|SAME AS||SAME AS S05439-B|
|Amd §606, Tax L|
|Relates to providing a tax credit for the cost of wood pellets; defines "qualified densified biomass fuel expenditures" and "densified biomass fuel".|
|05/25/2017||referred to ways and means|
|01/03/2018||referred to ways and means|
|01/05/2018||amend (t) and recommit to ways and means|
|01/05/2018||print number 8047a|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A8047A SPONSOR: Jones
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the tax law, in relation to providing a tax credit for a portion of the cost of qualified densified biomass fuel expenditures; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof   PURPOSE: This bill creates a tax credit for the purchase of biomass fuel for residential use, typically wood pellets for use in a wood pellet boiler.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section I. Amends the tax law to add a new subsection that permits a resident owner of real property to claim a tax credit in an amount equal to thirty percent of qualified biomass fuel expenditures; defines "qual- ified biomass fuel expenditures" and "biomass fuel" accordingly. Section 2. Sets forth the effective date and expiration of the aforemen- tioned tax credit.   JUSTIFICATION: Wood-fueled heating systems, also called biomass systems, burn wood pellets, chips or logs to provide warmth in a single room or to power central heating and hot water boilers. Heating a home with a wood pellet boiler has a number of advantages over heating with traditional fossil fuels. Wood pellets cost as much as 60% less than traditional heating fuel sources, and are a sustainable, renewable, and carbon-neutral fuel source. Wood pellets are produced in a number of locations throughout North America, with multiple producers located within New York State. Almost any home can be converted to utilize a wood pellet boiler, either as a stand-alone heat source or as a primary heat source in conjunction with a secondary backup boiler. NYSERDA currently offers a number of incentives for residential homeowners to install wood pellet boilers to heat their homes and convert from more traditional electric and/or gas heat. However, such incentives are not applicable for the purchase of fuel to use in these boilers once installed. This bill would create a tax credit for resident owners of real property under the tax law for fuel expenditures, incentivizing New Yorkers to install and use biomass fuel to heat their homes, which in turn could continue to drive the state toward record uses of renewable energy.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed five years after such effective date.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 8047--A 2017-2018 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY May 25, 2017 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. JONES, HARRIS, WILLIAMS, CROUCH -- read once and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means -- recommitted to the Committee on Ways and Means in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the tax law, in relation to providing a tax credit for a portion of the cost of qualified densified biomass fuel expenditures; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration there- of The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Section 606 of the tax law is amended by adding a new 2 subsection (ccc) to read as follows: 3 (ccc) Credit for qualified densified biomass fuel expenditures. (1) 4 Any resident owner of real property as defined in section one hundred 5 two of the real property tax law shall be allowed a credit against the 6 tax imposed under this article in an amount equal to thirty percent of 7 qualified densified biomass fuel expenditures. 8 (2) For purposes of this subsection, the following definitions shall 9 apply: 10 (a) "Qualified densified biomass fuel expenditures" shall mean expend- 11 itures for the cost of densified biomass fuel, manufactured in the 12 United States of America, and used to heat a dwelling unit located in 13 the state and used as a residence by the taxpayer, or to heat water for 14 use in such a dwelling unit. 15 (b) "Densified biomass fuel" shall mean a solid fuel derived by the 16 mechanical densification and refining of biomass sourced from woody or 17 agricultural feedstocks. Such term shall include wood pellets. 18 (3) If the amount of the credit allowed under this subsection for any 19 taxable year shall exceed the taxpayer's tax for such year, the excess 20 shall be treated as an overpayment of tax to be credited or refunded in EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09855-05-7A. 8047--A 2 1 accordance with the provisions of section six hundred eighty-six of this 2 article, provided, however, that no interest shall be paid thereon. 3 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be 4 deemed repealed five years after such effective date.