Florida Senate - 2014 SB 1600 By Senator Soto 14-01337-14 20141600__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to a small business tax credit; 3 creating s. 220.197, F.S.; defining the term “new 4 small business”; providing a tax credit to new small 5 businesses in a specified amount; requiring new small 6 businesses to apply to the Department of Revenue for 7 tax credit approval; providing application 8 requirements; authorizing a new small business to 9 reapply if an application is deemed insufficient; 10 limiting the amount of tax credits that a new small 11 business may receive; authorizing a new small business 12 to use the remaining amount of tax credit that is 13 greater than can be taken on a single tax return on 14 future tax returns; providing an effective date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Section 220.197, Florida Statutes, is created to 19 read: 20 220.197 Small business tax credit.— 21 (1) As used in this section, the term “new small business” 22 means a sole proprietorship, firm, partnership, or corporation 23 located in this state that employs fewer than 15 employees and 24 that has been in operation for 24 months or less. 25 (2) A new small business may apply for a tax credit under 26 this section at any time, but only once during its first 24 27 months of operation. The new small business shall receive a 28 $1,500 tax credit for each employee, which may be taken against 29 the tax remitted under this chapter. 30 (3) In order to claim a credit under this section, a new 31 small business must apply to the department for approval. Each 32 application for a credit must include all information required 33 to verify the business’s status as a new small business and any 34 other information required by the department. 35 (4) If an application is deemed insufficient to support the 36 credit authorized in this section, the department shall notify 37 the business of the insufficiency. The business may reapply for 38 the credit at any time after receiving such notice. 39 (5) A new small business may not receive tax credits under 40 this section in excess of $21,000. 41 (6) If the credit under this section is greater than can be 42 taken on a single tax return, excess amounts may be taken as 43 credits on any tax return submitted within 12 months after the 44 approval of the application by the department. 45 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.