[r65] Koch Tax Incentive Oversight Bill Signed into Law (4/23/2014)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Start Date: 4/23/2014 Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Date: 4/23/2014 End Time: 9:00 AM
STATEHOUSE – House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1020, the Indiana Economic Development Tax Incentives Evaluation Act, authored by State Representative Eric Koch (R-Bedford), was signed into law by Governor Mike Pence. Rep. Koch attended the bill signing ceremony at the Statehouse. 

“Using real data and independent analysis, HEA 1020 will provide state and local policymakers the information necessary to decide whether to continue, modify or repeal economic development incentives,” said Rep. Koch. 

HEA 1020 requires state and local tax incentives to be subject to regular review and evaluation. The law requires the Commission on State Tax and Financing Policy (CSTFP) to review, analyze and evaluate state and local tax incentives that are provided to encourage economic development or to alter, reward or subsidize a particular action or behavior by a tax incentive recipient. 

HEA 1020 requires the CSTFP to complete a comprehensive review of all state and local tax incentives over a five-year period beginning this year and requires the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency to conduct the evaluation and analysis of each incentive scheduled for review by the CSTFP. The five-year incentive review would cover exemptions, deductions, credits, preferential rates and other tax benefits that:

(1) reduce the amount of a tax that would otherwise be due to the state; 
(2) result in a tax refund in excess of any tax due; or 
(3) reduce the amount of property taxes that would otherwise be due to a political subdivision of the state. 

The review would include programs under which political subdivisions dedicate revenue to provide improvements or to retire bonds issued to pay for improvements in an economic or sports development area, a community revitalization area, an enterprise zone or a tax increment financing district.  

“This new law will allow state and local tax incentives to be utilized with more transparency and accountability,” said Rep. Koch.

Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) sponsored the bill in the Senate. 

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Rep. Koch serves all or parts of Brown, Lawrence, Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.