Substitute Senate Bill No. 563

Public Act No. 00-82

An Act Concerning Treatment Of Holocaust Reparations In Determining Income For Tax And Other Purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subdivision (20) of subsection (a) of section 12-701 of the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of public act 99-173, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(20) "Connecticut adjusted gross income" means adjusted gross income, with the following modifications:

(A) There shall be added thereto (i) to the extent not properly includable in gross income for federal income tax purposes, any interest income from obligations issued by or on behalf of any state, political subdivision thereof, or public instrumentality, state or local authority, district or similar public entity, exclusive of such income from obligations issued by or on behalf of the state of Connecticut, any political subdivision thereof, or public instrumentality, state or local authority, district or similar public entity created under the laws of the state of Connecticut and exclusive of any such income with respect to which taxation by any state is prohibited by federal law, (ii) any exempt-interest dividends, as defined in Section 852(b)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, exclusive of such exempt-interest dividends derived from obligations issued by or on behalf of the state of Connecticut, any political subdivision thereof, or public instrumentality, state or local authority, district or similar public entity created under the laws of the state of Connecticut and exclusive of such exempt-interest dividends derived from obligations, the income with respect to which taxation by any state is prohibited by federal law, (iii) any interest or dividend income on obligations or securities of any authority, commission or instrumentality of the United States which federal law exempts from federal income tax but does not exempt from state income taxes, (iv) to the extent included in gross income for federal income tax purposes for the taxable year, the total taxable amount of a lump sum distribution for the taxable year deductible from such gross income in calculating federal adjusted gross income, (v) to the extent properly includable in determining the net gain or loss from the sale or other disposition of capital assets for federal income tax purposes, any loss from the sale or exchange of obligations issued by or on behalf of the state of Connecticut, any political subdivision thereof, or public instrumentality, state or local authority, district or similar public entity created under the laws of the state of Connecticut, in the income year such loss was recognized, (vi) to the extent deductible in determining federal adjusted gross income, any income taxes imposed by this state, (vii) to the extent deductible in determining federal adjusted gross income, any interest on indebtedness incurred or continued to purchase or carry obligations or securities the interest on which is exempt from tax under this chapter and (viii) expenses paid or incurred during the taxable year for the production or collection of income which is exempt from taxation under this chapter or the management, conservation or maintenance of property held for the production of such income, and the amortizable bond premium for the taxable year on any bond the interest on which is exempt from tax under this chapter to the extent that such expenses and premiums are deductible in determining federal adjusted gross income.

(B) There shall be subtracted therefrom (i) to the extent properly includable in gross income for federal income tax purposes, any income with respect to which taxation by any state is prohibited by federal law, (ii) to the extent allowable under section 12-718, exempt dividends paid by a regulated investment company, (iii) the amount of any refund or credit for overpayment of income taxes imposed by this state, or any other state of the United States or a political subdivision thereof, or the District of Columbia or any province of Canada, to the extent properly includable in gross income for federal income tax purposes, (iv) to the extent properly includable in gross income for federal income tax purposes, any tier 1 railroad retirement benefits, (v) with respect to any natural person who is a shareholder of an S corporation which is carrying on, or which has the right to carry on, business in this state, as said term is used in section 12-214, the amount of such shareholder's pro rata share of such corporation's nonseparately computed items, as defined in Section 1366 of the Internal Revenue Code, that is subject to tax under chapter 208, in accordance with subsection (c) of section 12-217, multiplied by such corporation's apportionment fraction, if any, as determined in accordance with section 12-218, (vi) to the extent properly includable in gross income for federal income tax purposes, any interest income from obligations issued by or on behalf of the state of Connecticut, any political subdivision thereof, or public instrumentality, state or local authority, district or similar public entity created under the laws of the state of Connecticut, (vii) to the extent properly includable in determining the net gain or loss from the sale or other disposition of capital assets for federal income tax purposes, any gain from the sale or exchange of obligations issued by or on behalf of the state of Connecticut, any political subdivision thereof, or public instrumentality, state or local authority, district or similar public entity created under the laws of the state of Connecticut, in the income year such gain was recognized, (viii) any interest on indebtedness incurred or continued to purchase or carry obligations or securities the interest on which is subject to tax under this chapter but exempt from federal income tax, to the extent that such interest on indebtedness is not deductible in determining federal adjusted gross income and is attributable to a trade or business carried on by such individual, (ix) ordinary and necessary expenses paid or incurred during the taxable year for the production or collection of income which is subject to taxation under this chapter but exempt from federal income tax, or the management, conservation or maintenance of property held for the production of such income, and the amortizable bond premium for the taxable year on any bond the interest on which is subject to tax under this chapter but exempt from federal income tax, to the extent that such expenses and premiums are not deductible in determining federal adjusted gross income and are attributable to a trade or business carried on by such individual, (x) for a person who files a return under the federal income tax as an unmarried individual, or a married individual filing separately whose federal adjusted gross income for such taxable year is less than fifty thousand dollars and for a husband and wife who file a return under federal income tax as married individuals filing jointly or a person who files under federal income tax as a head of household whose federal adjusted gross income for such taxable year is less than sixty thousand dollars, an amount equal to the Social Security benefits includable for federal income tax purposes; for a person who files a return under the federal income tax as an unmarried individual, or a married individual filing separately whose federal adjusted gross income for such taxable year is fifty thousand dollars or more and for a husband and wife who file a return under federal income tax as married individuals filing jointly or a person who files under federal income tax as a head of household whose federal adjusted gross income for such taxable year is sixty thousand dollars or more an amount equal to the difference between the amount of Social Security benefits includable for federal income tax purposes under the provisions of Section 13215 of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 and fifty per cent of the amount of such Social Security benefits includable for federal income tax purposes under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended, prior to August 10, 1993, (xi) to the extent properly includable in gross income for federal income tax purposes, any amount rebated to a taxpayer pursuant to section 12-746, [and] (xii) to the extent properly includable in the gross income for federal income tax purposes of a designated beneficiary, any distribution to such beneficiary from any qualified state tuition program, as defined in Section 529(b) of the Internal Revenue Code, established and maintained by this state or any official, agency or instrumentality of the state, and (xiii) to the extent properly includable in gross income for federal income tax purposes, the amount of any Holocaust victims' settlement payment received in the taxable year by a Holocaust victim.

