California’s Elimination of NOL Suspension and Tax Credit limitation, Elective Pass-Through Entity Tax Expansion (English Version)

California Governor Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 113 (SB 113), which contains important California tax law changes, including reinstatement of business tax credits and net operating loss (NOL) deductions, as well as expansion of California’s pass-through entity (PTE) tax.

Assembly Bill 85 (AB 85) suspended use of NOLs for tax years 2020-2022 for taxpayers with California taxable income of at least $1 million. That bill also limited the use of business tax credits, such as research and development credits, for tax years 2020-2022 to $5 million annually. SB113 removes these limitations for tax year 2022. Refer to the following article for more information on AB 85: CALIFORNIA'S NOL SUSPENSION AND OTHER TAX INCREASE MEASURES

SB 113 also modifies the state’s elective PTE tax and corresponding tax credit. Under law existing prior to SB 113, for tax years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2021, and before Jan. 1, 2026, qualifying PTEs may annually elect to pay an entity-level state tax on income. Qualified taxpayers receive a credit for their share of the entity-level tax, reducing their California personal income tax. Refer to the following article for more information on PTE: CALIFORNIA PASS-THROUGH ENTITY TAX ELECTION

SB 113 expands the availability and benefit of the elective PTE tax and corresponding tax credit with the following changes:

  • Including guaranteed payments as qualified net income subject to the PTE tax.
  • Expanding eligibility for the PTE tax to entities that have a partnership as a partner, member, or shareholder.
  • Expanding the definition of “qualified taxpayer” to include a limited liability company that is a disregarded entity meeting certain criteria.
  • Allowing the PTE tax credit to reduce a taxpayer’s tax below the tentative minimum tax.
  • Requiring the elective tax credit to be applied against the net tax after credits for taxes paid to other states, effective for tax years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2022.

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