(a) A corporation shall pay, and the Secretary of the State shall charge and collect from such corporation, a franchise tax, based upon the number of shares which it will have authority to issue or the increase in the number of shares which it will have authority to issue, whenever it: (1) Files a certificate of incorporation; (2) files a certificate of amendment increasing the number of authorized shares; (3) files a certificate of merger increasing the number of authorized shares which a surviving or new domestic corporation will have authority to issue above the aggregate number of shares which the merging domestic corporations had authority to issue; or (4) files a certificate of correction increasing the number of authorized shares which the corporation will have authority to issue. The franchise tax payable on an increase in the number of authorized shares shall be imposed only on the increased number of such shares. A specially chartered corporation which shall reincorporate under sections 33-600 to 33-998 , inclusive, as provided in section 33-913 shall be taxed only to the extent, if any, by which the number of its authorized shares shall thereby be increased.
(b) The franchise tax shall be at the rate of one cent per share up to and including the first ten thousand authorized shares, one-half cent per share for each authorized share in excess of ten thousand shares up to and including one hundred thousand shares, one-quarter cent per share for each authorized share in excess of one hundred thousand shares up to and including one million shares and one-fifth cent per share for each authorized share in excess of one million shares.
(c) In no case shall any franchise tax payment upon the filing of a certificate of incorporation be less than one hundred fifty dollars.
(d) The taxes imposed by this section shall not apply to the authorization, issuance, transfer or exchange of stock or securities to make effective any plan of corporate reorganization or adjustment confirmed or approved as provided in subdivision (1), (2) or (3) of this subsection, provided the authorization, issuance, transfer or exchange of such stock or securities occurs within five years from the date of such confirmation or approval: (1) Confirmed under the Bankruptcy Act, 30 Stat. 544, USC Title 11 , 1 as amended, or the Bankruptcy Code, 92 Stat. 2549-2688, USC Title 11, as amended; 2 (2) approved in an equity receivership proceeding in a court involving a railroad as defined in Section 101(33) of the Bankruptcy Code , as amended, 92 Stat. 2553, 11 USC 101(33) ; (3) approved in an equity receivership proceeding in a court involving a corporation, as defined in Section 101(8) of the Bankruptcy Code , as amended, 92 Stat. 2550, 11 USC 101(8) .
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