An Act To Restore the Super Credit for Substantially Increased Research and Development
Sec. 1. 36 MRSA §5219-L, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2013, c. 502, Pt. J, §1 and affected by §3, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
For purposes of this section, "qualified research expenses" has the same meaning as under the Code, Section 41 but applies only to expenditures for research conducted in this State.
Sec. 2. Retroactivity; application. This Act applies retroactively to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2014.
Under a tax credit that expired January 1, 2014, a taxpayer that qualified for a research expense tax credit was allowed a so-called super credit for qualified research expenses for research conducted in this State. A taxpayer who had unused credits may carry over any unused credit for the next succeeding 10 years, except that the credit is limited to no more than 25% of the taxpayer's tax due after the allowance of other tax credits.
This bill restores the availability of the super credit, retroactive to January 1, 2014, and resets the base amount to the average annual amount spent by the taxpayer on qualified research expenses during the 3 years before the credit is taken or during the 3 years before the effective date of this legislation, whichever is greater.