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R357. Governor, Economic Development.

Rule R357-2. Targeted Business Tax Credit.

As in effect on January 1, 2020

Table of Contents

R357-2-1. Purpose.

The purpose of this rule is to define what constitutes substantial new employment, new capital development, a project, and to establish a general formula for determining the allocated cap amount for each business applicant.

R357-2-2. Authority.

UCA 63N-2-302 requires the office make rules establishing the manner by which the allocation cap amount is determined and what constitutes substantial new employment, new capital development, and a project.

R357-2-3. Definitions.

(1) As used in this Rule;

(a) "Available Tax Credit" means the unencumbered amount of the annual $300,000 tax credit provided for in 63N-2-302(2).

(b) "Executive Committee" means the Executive Committee of the Governor's Rural Partnership Board provided for in UCA 63C-10-102(5)

(c) "Full Time Equivalent Employee" means an individual full time employee of the business applicant's Utah Business that is a Utah Resident and employed at least 30 hours per week (excluding lunch) during each week.

(d) "New Capital Development" means any new

(i) facility with construction costs of $100,000 or more, which includes additions to existing facilities and the enclosure of space that was not previously fully enclosed;

(ii) remodeling, site, or utility project with costs of $100,000 or more; or

(iii) purchase of real property.

(e) "Project" means the plan as described in the application submitted to The Office of Rural Development by the business applicant including the projects objectives, projections, and scope.

(f) "Substantial New Employment" means new full time equivalent employees the Business Applicant will add in the following three tax year(s) as specified in the application and where substantial is measured and determined by the Executive Committee of the Governor's Rural Partnership Board in relation to:

(i) The economic impact on the community in which the project will occur, including:

(A) salary and wages of the new full time equivalent employees in comparison to the county average wage;

(B) whether or not health and other benefits will be provided to all the new full time equivalent employees in addition to the salary and wages;

(C) the business applicant's declared number of projected new full time equivalent employees in comparison to the overall county employment numbers provided by the Department of Work Force Services;

(D) the amount of new full time equivalent employees in comparison to the business applicant's current number of full time equivalent employees; and

(E) any other factors that the Executive Committee considers as substantial new employment.

(2) For all other relevant terms not defined in this rule, the definitions set forth in UCA 63N-2-301 shall apply.

R357-2-4. Application Procedure.

Applications will be reviewed in January and February of each calendar year, and all applications should be submitted by January 31. The Office of Rural Development may consider applications submitted between January 31 and June 1 of the calendar year if approved by a majority vote of the Executive Committee of the Governor's Rural Partnership Board. No applications will be considered between June 1 and December 31st of the calendar year.

R357-2-5. Formula for Allocation Cap Amount for Each Business Applicant.

(1) Each business applicant's application will be reviewed, scored, and ranked by the Executive Committee, as follows:

(a) A weighted score will be given to each application in the following subcategories:

(i) project;

(ii) projected new capital development; and

(iii) projected substantial new employment

(2) The scoring criteria will be provided to business applicants via the targeted business tax credit application.

(3) The Executive Committee shall award a targeted business income tax credits to the top ranking projects in descending order, based on the available tax credit and until the cap is reached as set forth in UCM 63N-2-304(2).

(4) Awards shall be given over a three year period.

(5) Awards may be allocated as follows:

(a) $50,000 tax credit for one year of the award, and $25,000 tax credit for two of the three years; or

(b) The Executive Committee may elect to award available tax credit in a proportionate amount based upon the scores of each application during the solicitation period; or

(c) The Executive Committee may elect to award available tax credits in an equal amount to each business applicant during the solicitation period

(2) No business applicant shall receive an award that is in excess of the available tax credit.


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Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

November 8, 2014

Notice of Continuation

November 7, 2019

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law


Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R357, please contact the promulgating agency (Governor, Economic Development). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.