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TITLE 34PUBLIC FINANCE
PART 1COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS
CHAPTER 9PROPERTY TAX ADMINISTRATION
SUBCHAPTER FLIMITATION ON APPRAISED VALUE ON CERTAIN QUALIFIED PROPERTIES
RULE §9.1051Definitions

The following phrases, words and terms, when used in this subchapter shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. Words defined in Tax Code, Chapter 313 and not defined in this subchapter shall have the meanings provided by Tax Code, Chapter 313.

  (1) Agreement--The written agreement between the governing body of a school district and the approved applicant on the form adopted by reference in §9.1052 of this title (relating to Forms) to implement a limitation on the appraised value for school district maintenance and operations ad valorem property tax purposes on an entity's qualified property, required by Tax Code, §313.027(d).

  (2) Applicant--An entity that has applied for a limitation on appraised value for school district maintenance and operations ad valorem property tax purposes on the entity's property as provided by Tax Code, Chapter 313.

  (3) Application--An application for limitation of appraised value limitation for school district maintenance and operations ad valorem property tax purposes on an entity's qualified property on the form adopted by reference in §9.1052 of this title, the schedules attached thereto, and the documentation submitted by an entity for the purpose of obtaining an agreement for a limitation on appraised value from a school district.

  (4) Application amendment--Information submitted by an applicant intended to be considered as part of or in support of the application that amends by replacing information that was previously submitted by applicant.

  (5) Application supplement--Information submitted by an applicant intended to be considered as part of or in support of the application that has not been previously submitted.

  (6) Approved applicant--An applicant whose application has been approved by a school district for a limitation on appraised value agreement according to the provisions of Tax Code, Chapter 313, including any assignees of that applicant.

  (7) Application review start date--The later date of either the date on which the school district issues its written notice that an applicant has submitted a completed application or the date on which the comptroller issues its written notice that an applicant has submitted a completed application.

  (8) Appraisal district--The county appraisal district that would appraise the property which is the subject of an application.

  (9) Appraised value--The value of property as defined by Tax Code, §1.04(8).

  (10) Completed application--An application in the form and number and containing all the information required pursuant to §9.1053 of this title (relating to Entity Requesting Agreement to Limit Appraised Value) that has been determined by the school district and the comptroller to include all minimum requirements for consideration.

  (11) Comptroller--The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts or the designated representative of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts acting on behalf of the comptroller.

  (12) Entity--Any entity upon which a tax is imposed by Tax Code, §171.001 including a combined group as defined by Tax Code, §171.0001(7) or members of a combined group, provided however, an entity as defined herein does not include a sole proprietorship, partnership or limited liability partnership.

  (13) Data Analysis and Transparency Division or DAT--The Data Analysis and Transparency Division of the comptroller's office, or the division of the comptroller's office responsible for the administration of Tax Code, Chapter 313, acting through the designated division director or a representative thereof.

  (14) Non-qualifying job--A permanent position of employment to perform work:

    (A) that includes at a minimum the following requirements:

      (i) that is based on the qualified property;

      (ii) that is in direct support of activity identified in Tax Code, §313.024(b);

      (iii) for at least 1,600 hours a year;

      (iv) over which the applicant has significant degree of control of:

        (I) the creation of the job;

        (II) the job description;

        (III) the job characteristics or performance of the job through either a business, contractual or vendor relationship; and

    (B) is not a qualifying job as that term is defined in Tax Code, §313.021(3) and these rules.

  (15) Qualified investment--Property that meets the requirements of Tax Code, §313.021(1).

  (16) Qualified property--Land, new building, or new improvement erected or affixed to the land after the application review start date, or eligible tangible personal property first placed in service after the application review start date that:

    (A) meets the requirements of Tax Code, §313.021(2), and that is used either as an integral part, or as a necessary auxiliary part, in manufacturing, research and development, a clean coal project, an advanced clean energy project, renewable energy electric generation, electric power generation using integrated gasification combined cycle technology, nuclear electric power generation, a Texas Priority Project, or a computer center;

    (B) is clearly distinguished from any existing property and clearly distinguished from any proposed property that is not a new improvement;

    (C) is separate from, and not a component of, any existing property;

    (D) if buildings or improvements, did not exist before the application review start date or if tangible personal property, was first placed in service after the application review start date;

    (E) is not used to renovate, refurbish, upgrade, maintain, modify, improve, or functionally replace existing buildings or existing improvements;

    (F) does not replace or modify existing buildings other than expansion of an existing building; and

    (G) is not used solely for the transportation of product prior to the commencement, or subsequent to the completion, of an applicable qualifying activity described in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph.

  (17) School district--A school district that has received an application for a limitation on appraised value pursuant to Tax Code, Chapter 313 or the designated representative of the school district acting on behalf of the school district.