(C) With respect to a person who is the beneficiary of a trust or estate, there shall be added or subtracted, as the case may be, from adjusted gross income such person's share, as determined under section 12-714, in the Connecticut fiduciary adjustment.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 12-701 of the general statutes is amended by adding subdivisions (35) and (36) as follows:

(NEW) (35) "Holocaust victim settlement payment" means a payment received: (A) As a result of a settlement of the action entitled In re Holocaust Victims' Asset Litigation, C.A. No. 96-4849, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York; (B) under the German act regulating unresolved property claims, also known as Gesetz zur Regelung offener Vermogensfragen, or any other foreign law providing payments for Holocaust claims; or (C) as a result of the settlement of any other Holocaust claim, including insurance claims, claims relating to looted art, claims relating to looted financial assets, or claims relating to slave labor wages. "Holocaust victim settlement payment" includes any interest on any such payment accumulated or accrued through the date of payment. "Holocaust victim settlement payment" does not include any amount received from any asset acquired with any asset recovered, returned, or otherwise given as compensation to a Holocaust victim as a Holocaust victim settlement payment or with the proceeds from the sale of any asset recovered, returned, or otherwise given as compensation to a Holocaust victim as a Holocaust victim settlement payment.

(NEW) (36) "Holocaust victim" means an individual who died or lost property as a result of discriminatory laws, policies or actions targeted against discrete groups of individuals based on race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or national origin, whether or not the individual was actually a member of any of those groups, or because the individual assisted or allegedly assisted any of those groups, between January 1, 1929, and December 31, 1945, in the country of Nazi Germany, areas occupied by Nazi Germany, those European countries allied with Nazi Germany, areas occupied by those European countries allied with Nazi Germany or any other neutral European country or area in Europe under the influence or threat of invasion by Nazi Germany or by any European country allied with or occupied by Nazi Germany. "Holocaust victim" includes the spouse or descendant of a Holocaust victim.

