HB440 (2017) Detail

Repealing the tax on interest and dividends.


HB 440-FN-A-LOCAL - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0160

09/10

 

HOUSE BILL 440-FN-A-LOCAL

 

AN ACT repealing the tax on interest and dividends.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Christensen, Hills. 21; Rep. Barry, Hills. 21; Rep. Silber, Belk. 2; Rep. Ohm, Hills. 36; Rep. McGuire, Merr. 29; Rep. Seidel, Hills. 28; Rep. Phinney, Straf. 24

 

COMMITTEE: Ways and Means

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill repeals the tax on interest and dividends.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

17-0160

09/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT repealing the tax on interest and dividends.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Reference to Interest and Dividends Tax Deleted.  Amend RSA 14-B:8, III(q) to read as follows:

(q)  New Hampshire taxes, specifying if business profits tax[,] or business enterprise tax[, or interest and dividends tax].

2  Reference to Interest and Dividends Tax Deleted.  Amend RSA 15-A:5, I(d)(17) to read as follows:

(17)  New Hampshire taxes, specifying if business profits tax[,] or business enterprise tax[, or interest and dividends tax].

3  Reference to Interest and Dividends Tax Deleted.  Amend RSA 21-J:31 to read as follows:

21-J:31  Penalty for Failure to File.  Any taxpayer who fails to file a return when due, unless an extension has been granted by the department, shall pay a penalty equal to 5 percent of the amount of the tax due or $10, whichever is greater, for each month or part of a month during which the return remains unfiled.  The total amount of any penalty shall not, however, exceed 25 percent of the amount of the tax due or $50, whichever is greater.  This penalty shall not be applied in any case in which a return is filed within the extended filing period as provided in [RSA 77:18-b,] RSA 77-A:9, RSA 77-E:8, RSA 83-C:6, RSA 83-E:5, RSA 84-A:7, or RSA 84-C:7, or the failure to file was due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect of the taxpayer.  The amount of the penalty is determined by applying the percentages specified to the net amount of any tax due after crediting any timely payments made through estimating or other means.

4  Reference to Interest and Dividends Tax Deleted.  Amend the introductory paragraph of RSA 21-J:33-a, I to read as follows:

I.  If there is a substantial understatement of tax imposed under [RSA 77,] RSA 77-A, RSA 77-E, RSA 78-A, RSA 78-C, RSA 82-A, RSA 83-C, RSA 83-E, or RSA 84-A for any taxable period, there shall be added to the tax an amount equal to 25 percent of the amount of any underpayment attributable to such understatement.

5  Reference to Interest and Dividends Tax Deleted.  Amend RSA 21-J:46, III to read as follows:

III.  This section shall apply only to tax returns and associated payments under [RSA 77,] RSA 77-A[,] and RSA 77-E.

6  References to Interest and Dividends Tax Deleted.  Amend RSA 71-C:4, I and II to read as follows:

I.  On or before December 15 of every fiscal year the commissioner of the department of revenue administration shall certify in a report to the general court and the governor an analysis of each of the past fiscal year’s tax expenditures as identified in RSA 71-C:2, and other credits allowed under [RSA 77,] RSA 77-A, RSA 77-E, RSA 77-G, RSA 78, RSA 78-A, 78-B, RSA 82-A, RSA 83-E, RSA 84-A, RSA 84-C, and RSA 400-A.

II.  The report shall be divided into the following parts:

(a)  Tax expenditures as determined by the joint committee on tax expenditure review under RSA 71-C:3;

(b)  Potential liabilities against the state’s revenues, specifically:

(1)  Other credits allowed under [RSA 77,] RSA 77-A, RSA 77-E, RSA 77-G, RSA 78, RSA 78-A, RSA 78-B, RSA 82, RSA 82-A, RSA 83-E, RSA 84-A, RSA 84-C, and RSA 400-A against the business profits tax imposed by RSA 77-A; and

(2)  Credit carryovers from overpaid taxes.

7   Returns for Interest and Dividends Taxes.  All persons who are liable for a tax under RSA 77 as of December 31, 2017, who thereafter are no longer liable for a tax under RSA 77 because of the passage of this act shall make a return of such taxes due the commissioner of revenue administration in such manner and on such forms as the commissioner shall prescribe in rules adopted under RSA 541-A.  The administrative provisions of RSA 77 shall remain in effect to permit the collection of taxes upon income taxable under RSA 77 which is received by persons subject to taxation under that chapter through December 31, 2017, and to permit the distribution of that revenue.  Persons who are liable for a tax under RSA 77 who do not report the payment of federal income taxes on a calendar year basis are entitled to such proportion of the exemptions allowed in RSA 77 as the reporting period bears to their taxable year.

8  Repeals.  The following are repealed:

I.  RSA 21-J:45, I(e), relative to reports on status of requested interest and dividends tax refunds.

II.  RSA 77-A:4-c, II(c), relative to the duty  of a committee to study the taxation of distributions received by investment organizations under the interest and dividends tax.

III.  RSA 77, relative to taxation of incomes.

IV.  RSA 77-A:4, I, relative to an adjustment to the business profits tax for taxes under RSA 77.

V.  RSA 195-H:10, relative to exemption from RSA 77 for income and distributions from qualified tuition programs.

VI.  RSA 261:52-a relative to notice that the interest and dividends tax may be due.

VII.  RSA 391:3 relative to the taxation of common trust funds under RSA 77.

9  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2018.

 

LBAO

17-0160

1/10/17

 

HB 440-FN-A-LOCAL- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT repealing the tax on interest and dividends.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

   Expenditures

$0

$0

$0

$0

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill repeals the Interest and Dividends Tax (RSA 77) effective January 1, 2018.  The Department of Revenue Administration has no way to determine the exact fiscal impact of repealing the interest and dividends tax as it has no definitive method to determine future tax liabilities or credit carry forward amounts.  Based on tax year 2015, the Department knows the tax liability was $82,551,040 and the requested credit carry forward amounts on file to offset future liabilities was $15,586,621.  If this repeal had been in place for the tax year 2015, the revenue decrease would have been $98,137,661, however this does not take into consideration any ongoing audit and collection activities with respect to prior tax years..  The Department would continue to audit, collect and process taxes for a minimum of 3 years after the repeal of the Interest and Dividends Tax, therefore does not anticipate any change in its expenditures.  Additionally, the because Department staff are not assigned to a specific tax to administer, as the Interest and Dividends Tax workload phased out, the staff would refocus their work to other tax areas the Department has responsibility.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Revenue Administration

 

 

Links

HB440 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 25, 2017 House Hearing
Feb. 2, 2017 House Exec Session
Feb. 15, 2017 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB440 Revision: 899 Date: Jan. 27, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 5, 2017 Introduced 01/05/2017 and referred to Ways and Means HJ 3 P. 13
Jan. 25, 2017 Public Hearing: 01/25/2017 09:00 AM LOB 202
Feb. 2, 2017 Executive Session: 02/02/2017 LOB 202
Feb. 15, 2017 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/15/2017 (Vote 21-0; CC) HC 11 P. 16
Feb. 15, 2017 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 02/15/2017 HJ 7 P. 21