but not limited to, power and authority to:
        (1) Promulgate procedures, rules, or regulations
    
deemed necessary and appropriate for the administration of this Act; establish forms for applications, notifications, contracts, or any other agreements; and accept applications at any time during the year and require that all applications be submitted via the Internet. The Department shall require that applications be submitted in electronic form.
        (2) Provide guidance and assistance to applicants
    
pursuant to the provisions of this Act, and cooperate with applicants to promote, foster, and support job creation within the State.
        (3) Enter into agreements and memoranda of
    
understanding for participation of and engage in cooperation with agencies of the federal government, units of local government, universities, research foundations or institutions, regional economic development corporations, or other organizations for the purposes of this Act.
        (4) Gather information and conduct inquiries, in the
    
manner and by the methods it deems desirable, including, without limitation, gathering information with respect to applicants for the purpose of making any designations or certifications necessary or desirable or to gather information in furtherance of the purposes of this Act.
        (5) Establish, negotiate, and effectuate any term,
    
agreement, or other document with any person necessary or appropriate to accomplish the purposes of this Act; and consent, subject to the provisions of any agreement with another party, to the modification or restructuring of any agreement to which the Department is a party.
        (6) Provide for sufficient personnel to permit
    
administration, staffing, operation, and related support required to adequately discharge its duties and responsibilities described in this Act from funds made available through charges to applicants or from funds as may be appropriated by the General Assembly for the administration of this Act.
        (7) Require applicants, upon written request, to
    
issue any necessary authorization to the appropriate federal, State, or local authority or any other person for the release to the Department of information requested by the Department, with the information requested to include, but not be limited to, financial reports, returns, or records relating to the applicant or to the amount of credit allowable under this Act.
        (8) Require that an applicant shall at all times keep
    
proper books of record and account in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles consistently applied, with the books, records, or papers related to the agreement in the custody or control of the applicant open for reasonable Department inspection and audits, and including, without limitation, the making of copies of the books, records, or papers.
        (9) Take whatever actions are necessary or
    
appropriate to protect the State's interest in the event of bankruptcy, default, foreclosure, or noncompliance with the terms and conditions of financial assistance or participation required under this Act, including the power to sell, dispose of, lease, or rent, upon terms and conditions determined by the Director to be appropriate, real or personal property that the Department may recover as a result of these actions.
(Source: P.A. 96-888, eff. 4-13-10.)

35 ILCS 25/20

    (35 ILCS 25/20)
    Sec. 20. Certificate of eligibility for tax credit.
    (a) An applicant that has hired a new employee during the incentive period may apply for a certificate of eligibility for the credit with respect to that position on or after the date of hire of the new employee. The date of hire shall be the first day on which the employee begins providing services for basic wage compensation.
    (b) An applicant may apply for a certificate of eligibility for the credit for more than one new employee on or after the date of hire of each qualifying new employee.
    (c) After receipt of an application under this Section, the Department shall issue a certificate of eligibility to the applicant, stating:
        (1) The date and time on which the application was
    
received by the Department and an identifying number assigned to the applicant by the Department.
        (2) The maximum amount of the credit the applicant
    
could potentially receive under this Act with respect to the new employees listed on the application.
        (3) The maximum amount of the credit potentially
    
allowable on certificates of eligibility issued for applications received prior to the application for which the certificate of eligibility is issued.
(Source: P.A. 96-888, eff. 4-13-10.)

35 ILCS 25/25

    (35 ILCS 25/25)
    Sec. 25. Tax credit.
    (a) Subject to the conditions set forth in this Act, an applicant is entitled to a credit against payment of taxes withheld under Section 704A of the Illinois Income Tax Act:
        (1) for new employees who participated as
    
worker-trainees in the Put Illinois to Work Program during 2010:
            (A) in the first calendar year ending on or after
        
the date that is 6 months after December 31, 2010, or the date of hire, whichever is later. Under this subparagraph, the applicant is entitled to one-half of the credit allowable for each new employee who is employed for at least 6 months after the date of hire; and
            (B) in the first calendar year ending on or after
        
the date that is 12 months after December 31, 2010, or the date of hire, whichever is later. Under this subparagraph, the applicant is entitled to one-half of the credit allowable for each new employee who is employed for at least 12 months after the date of hire;
         (2) for all other new employees, in the first
    
