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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2276        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2527


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and Viriato Manuel deMacedo


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act Relative to Incentivizing High Wages for New Employees..






Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

4th Hampden

Marc T. Lombardo

22nd Middlesex

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

Daniel K. Webster

6th Plymouth

Donald H. Wong

9th Essex

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

Bruce E. Tarr


Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2276        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2527

By Messrs. Jones of North Reading and deMacedo of Plymouth, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2527) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr., Viriato Manuel deMacedo and others for legislation to provide tax incentives for the creation of certain high wage jobs.  Revenue. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 2790 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act Relative to Incentivizing High Wages for New Employees..


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1: Section 31M of chapter 63, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the following:

              Section 631N: (a) For the purposes of this section, the following words shall have the following meanings:-

              “Average wage”, the mean salary for all full time employees in a qualifying small business for the previous two calendar years.

              “Commissioner”, the commissioner of revenue.

              “Eligible job”, any new direct job created by a qualifying small business that: (a) did not exist in the previous calendar year; (b) pays a salary of at least 150 per cent of the average wage of the qualifying small business; and (c) requires the duties of the new employee to be performed in at least 1 in-state location, including jobs performed by persons that are transferred within the company to work at an in-state location from a location based outside the commonwealth.

              “Full time employee”, a person who is employed for at least 35 hours per week and whose salary is subject to withholding as provided in chapter 62B.

              “High wage incentive payment”, a business employment incentive payment for qualifying small businesses as provided for in this section.

              “Qualifying small business”, a business that had total annual sales in its most recently completed fiscal year of less than five million dollars, or has less than 100 employees, and has a principal place of business in the commonwealth.

              (b) For each taxable year from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2013, a qualifying small business that creates a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 5 eligible jobs in the commonwealth during a single calendar year shall be entitled to a high wage incentive payment equal to a 6 per cent credit against its excise due under this chapter.

              (c) If a taxpayer is subject to a minimum excise under this chapter, the amount of credit allowed shall not reduce the excise to an amount less than the minimum excise.

              (d) A taxpayer entitled to a credit under this section for any taxable year may not carry over its excise for any succeeding taxable year. A qualifying small business that has previously been approved to receive a high wage incentive payment for any particular eligible job shall not be eligible to receive said payment for more than one calendar year.  A qualifying small business may apply to receive a high wage incentive payment that relates to a different application in the same calendar year or a different application in a different calendar year.

              (e) A qualifying small business that seeks a high wage incentive payment shall apply to the commissioner to receive such payment on a form to be prescribed by the commissioner.  This form shall reference the necessary information concerning the eligible jobs created by the company in the commonwealth during the application year and also the company’s average wage for such year and the previous calendar year.  The commissioner shall advise the company of his determination in writing.

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