Honorable Jane Nelson, Chair, Senate Committee on Finance
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
SB1225 by Seliger (Relating to the retention and use of sales tax revenue collected by certain retailers to provide job training and placement services to certain persons.), As Introduced
Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for SB1225, As Introduced: a negative impact of ($23,100,000) through the biennium ending August 31, 2017.
Probable Net Positive/(Negative) Impact to General Revenue Related Funds
Probable Revenue (Loss) from General Revenue Fund 1
The bill would amend Chapter 151 of the Tax Code, to provide for a sales and use tax retention for certain retailers.
New Section 151.433 would be added to authorize a qualifying organization to retain 50 percent of its collected sales taxes for the purpose of providing job training and placement services to certain persons with disabilities or other barriers to employment. A qualifying organization would be a retailer certified by the Comptroller as having met the requirements of a workforce training community center.
A workforce training community center would be a retailer listed as an exempt organization in the Internal Revenue Code that collects and remits sales taxes on the sale of donated goods; has a core mission of assisting persons with disabilities with job training and placement services and uses a majority of revenue to provide those services; is affiliated with a national or statewide organization, and has annual sales of at least $1 million.
The bill would require qualifying organizations to use the retained sales tax money only for specific purposes related to providing job training and placement services to persons with disabilities or other barriers to employment. The Comptroller may require qualifying organizations, after their first year of certification and at the conclusion of the three-year certification period, demonstrate their adherence to the program's requirements.
This bill would take effect September 1, 2015.
Data was gathered from Comptroller tax files regarding the amount of sales tax remitted by certain retailers that may be subject to the provisions of the bill. An adjustment was made to estimate the 50 percent sales tax retention, then extrapolated through 2020.
Local Government Impact
No fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.