Sec. 3. Subdivision (24) of subsection (a) of section 12-701 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(24) "Adjusted federal tentative minimum tax" of an individual means such individual's federal tentative minimum tax or, in the case of an individual whose Connecticut adjusted gross income includes modifications described in subparagraph (A)(i), (A)(ii), (A)(v), (A)(vi), (A)(vii) or (A)(viii) of subdivision (20) of subsection (a) of this section, as amended by this act, or subparagraph (B)(i), (B)(ii), (B)(v), (B)(vi), (B)(vii), (B)(viii), (B)(ix), [or] (B)(x) or (B)(xiii) of subdivision (20) of subsection (a) of this section, as amended by this act, the amount that would have been the federal tentative minimum tax if such tax were calculated by including, to the extent not includable in federal alternative minimum taxable income, the modifications described in subparagraph (A)(i), (A)(ii), (A)(v), (A)(vi), (A)(vii) or (A)(viii) of subdivision (20) of subsection (a) of this section, by excluding, to the extent includable in federal alternative minimum taxable income, the modifications described in subparagraph (B)(i), (B)(ii), (B)(v), (B)(vi), (B)(vii), (B)(viii), (B)(ix), [or] (B)(x) or (B)(xiii) of subdivision (20) of subsection (a) of this section, as amended by this act, and by excluding, to the extent includable in federal alternative minimum taxable income, the amount of any interest income or exempt-interest dividends, as defined in Section 852(b)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, from obligations that are issued by or on behalf of the state of Connecticut, any political subdivision thereof, or public instrumentality, state or local authority, district, or similar public entity that is created under the laws of the state of Connecticut, or from obligations that are issued by or on behalf of any territory or possession of the United States, any political subdivision of such territory or possession, or public instrumentality, authority, district or similar public entity of such territory or possession, the income with respect to which taxation by any state is prohibited by federal law. If such individual is a beneficiary of a trust or estate, then, in calculating his or her federal tentative minimum tax, his or her federal alternative taxable income shall be increased or decreased, as the case may be, by the net amount of such individual's proportionate share of the Connecticut fiduciary adjustment relating to modifications that are described in, to the extent not includable in federal alternative minimum taxable income, subparagraph (A)(i), (A)(ii), (A)(v), (A)(vi), (A)(vii) or (A)(viii) of subdivision (20) of subsection (a) of this section, as amended by this act, or, to the extent includable in federal alternative minimum taxable income, subparagraph (B)(i), (B)(ii), (B)(v), (B)(vi), (B)(vii), (B)(viii), (B)(ix), [or] (B)(x) or (B)(xiii) of subdivision (20) of subsection (a) of this section, as amended by this act.

Sec. 4. Subdivision (30) of subsection (a) of section 12-701 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(30) "Adjusted federal alternative minimum taxable income" of an individual means his or her federal alternative minimum taxable income or, in the case of an individual whose Connecticut adjusted gross income includes modifications described in subparagraph (A)(i), (A)(ii), (A)(v), (A)(vi), (A)(vii) or (A)(viii) of subdivision (20) of subsection (a) of this section, as amended by this act, or subparagraph (B)(i), (B)(ii), (B)(v), (B)(vi), (B)(vii), (B)(viii), (B)(ix), [or] (B)(x) or (B)(xiii) of subdivision (20) of subsection (a) of this section, as amended by this act, the amount that would have been the federal alternative minimum taxable income if such amount were calculated by including, to the extent not includable in federal alternative minimum taxable income, the modifications described in subparagraph (A)(i), (A)(ii), (A)(v), (A)(vi), (A)(vii) or (A)(viii) of subdivision (20) of subsection (a) of this section, as amended by this act, by excluding, to the extent includable in federal alternative minimum taxable income, the modifications described in subparagraph (B)(i), (B)(ii), (B)(v), (B)(vi), (B)(vii), (B)(viii), (B)(ix), [or] (B)(x) or (B)(xiii) of subdivision (20) of subsection (a) of this section, as amended by this act, and by excluding, to the extent includable in federal alternative minimum taxable income, the amount of any interest income or exempt-interest dividends, as defined in Section 852(b)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, from obligations that are issued by or on behalf of the state of Connecticut, any political subdivision thereof, or public instrumentality, state or local authority, district, or similar public entity that is created under the laws of the state of Connecticut, or from obligations that are issued by or on behalf of any territory or possession of the United States, any political subdivision of such territory or possession, or public instrumentality, authority, district or similar public entity of such territory or possession, the income with respect to which taxation by any state is prohibited by federal law. If such individual is a beneficiary of a trust or estate, then, for purposes of calculating his or her adjusted federal alternative minimum taxable income, his or her federal alternative minimum taxable income shall also be increased or decreased, as the case may be, by the net amount of such individual's proportionate share of the Connecticut fiduciary adjustment relating to modifications to the extent not includable in federal alternative minimum taxable income, that are described in subparagraph (A)(i), (A)(ii), (A)(v), (A)(vi), (A)(vii) or (A)(viii) of subdivision (20) of subsection (a) of this section, as amended by this act, or to the extent includable in federal alternative minimum taxable income, subparagraph (B)(i), (B)(ii), (B)(v), (B)(vi), (B)(vii), (B)(viii), (B)(ix), [or] (B)(x) or (B)(xiii) of subdivision (20) of subsection (a) of this section, as amended by this act.

Sec. 5. (NEW) Any Holocaust victims' settlement payment, as defined in subdivision (35) of section 12-701 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, to a Holocaust victim, as defined in subdivision (36) of section 12-701 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, shall be excluded from any calculation of income for purposes of determining the eligibility for, or the benefit level of, such individual in any needs-based program under the general statutes or determining the ability of such individual to repay benefits to the state as a legally liable relative of a recipient of assistance under such program.

Sec. 6. This act shall take effect from its passage and sections 1 to 4, inclusive, shall be applicable to taxable years commencing on or after January 1, 2000, and section 5 shall be applicable to any application for state assistance pending on or after the effective date of this act.

Approved May 26, 2000