senate Bill S1821

Permits taxpayers entitled to a refund to contribute to the support of the New York state veterans' homes

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 09 / Feb / 2009
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1821
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Investigations And Government Operations
Law Section:
Tax Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S1821

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the tax law and the state finance law, in relation to
authorizing personal income taxpayers to contribute to the support of
the New York state veterans' homes


PURPOSE :
To permit New York State taxpayers to voluntarily contribute a portion
of their state tax refund of any money that they so choose to finance
the operation of the State's Veterans' Homes via their income tax
return.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
An individual who will receive a tax refund in any taxable year may
elect to contribute to the support of the New York State Veterans'
Homes. Such contribution will reduce the amount of refund owed to the
taxpayer. The tax commission shall include space on the personal
income tax return to enable a taxpayer to make such contribution as
well as a space to contribute in general Notwithstanding any other
provision of law, all revenues collected pursuant to this section
shall be credited to the board of visitors of New York State Veterans'
Homes and used only for those purposes enumerated in article
twenty-six-A of the public health law.

JUSTIFICATION :
The State has an obligation to care for the health and welfare of its
older veterans. The State currently runs veterans' homes which are
largely self sufficient A portion of the costs of delivering care at
these facilities is absorbed by the State through its budget. This has
placed pressure on the State to avoid building any further homes even
though there is a growing need for such facilities. By allowing the
citizens of New York to voluntarily contribute to these homes, we can
make them fully self-sufficient. We currently have a checkoff on our
State income tax form for a Gift for Wildlife. Our concern for the
health of our aging veterans should be no less of a concern than the
protection of our environment. Other states have already placed this
option on their returns.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :

2008-07: S.121.A Referred to Investigations and Government
Operations
2006: Referred to Finance

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to taxable
years commencing on or after January 1, 2009.
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