Florida Senate - 2020 SB 654 By Senator Lee 20-00318-20 2020654__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to a sales tax refund for eligible job 3 training organizations; creating s. 212.094, F.S.; 4 defining terms; providing a sales tax refund for 5 eligible job training organizations; specifying the 6 percentage of sales tax remitted on certain sales 7 which may be refunded to such organizations; limiting 8 the use of the refund by such organizations to certain 9 purposes; specifying an annual limit on refunds issued 10 by the Department of Revenue and the priority of 11 granting refunds; specifying requirements and 12 procedures for applying for certification with and 13 approving certification by the Department of Economic 14 Opportunity; specifying requirements and procedures 15 for applying for the refund with the Department of 16 Revenue; providing construction; requiring 17 organizations receiving refunds to provide specified 18 reports to the Department of Economic Opportunity; 19 authorizing the Department of Economic Opportunity to 20 adopt rules; providing requirements and procedures 21 relating to ineligible organizations; authorizing the 22 Department of Revenue to adopt emergency rules; 23 providing for expiration of the authorization; 24 providing effective dates. 25 26 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 27 28 Section 1. Effective July 1, 2020, section 212.094, Florida 29 Statutes, is created to read: 30 212.094 Sales tax refund for eligible job training 31 organizations.— 32 (1) As used in this section, the term: 33 (a) “Eligible job training organization” means an 34 organization that: 35 1. Is an exempt organization under s. 501(c)(3) of the 36 Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended; 37 2. Provides job training and employment services to low 38 income persons as defined in s. 420.0004, individuals who have 39 workplace disadvantages, or individuals with barriers to 40 employment; and 41 3. Is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of 42 Rehabilitation Facilities. 43 (b) “Growth in employment hours” means the growth in the 44 number of hours worked by employees at an eligible job training 45 organization in the most recently completed state fiscal year, 46 compared to the number of hours worked by employees at the 47 eligible job training organization in the state fiscal year 48 immediately before the most recently completed state fiscal 49 year. 50 (c) “Job training and employment services” means programs 51 and services that are provided to improve job readiness, to 52 assist workers in gaining employment and adapting to the 53 changing labor market, and to help workers achieve success 54 through self-sufficiency. 55 (2) An eligible job training organization is entitled to a 56 refund of 10 percent of the sales tax remitted to the department 57 during the most recently completed state fiscal year on its 58 sales of goods donated to the organization. The organization 59 must reserve the refund exclusively for use in any of the 60 following: 61 (a) Growth in employment hours. 62 (b) Job training and employment services to low-income 63 persons as defined in s. 420.0004, individuals who have 64 workplace disadvantages, and individuals with barriers to 65 employment. 66 (c) Job training and employment services for veterans. 67 (3) The total amount of refunds that the department may 68 issue under this section may not exceed $2 million in any state 69 fiscal year. Refunds must be granted on a first-come, first 70 served basis. 71 (4) An organization seeking a refund under this section 72 must first submit an application to the Department of Economic 73 Opportunity by July 15 which sets forth that the organization 74 meets the requirements under paragraph (1)(a) and that the 75 refund will be used exclusively for the purposes listed in 76 subsection (2). The organization must submit supporting 77 information as prescribed by the Department of Economic 78 Opportunity by rule. 79 (5)(a) The Department of Economic Opportunity shall verify 80 the application and notify the organization of its determination 81 within 15 days after receiving a complete application. The 82 Department of Economic Opportunity shall communicate its 83 decision in writing or, if agreed to by the applicant, via e 84 mail. 85 (b) If the Department of Economic Opportunity approves the 86 application, the notice sent to the eligible job training 87 organization must include a certification that the organization 88 is eligible to receive a refund of certain sales and use tax 89 remitted under this chapter. The Department of Economic 90 Opportunity shall transmit a copy of the notice and 91 certification, if applicable, to the department. 92 (c) Upon the Department of Economic Opportunity’s issuance 93 of a certification, the certification remains valid so long as 94 the eligible job training organization is in compliance with the 95 requirements of this section. 96 (6) An eligible job training organization certified under 97 this section must apply to the department between August 1 and 98 August 31 of each year to receive a refund. A copy of the 99 certification must be included in an eligible job training 100 organization’s first application for a refund, but is not 101 required to be included in subsequent applications. The 102 organization must submit any information required by the 103 department as part of its application for the refund. 104 (7) For purposes of this section, an eligible job training 105 organization comprised of commonly owned and controlled entities 106 is deemed to be a single organization. 107 (8) By August 1 following each state fiscal year in which 108 an eligible job training organization received a refund pursuant 109 to subsection (2), the organization must provide a report to the 110 Department of Economic Opportunity regarding the use of the 111 funds in accordance with subsection (2). The report must include 112 at least all of the following: 113 (a) The amount of the refund used to create growth in 114 employment hours. 115 (b) The total growth in employment hours. 116 (c) The amount of the refund used for job training and 117 employment services. 118 (d) The number of individuals who participated in job 119 training and employment services at the eligible job training 120 organization. 121 (e) A statement declaring that the eligible job training 122 organization continues to meet the requirements of this section. 123 (9)(a) The Department of Economic Opportunity may adopt 124 rules to administer this section, including rules for the 125 approval and disapproval of applications. 126 (b) If the Department of Economic Opportunity determines 127 that an eligible job training organization no longer qualifies 128 for the refund under this section, the Department of Economic 129 Opportunity must notify the department by August 31. The 130 department may not issue a refund after receiving such 131 notification. 132 (c) The overpayment of a refund or a refund issued to an 133 ineligible organization is subject to repayment and interest at 134 the rate calculated pursuant to s. 213.235. 135 Section 2. (1) The Department of Revenue is authorized, and 136 all conditions are deemed met, to adopt emergency rules pursuant 137 to s. 120.54(4), Florida Statutes, for the purpose of 138 administering this act. 139 (2) Notwithstanding any other law, emergency rules adopted 140 pursuant to subsection (1) are effective for 6 months after 141 adoption and may be renewed during the pendency of procedures to 142 adopt permanent rules addressing the subject of the emergency 143 rules. 144 (3) This section expires July 1, 2021. 145 Section 3. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this 146 act, this act shall take effect upon becoming a law.