  (18) SOAH--State Office of Administrative Hearings.

  (19) Substantive document--A document or other information or data in electronic media determined by the comptroller to substantially involve or include information or data significant to an application, the evaluation or consideration of an application, or the agreement or implementation of an agreement for limitation of appraised value pursuant to Tax Code, Chapter 313. The term includes, but is not limited to, any application requesting a limitation on appraised value and any amendments or supplements, any economic impact evaluation made in connection with an application, any agreement between applicant and the school district and any subsequent amendments or assignments, any school district written finding or report filed with the comptroller as required under this subchapter, and any completed Annual Eligibility Report (Form 50-772A) submitted to the comptroller.

  (20) Agreement holder--An entity that has executed an agreement with a school district.

  (21) Average weekly wage for manufacturing jobs--Either the average weekly wage:

    (A) for all jobs primarily engaged in activities described in Sectors 31 - 33 of the 2007 North American Industry Classification System in a county as identified by the Texas Workforce Commission's Quarterly Employment and Wages (QCEW) webpage at http://www.tracer2.com/cgi/dataanalysis/AreaSelection.asp?tableName=Industry; or

    (B) for all manufacturing jobs or if the information for subparagraph (A) of this paragraph is not available, as determined by data published annually by the Texas Workforce Commission for the purposes of Tax Code, Chapter 313 for each Council of Government Region, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas Occupational Employment and Wages (OES) data, as it is posted at http://www.tracer2.com/admin/uploadedPublications/COGWages.pdf.

  (22) Average weekly wage for non-qualifying jobs--The average weekly wage as identified by the Texas Workforce Commission Quarterly Employment and Wages (QCEW) average weekly wages for all private industries for the most recent four quarterly periods for which data is available at the time that an application is deemed complete, as it is posted at http://www.tracer2.com/cgi/dataanalysis/AreaSelection.asp?tableName=Industry.

  (23) First placed in service--The first use of the property by the agreement holder.

  (24) New improvement--A building, structure, or fixture that, after the application review start date:

    (A) is a discrete unit of property erected on or affixed to land eligible to be qualified property; and

    (B) is not erected or affixed as part of maintenance, renovation, refurbishment, improvement, modification, or upgrade of existing property, nor is newly added or proposed to be added property functionally replacing existing property, provided however that a proposed improvement may be considered a new improvement if it is an addition to an existing building that will contain new tangible personal property that did not exist before the application review start date.

  (25) Per capita income--Per capita money income in the past 12 months as determined by the United States Census Bureau and reported at its website http://www.census.gov.

  (26) Strategic investment area--An area that is:

    (A) a county within this state with unemployment above the state average and per capita income below the state average;

    (B) an area within this state that is a federally designated urban enterprise community or an urban enhanced enterprise community; or

    (C) a defense economic readjustment zone designated under Government Code, Chapter 2310.

  (27) Texas Economic Development Act Agreement--The form, adopted by reference in §9.1052 of this title, which provides a template for the terms of an agreement to implement a limitation on appraised value on property within a school district and that has the title Agreement For Limitation On Appraised Value Of Property For School District Maintenance And Operations Taxes.

  (28) Texas Priority Project--A project on which the applicant commits to place in service qualified investment of more than $1 billion during the qualifying time period, based on the comptroller review of the application submitted by the school district.

  (29) Unemployment--The most recent calendar year unemployment rate, not seasonally adjusted, as determined by the Labor Market & Career Information Department (LMCI) of the Texas Workforce Commission and reported at its website http://www.tracer2.com/cgi/dataanalysis/AreaSelection.asp?tableName=Labforce.

  (30) Qualifying job--A permanent position of employment that includes at a minimum the following requirements:

    (A) provides work for at least 1600 hours a year;

    (B) is in direct support of activity identified in Tax Code, §313.024(b);

    (C) is based on the qualified property;

    (D) is a job over which the applicant has significant degree of control of:

      (i) the creation of the job;

      (ii) the job description;

      (iii) the job characteristics or performance of the job through either a business, contractual or vendor relationship;

    (E) is covered by a group health benefit plan for which the applicant offers to pay at least 80% of the premiums or other charges assessed for employee-only coverage under the plan, regardless of whether an employee may voluntarily waive the coverage;

    (F) pays at least 110% of the county average weekly wage for manufacturing jobs in the county where the job is located;

    (G) that has not been transferred from another part of the state; and

    (H) that has not been created to replace a previous employee.


Source Note: The provisions of this §9.1051 adopted to be effective June 22, 2010, 35 TexReg 5352; amended to be effective June 2, 2014, 39 TexReg 4259; amended to be effective January 24, 2016, 41 TexReg 624; amended to be effective September 11, 2017, 42 TexReg 4652

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