Nebraska Revised Statute 77-4928
Wage benefit credit; application for agreement; contents; fee; approval.
(1) In order for the employee and company to be eligible for the wage benefit credit, the company shall file an application for an agreement with the board.
(2) The application shall contain:
(a) The exact name of the company and any related companies which will be included in the project;
(b) A statement describing, in detail, the nature of the company's business, including the products sold and respective markets;
(c) A detailed narrative that describes the proposed project, including how the company intends to attain and maintain the job and investment requirements;
(d) A request that the company be considered for approval under the Quality Jobs Act;
(e) If more than one location within this state is to be involved in the project, sufficient documentation to show that the employment and investment at the different locations are interdependent parts of the project plan;
(f) A copy of the corporate authorization for the project;
(g) A copy of the company's most recent financial report, federal income tax return, Nebraska income tax return, Nebraska reconciliation of income tax withheld, and Nebraska sales and use tax identification number;
(h) The number of base-year employees, the expected number of new employees, the expected timing of the hiring of the new employees, the anticipated timing and amounts of new investment in buildings and equipment, and the average salaries expected by category for the new employees to be employed at the project; and
(i) A five-thousand-dollar nonrefundable application fee payable to the Department of Revenue. The fee shall be remitted to the Nebraska Incentives Fund.
(3) The application and all supporting information shall be confidential except for the name of the company, the location of the project, the amounts of increased employment and investment, the result of the net benefit calculations, and whether the application has been approved.
(4) The board shall determine whether to approve the company's application by majority vote based on its determination as to whether the project will sufficiently help enable the state to accomplish the purposes of the Quality Jobs Act. The board shall be governed by and shall take into consideration all of the following factors in making its determination:
(a) The timing, number, wage levels, employee benefit package, and types of new jobs to be created by the project;
(b) The type of industry in which the company and the project would be engaged;
(c) The timing, amount, and types of investment in qualified property to be made at the project; and
(d) Whether the board believes the project would occur in this state regardless of whether the application was approved.
(5) The board shall notify the company in writing as to whether it has approved or not approved the application. The board shall decide and mail such notice within thirty days after receipt of the application whether it approves or disapproves the application, unless such time is extended by mutual written consent of the board and the company.
(6) A project shall be considered eligible under the act and may be approved by the board only if the application defines a project consistent with the legislative purposes contained in section 77-4902 in one or more qualified business activities within this state that will result in (a) the investment in qualified property of at least fifty million dollars and the hiring of a number of new employees of at least five hundred or (b) the investment in qualified property of at least one hundred million dollars and the hiring of a number of new employees of at least two hundred fifty. The new investment and employment shall occur within seven years, meaning by the end of the sixth year after the end of the year the application was filed, and shall be maintained for the entire entitlement period. These thresholds shall constitute the required levels of employment and investment for purposes of the act.
(7) If the project application is approved by the board, the company and the state shall enter into a written agreement, which shall be executed on behalf of the state by the Tax Commissioner. In the agreement the company shall agree to complete the project and the state shall designate the approved plans of the company as a project and, in consideration of the company's agreement, agree to allow the wage benefit credit as provided for in the act. The application, and all supporting documentation, to the extent approved, shall be considered a part of the agreement. The agreement shall contain such terms and conditions as the board shall specify in order to carry out the legislative purposes of the act. The agreement shall contain provisions to allow the Department of Revenue to verify that the required levels of employment have been attained and maintained.
(8) The address of the board shall be the address of the Department of Revenue.
- Laws 1995, LB 829, § 28;
- Laws 1998, LB 939, § 1;
- Laws 2008, LB914, § 19.
The Legislature has determined that most of the information in applications under the Quality Jobs Act should be kept confidential, without exception or limitation. Wasikowski v. Nebraska Quality Jobs Bd., 264 Neb. 403, 648 N.W.2d 756 (2002).