SENATE BILL 6116
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1992 Regular Session
By Senators Sellar, Murray, Anderson and McMullen
Read first time 01/16/92. Referred to Committee on Energy & Utilities.
AN ACT Relating to the deferral of sales and use taxes for cogeneration facilities; and amending RCW 82.61.010, 82.61.020, and 82.61.030.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 82.61.010 and 1988 c 41 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter.
(1) "Applicant" means a person applying for a tax deferral under this chapter.
(2) "Person" has the meaning given in RCW 82.04.030.
(3) "Department" means the department of revenue.
(4) "Cogeneration" means the sequential generation of electrical or mechanical power and useful heat from the same primary energy source or fuel.
(5) "Electric utility" means any person, corporation, or governmental subdivision authorized and operating under the Constitution and laws of the state of Washington which is primarily engaged in the generation or sale of electric energy.
(6) "Eligible investment project" means:
(a) Construction of new buildings and the acquisition of new related machinery and equipment when the buildings, machinery, and equipment are to be used for either manufacturing or research and development activities, which construction is commenced prior to December 31, 1994; or
(b) Acquisition prior to December 31, 1994, of new machinery and equipment to be used for either manufacturing or research and development if the machinery and equipment is housed in a new leased structure: PROVIDED, That the lessor/owner of the structure is not eligible for a deferral unless the underlying ownership of the buildings, machinery, and equipment vests exclusively in the same person; or
(c) Acquisition of all new or used machinery, equipment, or other personal property for use in the production or casting of aluminum at an aluminum smelter or at facilities related to an aluminum smelter, if the plant was in operation prior to 1975 and has ceased operations or is in imminent danger of ceasing operations for economic reasons, as determined by the department, and if the person applying for a deferral (i) has consulted with any collective bargaining unit that represented employees of the plant pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement that was in effect either immediately prior to the time the plant ceased operations or during the period when the plant was in imminent danger of ceasing operations, on the proposed operation of the plant and on the terms and conditions of employment for wage and salaried employees and (ii) has obtained a written concurrence from the bargaining unit on the decision to apply for a deferral under this chapter; or
(d) Modernization projects involving construction, acquisition, or upgrading of equipment or machinery, including services and labor, which are commenced after May 19, 1987, and are intended to increase the operating efficiency of existing plants which are either aluminum smelters or aluminum rolling mills or of facilities related to such plants, if the plant was in operation prior to 1975, and if the person applying for a deferral (i) has consulted with any collective bargaining unit that represents employees of the plant on the proposed operation of the plant and the terms and conditions of employment for wage and salaried employees and (ii) has obtained a written concurrence from the bargaining unit on the decision to apply for a deferral under this chapter; or
(e) Acquisition or installation of any machinery, equipment, structure, process, or property, or any part thereof, for the primary purpose of cogeneration by a person or corporation other than an electric utility.
(7) "Manufacturing" means all activities of a commercial or
industrial nature wherein labor or skill is applied, by hand or machinery, to
materials so that as a result thereof a new, different, or useful substance or
article of tangible personal property is produced for sale or commercial or
industrial use and includes the production or fabrication of specially made or
(8) "Research and development" means the development,
refinement, testing, marketing, and commercialization of a product, service, or
process before commercial sales have begun.
(9) "Buildings" means only those new structures used for
either manufacturing or research and development activities, including plant
offices and warehouses or other facilities for the storage of raw materials or
finished goods if such facilities are an essential or an integral part of a
factory, mill, plant, or laboratory used for manufacturing or research and
development purposes. If a building is used partly for manufacturing or
research and development and partly for other purposes, the applicable tax
deferral shall be determined by apportionment of the costs of construction
under rules adopted by the department.
(10) "Machinery and equipment" means all industrial and
research fixtures, equipment, and support facilities that are an integral and
necessary part of a manufacturing or research and development operation.
"Qualified machinery and equipment" includes computers; software;
data processing equipment; laboratory equipment; manufacturing components such
as belts, pulleys, shafts, and moving parts; molds, tools, and dies; operating
structures; and all equipment used to control or operate the machinery. For
purposes of this chapter, new machinery and equipment means either new to the
taxing jurisdiction of the state or new to the certificate holder. Used
machinery and equipment may be treated as new equipment and machinery if the
certificate holder either brings the machinery and equipment into Washington or
makes a retail purchase of the machinery and equipment in Washington or
(11) "Qualified employment position" means a permanent
full-time employee employed in the eligible investment project during the
entire tax year.
(12) "Recipient" means a person receiving a tax deferral under
(13) "Certificate holder" means an applicant to whom a tax
deferral certificate has been issued.
(14) "Operationally complete" means constructed or improved to
the point of being functionally useable for the intended purpose.
(15) "Initiation of construction" means that date upon which
on-site construction commences.
Sec. 2. RCW 82.61.020 and 1987 c 497 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:
for deferral of taxes under this chapter shall be made before initiation of the
construction of the investment project or acquisition of equipment or machinery
or plant. Application for deferral of taxes for modernization projects as
defined in RCW ((
82.61.010(4)(d))) 82.61.010(6)(d) shall be made
during the calendar year in which construction begins or acquisition of
equipment or machinery occurs. The application shall be made to the department
in a form and manner prescribed by the department. The application shall
contain information regarding the location of the investment project, estimated
or actual costs, time schedules for completion and operation, and other
information required by the department. The department shall rule on the
application within sixty days. A certificate holder shall initiate
construction of the investment project within one hundred eighty days of
receiving approval from the department and issuance of the tax deferral
Sec. 3. RCW 82.61.030 and 1987 c 497 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:
for eligible projects within the definitions in RCW 82.61.010((
(c) (( or)), (d), or (e), a tax deferral certificate shall
only be issued to persons who, on June 14, 1985, are not engaged in manufacturing
or research and development activities within this state. For purposes of this
section, a person shall not be considered to be engaged in manufacturing or
research and development activities where the only activities performed by such
person in this state are sales, installation, repair, or promotional activities
in respect to products manufactured outside this state. Any person who has
succeeded by merger, consolidation, incorporation or any other form or change
of identity to the business of a person engaged in manufacturing or research
and development activities in this state on June 14, 1985, and any person who
is a subsidiary of a person engaged in manufacturing or research and
development activities in this state on June 14, 1985, shall also be ineligible
to receive a tax deferral certificate.