senate Bill S6752

Establishes a tax credit for farmers who make food donations to food banks or other emergency food programs

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  • 16 / Mar / 2012
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 31 / May / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Establishes a tax credit for farmers who make food donations to food banks or other emergency food programs.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7278
Versions:
S6752
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง606, Tax L

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BILL NUMBER:S6752

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the tax law, in relation to establishing a credit for farmers
who donate to a food bank or other emergency food program

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill allows farmers to claim a
tax credit for food donations made to a food bank or other emergency
food program for 25% of the farmer's qualified donations. Food
donations must be made to food banks or other emergency food programs
operating within this state.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 - Section 606 of the Tax Law
is amended by adding a new subsection (n-1).

JUSTIFICATION:
Farmers should be rewarded for providing needed food to
food pantries and food banks instead of it going to waste. This bill
would also encourage more farmers to donate their excess fruits and
vegetables creating greater food supply at emergency food programs.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately on January 1,
2012, provided, however, if this act shall have become a law after
such date it shall take effect immediately and shall be deemed to
have been in full force and effect on and after January 1, 2012.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6752

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 16, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  RANZENHOFER,  RITCHIE,  VALESKY -- read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
  Investigations and Government Operations

AN  ACT  to  amend the tax law, in relation to establishing a credit for
  farmers who donate to a food bank or other emergency food program

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Section  606  of  the  tax law is amended by adding a new
subsection (n-1) to read as follows:
  (N-1) CREDIT FOR DONATIONS TO FOOD BANK OR EMERGENCY FOOD PROGRAM. (1)
GENERAL. IN THE CASE OF A TAXPAYER WHO  IS  AN  ELIGIBLE  FARMER,  THERE
SHALL  BE  ALLOWED  A  CREDIT,  TO  BE  COMPUTED AS HEREINAFTER PROVIDED
AGAINST THE TAX IMPOSED BY THIS ARTICLE FOR THE TAXABLE YEAR REDUCED  BY
THE CREDITS PERMITTED BY THIS ARTICLE. THE AMOUNT OF THE CREDIT SHALL BE
TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE TAXPAYER'S QUALIFIED DONATIONS, AS DEFINED IN
PARAGRAPH  (3)  OF THIS SUBSECTION, MADE TO ANY FOOD BANK OR OTHER EMER-
GENCY FOOD PROGRAM OPERATING WITHIN THIS STATE. IF  THE  CREDIT  EXCEEDS
THE  TAX  AS  SO REDUCED, THE TAXPAYER MAY RECEIVE, AND THE COMPTROLLER,
SUBJECT TO A CERTIFICATE OF THE COMMISSIONER, SHALL PAY AS  AN  OVERPAY-
MENT, WITHOUT INTEREST, THE AMOUNT OF SUCH EXCESS.
  (2) ELIGIBLE FARMER. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBSECTION, THE TERM "ELIGI-
BLE FARMER" MEANS A TAXPAYER WHOSE FEDERAL GROSS INCOME FROM FARMING FOR
THE  TAXABLE YEAR IS AT LEAST TWO-THIRDS OF EXCESS FEDERAL GROSS INCOME.
EXCESS FEDERAL GROSS INCOME MEANS THE AMOUNT  OF  FEDERAL  GROSS  INCOME
FROM  ALL SOURCES FOR THE TAXABLE YEAR REDUCED BY THE SUM (NOT TO EXCEED
THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS) OF THOSE ITEMS INCLUDED IN FEDERAL GROSS INCOME
WHICH CONSIST OF (I) EARNED INCOME,  (II)  PENSION  PAYMENTS,  INCLUDING
SOCIAL  SECURITY  PAYMENTS,  (III)  INTEREST,  AND  (IV)  DIVIDENDS. FOR
PURPOSES OF THIS PARAGRAPH, THE TERM "EARNED INCOME" SHALL  MEAN  WAGES,
SALARIES, TIPS AND OTHER EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION, AND THOSE ITEMS OF GROSS
INCOME  WHICH  ARE  INCLUDIBLE  IN  THE COMPUTATION OF NET EARNINGS FROM
SELF-EMPLOYMENT. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS PARAGRAPH, PAYMENTS  FROM  THE
STATE'S  FARMLAND  PROTECTION PROGRAM, ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10940-01-1

S. 6752                             2

AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS, SHALL BE INCLUDED AS FEDERAL GROSS INCOME  FROM
FARMING FOR OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE FARMERS.
  (3)  QUALIFIED  DONATION.  FOR  PURPOSES  OF THIS SUBSECTION, THE TERM
"QUALIFIED DONATION" MEANS A DONATION OF ANY EDIBLE FOOD ITEM TO A  FOOD
BANK OR OTHER EMERGENCY FOOD PROGRAM OPERATING WITHIN THIS STATE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on January 1, 2012; provided, however,
if this act shall have become a law after such date it shall take effect
immediately and shall be deemed to have been in full force and effect on
and after January 1, 2012.

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