S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
May 16, 2013
Introduced by Sen. RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
AN ACT to amend the tax law, in relation to providing a credit against
tax for the purchase of low vision devices
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 (ww) to read as follows:
(WW) LOW VISION DEVICE CREDIT. (1) A TAXPAYER SHALL BE ALLOWED A CRED-
IT, TO BE COMPUTED AS PROVIDED IN THIS SUBSECTION, AGAINST THE TAX
IMPOSED PURSUANT TO SECTION SIX HUNDRED ONE OF THIS PART. THE AMOUNT OF
CREDIT SHALL EQUAL THE AMOUNT PAID BY THE TAXPAYER DURING THE TAXABLE
YEAR AND NOT COMPENSATED BY INSURANCE OR OTHERWISE, FOR THE PURCHASE OF
ANY QUALIFIED LOW VISION DEVICE.
(2) FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS SUBSECTION, "QUALIFIED LOW VISION DEVICE"
SHALL MEAN A LOW VISION DEVICE FOR THE USE OF MAGNIFYING, ENHANCING OR
OTHERWISE AUGMENTING A VISUAL IMAGE AND WHICH IS INTENDED FOR USE BY THE
TAXPAYER OR AN INDIVIDUAL WITH RESPECT TO WHOM THE TAXPAYER, FOR THE
TAXABLE YEAR, IS ALLOWED A PERSONAL EXEMPTION FOR DEPENDENTS.
(3) THIS SUBSECTION SHALL APPLY TO ANY INDIVIDUAL FOR ANY TAXABLE YEAR
ONLY IF SUCH INDIVIDUAL ELECTS TO HAVE THIS SECTION APPLY FOR SUCH TAXA-
BLE YEAR. AN ELECTION TO HAVE THIS SECTION APPLY MAY NOT BE MADE FOR ANY
TAXABLE YEAR IF SUCH ELECTION IS IN EFFECT WITH RESPECT TO SUCH INDIVID-
UAL FOR EITHER OF THE TWO TAXABLE YEARS PRECEDING SUCH TAXABLE YEAR.
(4) NO CREDIT SHALL BE ALLOWED FOR ANY LOW VISION DEVICE EXPENSES FOR
WHICH A DEDUCTION OR CREDIT IS ALLOWED UNDER ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS
(5) IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AMOUNT OF THE CREDIT PROVIDED BY THIS
SUBSECTION EXCEED THE TAXPAYER'S TAX FOR THE TAXABLE YEAR. HOWEVER, IF
THE AMOUNT OF CREDIT OTHERWISE ALLOWABLE PURSUANT TO THIS SUBSECTION FOR
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
S. 5375 2
ANY TAXABLE YEAR RESULTS IN SUCH EXCESS AMOUNT, ANY AMOUNT OF CREDIT NOT
DEDUCTIBLE IN SUCH TAXABLE YEAR MAY BE CARRIED OVER TO THE FOLLOWING
YEAR OR YEARS AND MAY BE DEDUCTED FROM THE TAXPAYER'S TAX FOR SUCH YEAR
S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to taxable
years beginning on and after the first of January next succeeding the
date on which it shall have become a law.