(A) As used in this section:
(1) "Borrower" means any person that receives a loan from the director of development under section 166.21 of the Revised Code, regardless of whether the borrower is subject to the tax imposed by section 5747.02 of the Revised Code.
(B) Beginning with taxable year 2003 and ending with taxable years beginning in 2007, a nonrefundable credit is allowed against the tax imposed by section 5747.02 of the Revised Code equal to a borrower's qualified research and development loan payments made during the calendar year that includes the last day of the taxable year for which the credit is claimed. The amount of the credit for a taxable year shall not exceed one hundred fifty thousand dollars. No taxpayer is entitled to claim a credit under this section unless it has obtained a certificate issued by the director of development under division (D) of section 166.21 of the Revised Code and submits a copy of the certificate with its report for the taxable year. Failure to submit a copy of the certificate with the report does not invalidate a claim for a credit if the taxpayer submits a copy of the certificate within sixty days after the tax commissioner requests it. The credit shall be claimed in the order required under section 5747.98 of the Revised Code. The credit, to the extent it exceeds the taxpayer's tax liability for the taxable year after allowance for any other credits that precede the credit under this section in that order, shall be carried forward to the next succeeding taxable year or years until fully used. Any credit not fully utilized by the taxable year beginning in 2007 may be carried forward and applied against the tax levied by Chapter 5751. of the Revised Code to the extent allowed by section 5751.52 of the Revised Code.
(C) A borrower entitled to a credit under this section may assign the credit, or a portion thereof, to any of the following:
(1) A related member of that borrower;
(2) The owner or lessee of the eligible research and development project;
(3) A related member of the owner or lessee of the eligible research and development project.
A borrower making an assignment under this division shall provide written notice of the assignment to the tax commissioner and the director of development, in such form as the tax commissioner prescribes, before the credit that was assigned is used. The assignor may not claim the credit to the extent it was assigned to an assignee. The assignee may claim the credit only to the extent the assignor has not claimed it.
(D) If any taxpayer is a shareholder in an S corporation, a partner in a partnership, or a member in a limited liability company treated as a partnership for federal income tax purposes, the taxpayer shall be allowed the taxpayer's distributive or proportionate share of the credit available through the S corporation, partnership, or limited liability company.
(E) The aggregate credit against the taxes imposed by sections 5733.06 , 5733.065 , 5733.066 , and 5747.02 of the Revised Code that may be claimed under this section and section 5733.352 of the Revised Code by a borrower as a result of qualified research and development loan payments attributable during a calendar year to any one loan shall not exceed one hundred fifty thousand dollars.
Effective Date: 07-09-2003; 06-30-2005; 03-30-2006