senate Bill S3408

Amended

Establishes the veterans of foreign wars service officers fund

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  • 01 / Feb / 2013
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 06 / Feb / 2014
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 06 / Feb / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 3408A

Summary

Establishes the veterans service organizations fund and provides for gifts made to such fund on an individual's personal income tax return.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S3408
S3408A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Investigations And Government Operations
Law Section:
Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Add §630-c, Tax L; add §99-u, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S2724A

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BILL NUMBER:S3408

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the tax law and the state finance law,
in relation to gifts for the support of the veterans of foreign wars
service officers fund

PURPOSE: To create a voluntary contribution on the state personal
income tax return for Veterans of Foreign Wars Service Officers.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 adds section 630-c to the tax law, which creates the option to
contribute to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Service Officers Fund on New
York State personal income tax returns.

Section 2 adds section 99-u to the state finance law, which creates the
Veterans of Foreign Wars Service Officers Fund.

JUSTIFICATION: Veterans are entitled to certain services. Accessing
these services can be difficult, though. Veterans of Foreign Wars
Service Officers help cut through the red tape and connect veterans with
the services that they have earned.

By allowing taxpayers to voluntarily contribute to the Veterans of
Foreign Wars Service Officers Fund, we are providing budget-neutral
support to our veterans.

Note that the veteran does not need to be a member of the Veterans of
Foreign Wars to receive assistance from the Service Officers.

A VFW Service Officer:

* Offers research and advice to veterans who wish to handle their own
claims.

* Assists veterans who are filing original claims for compensation
and/or pension with the Department of Veterans Affairs and complete the
required VA forms on behalf of the claimant.

* Assists veterans in reopening claims for service-connected disabili-
ties and complete the required VA forms.

* Follows up on status of claims filed by veterans with the VA Regional
Office.

* Files Notice of Disagreement with the VA Regional Office if a veteran
believes the decision made by the VA was incorrect.

* Reviews statements of the case from the VA regarding denials of claim
and assist veterans with the preparation of responses.

* Assists veterans or surviving spouses in the preparation of appeals
for denial of claims and file the appeals with the local VA Regional
Office for forwarding to the Board of Veterans Appeals in Washington,
D.C.

* Completes VA Forms other than for original claims.

* Answers/researches telephone inquiries regarding medical, death/burial
and other miscellaneous benefits.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S. 2724-A - Referred to Investigations and Govern-
ment Operations

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  3408

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. ADDABBO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
  ment Operations

AN ACT to amend the tax law and the state finance law,  in  relation  to
  gifts for the support of the veterans of foreign wars service officers
  fund

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

  Section 1. The tax law is amended by adding a  new  section  630-c  to
read as follows:
  S  630-C.  GIFT TO THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS SERVICE OFFICERS FUND.
EFFECTIVE FOR ANY TAX YEAR COMMENCING ON OR  AFTER  JANUARY  FIRST,  TWO
THOUSAND  ELEVEN,  AN INDIVIDUAL MAY ELECT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE VETERANS
OF FOREIGN WARS SERVICE OFFICERS FUND CREATED PURSUANT TO SECTION  NINE-
TY-NINE-U  OF  THE  STATE FINANCE LAW FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE VETERANS OF
FOREIGN WARS SERVICE OFFICERS,  WHO  HELP  ASSIST  VETERANS  IN  GAINING
ACCESS  TO DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS BENEFITS THEY ARE ENTITLED TO.
SUCH CONTRIBUTION SHALL BE IN ANY WHOLE  DOLLAR  AMOUNT  AND  SHALL  NOT
REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF TAX OWED BY SUCH INDIVIDUAL. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL
INCLUDE  SPACE ON THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX RETURN TO ENABLE A TAXPAYER TO
MAKE SUCH CONTRIBUTION. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW,  ALL
REVENUE COLLECTED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE CREDITED TO THE FUND
AND  USED  ONLY FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS SERVICE
OFFICERS.
  S 2. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 99-u  to
read as follows:
  S  99-U.  VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS SERVICE OFFICERS FUND.  1. THERE IS
HEREBY CREATED IN THE JOINT CUSTODY OF THE  STATE  COMPTROLLER  AND  THE
COMMISSIONER OF TAXATION AND FINANCE A FUND TO BE KNOWN AS THE "VETERANS
OF FOREIGN WARS SERVICE OFFICERS FUND".

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01019-01-3

S. 3408                             2

  2.  SUCH FUND SHALL CONSIST OF ALL REVENUES RECEIVED BY THE DEPARTMENT
OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, PURSUANT  TO  THE  PROVISIONS  OF  SECTION  SIX
HUNDRED THIRTY-C OF THE TAX LAW AND ALL OTHER MONEYS APPROPRIATED, CRED-
ITED,  OR  TRANSFERRED THERETO FROM ANY OTHER FUND OR SOURCE PURSUANT TO
LAW. FOR EACH STATE FISCAL YEAR, THERE SHALL BE APPROPRIATED TO THE FUND
BY  THE  STATE, IN ADDITION TO ALL OTHER MONEYS REQUIRED TO BE DEPOSITED
INTO SUCH FUND, AS AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE AMOUNTS OF MONEYS  COLLECTED  AND
DEPOSITED  INTO THE FUND PURSUANT TO SECTION SIX HUNDRED THIRTY-C OF THE
TAX LAW DURING THE PRECEDING CALENDAR YEAR, AS CERTIFIED  BY  THE  COMP-
TROLLER. NOTHING CONTAINED HEREIN SHALL PREVENT THE STATE FROM RECEIVING
GRANTS,  GIFTS  OR  BEQUESTS  FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE FUND AS DEFINED IN
THIS SECTION AND DEPOSITING THEM INTO THE FUND ACCORDING TO LAW.
  3. MONEYS OF THE FUND MAY BE INVESTED BY THE  STATE  COMPTROLLER,  AND
INCOME FROM THE INVESTMENTS OF MONEYS DEPOSITED TO THIS FUND PURSUANT TO
SECTION  SIX HUNDRED THIRTY-C OF THE TAX LAW SHALL BE CREDITED SOLELY TO
THIS FUND.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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