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SENATE BILL NO. 297
INTRODUCED BY B. DEPRATU
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT MOVING THE FUNDING FOR THE ALCOHOL TAX INCENTIVE FROM THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND TO THE STATE GENERAL FUND; AUTHORIZING THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE TO MAKE THE TAX INCENTIVE PAYMENT; AMENDING SECTIONS 15-70-512 AND 15-70-522, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 15-70-512, MCA, is amended to read:
"15-70-512. Distributor's statement. (1) Each alcohol distributor shall, not later than the 25th day of each calendar
month, render to the department a statement, signed by
him the distributor, that includes the following: (1)(a) the number of gallons of alcohol manufactured or imported by the distributor during the preceding calendar
month; (2)(b) the name of each gasohol dealer to whom he the distributor sold alcohol and the number of gallons sold to each
dealer; and (3)(c) such other information as that the department may reasonably require to administer the tax laws of this state.
(2) If the department determines that the distributor qualifies for the tax incentive in 15-70-522, the department shall forward a copy of the distributor's statement to the department of revenue."
Section 2. Section 15-70-522, MCA, is amended to read:
"15-70-522. Tax incentive for production of alcohol -- written plan required -- reservation of incentives -- rules. (1) (a) If the alcohol was produced in Montana from Montana agricultural products, including Montana wood or wood products, or if the alcohol was produced from non-Montana agricultural products when Montana products are not available, there is a tax incentive payable to alcohol distributors for distilling alcohol that:
(i) was blended with gasoline for sale as gasohol in Montana;
(ii) was exported from Montana and has been blended with gasoline for sale as gasohol; or
(iii) was used in the production of ethyl butyl ether for use in reformulated gasoline.
(b) Payment must be made by the department of revenue out of the
amount collected under 15-70-204 state general
(2) Except as provided in subsections (3) and (4), the tax incentive on each gallon of alcohol distilled in accordance
with subsection (1) is 30 cents
per a gallon for each gallon that is 100% produced from Montana products, with the amount
of the tax incentive per for each gallon reduced proportionately, based upon the amount of agricultural or wood products
not produced in Montana that is used in the production of the alcohol, and beginning July 1, 2005, there is no tax incentive.
(3) Regardless of the alcohol tax incentive provided in subsection (2), the total payments made for the incentive under this part may not exceed $6 million in any consecutive 12-month period.
(4) An alcohol distributor may not receive tax incentive payments under subsection (2) that exceed $3 million in any consecutive 12-month period.
(5) An alcohol distributor who begins production after July 1, 1991, may not receive tax incentive payments under
subsection (2) unless the distributor has provided a written plan to the department
of transportation at least 18 months
before the distributor's anticipated collection of the tax incentives. The plan must contain the following information:
(a) the source or sources of financing for the acquisition of the plant, land, and equipment used for the production of gasohol;
(b) the anticipated source of agricultural products used in the production of gasohol; and
(c) the anticipated time, quantity, and duration of production of gasohol.
(6) An alcohol distributor in production before July 1, 1991, is entitled to apply for the maximum tax incentive payment allowed under subsection (4) without providing a written plan as required in subsection (5).
(7) (a) Except as provided in subsection (7)(b), the department shall reserve, in the order that written plans required under subsection (5) are received by the department, alcohol tax incentives based on the anticipated time, quantity, and duration of production. Payment of the alcohol tax incentives must be based on actual production.
(b) No later than 1 year after the written plan is received under subsection (5), the department shall determine whether an alcohol distributor is complying with the written plan. The department may reduce or cancel the reservation of the tax incentive provided in this subsection (7) if the department determines that the alcohol distributor has not materially complied with the written plan.
(8) A new tax incentive payment may not be made if the total tax incentive established in subsection (3) has been reserved or paid. If an alcohol tax incentive has been reduced or canceled, the amount by which the tax incentive has been reduced or canceled is available for reservation as provided in subsection (7)(a).
(9) The department shall prescribe rules necessary to carry out the provisions of this section."
NEW SECTION. Section 3. Effective date. [This act] is effective July 1, 1999.
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