calendar year ending on or after the date that is 12 months after the date of hire of a new employee. The credit shall be allowed as a credit to an applicant for each full-time employee hired during the incentive period that results in a net increase in full-time Illinois employees, where the net increase in the employer's full-time Illinois employees is maintained for at least 12 months.
    (b) The Department shall make credit awards under this Act to further job creation.
    (c) The credit shall be claimed for the first calendar year ending on or after the date on which the certificate is issued by the Department.
    (d) The credit shall not exceed $2,500 per new employee hired.
    (e) The net increase in full-time Illinois employees, measured on an annual full-time equivalent basis, shall be the total number of full-time Illinois employees of the applicant on the final day of the incentive period, minus the number of full-time Illinois employees employed by the employer on the first day of that same incentive period. For purposes of the calculation, an employer that begins doing business in this State during the incentive period, as determined by the Director, shall be treated as having zero Illinois employees on the first day of the incentive period.
    (f) The net increase in the number of full-time Illinois employees of the applicant under subsection (e) must be sustained continuously for at least 12 months, starting with the date of hire of a new employee during the incentive period. Eligibility for the credit does not depend on the continuous employment of any particular individual. For purposes of this subsection (f), if a new employee ceases to be employed before the completion of the 12-month period for any reason, the net increase in the number of full-time Illinois employees shall be treated as continuous if a different new employee is hired as a replacement within a reasonable time for the same position.
    (g) The Department shall promulgate rules to enable an applicant for which a PEO has been contracted to issue W-2s and make payment of taxes withheld under Section 704A of the Illinois Income Tax Act for new employees to retain the benefit of tax credits to which the applicant is otherwise entitled under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-888, eff. 4-13-10; 96-1498, eff. 1-18-11; 97-636, eff. 6-1-12; 97-1052, eff. 8-23-12.)

35 ILCS 25/30

    (35 ILCS 25/30)
    Sec. 30. Maximum amount of credits allowed. The Department shall limit the monetary amount of credits awarded under this Act to no more than $50,000,000. If applications for a greater amount are received, credits shall be allowed on a first-come-first-served basis, based on the date on which each properly completed application for a certificate of eligibility is received by the Department. If more than one certificate of eligibility is received on the same day, the credits will be awarded based on the time of submission for that particular day.
(Source: P.A. 96-888, eff. 4-13-10.)

35 ILCS 25/35

    (35 ILCS 25/35)
    Sec. 35. Application for award of tax credit; tax credit certificate.
    (a) On or after the conclusion of the 12-month period (or 6-month period, for purposes of subparagraph (A) of item (1) of subsection (a) of Section 25) after a new employee has been hired, an applicant shall file with the Department an application for award of a credit. The application shall include the following:
        (1) The names, Social Security numbers, job
    
descriptions, salary or wage rates, and dates of hire of the new employees with respect to whom the credit is being requested, and an indication of whether each new employee listed participated as a worker-trainee in the Put Illinois to Work Program.
        (2) A certification that each new employee listed has
    
been retained on the job for one year (or 6 months, for purposes of subparagraph (A) of item (1) of subsection (a) of Section 25) from the date of hire.
        (3) The number of new employees hired by the
    
applicant during the incentive period.
        (4) The net increase in the number of full-time
    
Illinois employees of the applicant (including the new employees listed in the request) between the beginning of the incentive period and the dates on which the new employees listed in the request were hired. This requirement does not apply for tax credits the applicant is seeking because the new employee had participated as a worker-trainee in the Put Illinois to Work Program.
        (5) An agreement that the Director is authorized to
    
verify with the appropriate State agencies the information contained in the request before issuing a certificate to the applicant.
        (6) Any other information the Department determines
    
to be appropriate.
    (b) Although an application may be filed at any time after the conclusion of the 12-month period (or 6-month period, for purposes of subparagraph (A) of item (1) of subsection (a) of Section 25) after a new employee was hired, an application filed more than 90 days after the earliest date on which it could have been filed shall not be awarded any credit if, prior to the date it is filed, the Department has received applications under this Section for credits totaling more than $50,000,000.
    (c) The Department shall issue a certificate to each applicant awarded a credit under this Act. The certificate shall include the following:
        (1) The name and taxpayer identification number of
    
the applicant.
        (2) The date on which the certificate is issued.
        (3) The credit amount that will be allowed.
        (4) Any other information the Department determines
    
to be appropriate.
(Source: P.A. 96-888, eff. 4-13-10; 96-1498, eff. 1-18-11.)

35 ILCS 25/40

    (35 ILCS 25/40)
    Sec. 40. Submission of tax credit certificate to Department of Revenue. An applicant claiming a credit under this Act shall submit to the Department of Revenue a copy of each certificate issued under Section 35 of this Act with the first return for which the credit shown on the certificate is claimed. However, failure to submit a copy of the certificate with the applicant's return shall not invalidate a claim for a credit.
(Source: P.A. 96-888, eff. 4-13-10.)

35 ILCS 25/45

    (35 ILCS 25/45)
    Sec. 45. Noncompliance with Act. If the Director determines that an applicant who has received a credit under this Act is not complying with the requirements of the provisions of this Act, the Director shall provide notice to the applicant of the alleged noncompliance, and allow the taxpayer a hearing under the provisions of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. If, after such notice and any hearing, the Director determines that a noncompliance exists, the Director shall issue to the Department of Revenue notice to that effect, stating the noncompliance date.
(Source: P.A. 96-888, eff. 4-13-10.)

35 ILCS 25/50

    (35 ILCS 25/50)
    Sec. 50. Rules. The Department may adopt rules necessary to implement this Act. The rules may provide for recipients of credits under this Act to be charged fees to cover administrative costs of the tax credit program.
(Source: P.A. 96-888, eff. 4-13-10.)

35 ILCS 25/90

    (35 ILCS 25/90)
    Sec. 90. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 96-888, eff. 4-13-10; text omitted.)

35 ILCS 25/999

    (35 ILCS 25/999)
    Sec. 999. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 96-888, eff. 4-13-10.)