senate Bill S2793

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Establishes a taxpayer abuse sanction to be imposed against the income of a public officer who commits a felony related to his or her service as a public officer

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S2793 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3639
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Add §608, Tax L; add §§99-t & 99-u, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S6823A, A9960A

S2793 - Bill Texts

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Establishes a taxpayer abuse sanction to be imposed against the income of a public officer who commits certain felonies related to his or her service as a public officer.

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BILL NUMBER:S2793

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the tax law, in relation to creating a taxpayer abuse
sanction,
and to amend the state finance law, in relation to establishing the
education taxpayer abuse penalty fund and the taxpayer abuse penalty fund

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To establish a taxpayer abuse sanction to be imposed against the
income of a public employee who commits a felony related to his or
her service as a public employee.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Amends the tax law by creating a new section 608 which
establishes the taxpayer abuse sanction to be levied against any
member of the public retirement system of the state who was
convicted of grand larceny in the first degree, grand larceny in the
second degree or scheme to defraud in the first degree where such
conviction resulted from acts committed which related to the nature
of such member's public service.

Section 2. Amends the state finance law by establishing the Education
Taxpayer Abuse Penalty Fund and the Taxpayer Abuse Fund both of which
are hereby established in the joint custody of the commissioner of
taxation and finance and the comptroller. These funds shall serve the
purpose of distributing money to a school district of municipality,
of which a convicted person was employed, equal to the dollar amount
of the sanction imposed upon a convicted person.

Section 3. Effective Date.

JUSTIFICATION:
It is a privilege and an honor to be a member of the New York State
Retirement System, and thus, its members must be held to the highest
ethical standards. It is the belief of this legislation's sponsor, or
sponsors, as well as a great many residents across New York State,
that those who violate the public trust by using their positions to
unlawfully enrich themselves with taxpayer money, or scheme to
defraud the taxpayers they are supposed to serve, should not continue
to receive benefits from the State of New York. New York State has
enacted similar legislation in the past. section 632a of the
Executive Law, more commonly known as the "Son of Sam" law, put
restrictions on the income of criminals trying to profit from their
crimes. This measure will achieve this goal, as well as provide
additional protections to taxpayers by
offering this stiff deterrent to those seek to abuse the system.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Potential increased revenue to the state resulting from any future
sanction fees.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to taxable
years beginning on or after January 1, 2010.

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

                                  2793

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- 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, in relation to creating  a  taxpayer  abuse
  sanction,  and  to  amend the state finance law, in relation to estab-
  lishing the education taxpayer abuse penalty  fund  and  the  taxpayer
  abuse penalty 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 608 to  read
as follows:
  S 608. TAXPAYER ABUSE SANCTION.  (A) FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE
TERM  "PUBLIC  RETIREMENT  SYSTEM  OF THE STATE" SHALL MEAN THE NEW YORK
STATE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM, THE NEW YORK STATE AND LOCAL  POLICE
AND  FIRE  RETIREMENT  SYSTEM,  THE  NEW YORK STATE TEACHERS' RETIREMENT
SYSTEM, THE NEW YORK CITY EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT  SYSTEM,  THE  NEW  YORK
CITY TEACHERS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM, THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE PENSION FUND,
THE  NEW YORK CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT PENSION FUND, THE NEW YORK CITY BOARD
OF EDUCATION RETIREMENT SYSTEM AND ANY OTHER RETIREMENT  SYSTEM  OF  THE
STATE OR CITY OF NEW YORK.
  (B)  FOR  TAXABLE YEARS BEGINNING ON OR AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOU-
SAND ELEVEN, THERE SHALL BE A SANCTION IMPOSED AGAINST THE INCOME OF ANY
MEMBER OF A PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEM OF THE STATE, WHO WAS CONVICTED OF:
(1) GRAND LARCENY IN THE FIRST DEGREE PURSUANT TO SECTION 155.42 OF  THE
PENAL  LAW;  (2)  GRAND LARCENY IN THE SECOND DEGREE PURSUANT TO SECTION
155.40 OF THE PENAL LAW; OR (3) SCHEME TO DEFRAUD IN  THE  FIRST  DEGREE
PURSUANT  TO  SECTION 190.65 OF THE PENAL LAW; WHERE SUCH CONVICTION WAS
BASED UPON ACTS COMMITTED WHICH RELATED TO THE NATURE OF  SUCH  MEMBER'S
PUBLIC SERVICE.
  (C)  SUCH  SANCTION SHALL BE IMPOSED FOR ANY TAXABLE YEAR DURING WHICH
SUCH MEMBER OF A PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEM OF THE STATE  IS  ELIGIBLE  TO

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06940-01-1

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RECEIVE  A PENSION BENEFIT AND SHALL BE IN AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE AMOUNT
OF ANY SUCH BENEFIT RECEIVED DURING SUCH TAXABLE YEAR.
  (D)  MONIES  RECEIVED  FROM SANCTIONS IMPOSED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION
SHALL:
  (1) FOR MONIES RECEIVED FROM SANCTIONS IMPOSED FOR A CONVICTION  OF  A
PERSON  WHO  IS  A  MEMBER  OF  THE  NEW YORK STATE TEACHERS' RETIREMENT
SYSTEM, THE NEW YORK CITY TEACHERS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM OR  THE  NEW  YORK
CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION RETIREMENT SYSTEM, BE DEPOSITED IN THE EDUCATION
TAXPAYER   ABUSE   PENALTY   FUND   ESTABLISHED   PURSUANT   TO  SECTION
NINETY-NINE-T OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW AND DISTRIBUTED PURSUANT  TO  THE
PROVISIONS OF SUCH SECTION; OR
  (2)  FOR  MONIES RECEIVED FROM SANCTIONS IMPOSED FOR A CONVICTION OF A
PERSON WHO IS A MEMBER OF  THE  NEW  YORK  STATE  EMPLOYEES'  RETIREMENT
SYSTEM,  THE NEW YORK STATE AND LOCAL POLICE AND FIRE RETIREMENT SYSTEM,
THE NEW YORK CITY EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM, THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE
PENSION FUND, THE NEW YORK CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT  PENSION  FUND,  OR  ANY
OTHER  RETIREMENT  SYSTEM  OF THE STATE OR CITY OF NEW YORK OTHER THAN A
RETIREMENT SYSTEM SET FORTH IN PARAGRAPH ONE  OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION,  BE
DEPOSITED  IN  THE  TAXPAYER  ABUSE PENALTY FUND ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO
SECTION NINETY-NINE-U OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW AND DISTRIBUTED  PURSUANT
TO THE PROVISIONS OF SUCH SECTION.
  S  2. The state finance law is amended by adding two new sections 99-t
and 99-u to read as follows:
  S 99-T. EDUCATION TAXPAYER ABUSE PENALTY  FUND.  1.  THERE  IS  HEREBY
ESTABLISHED  IN  THE  JOINT  CUSTODY OF THE COMMISSIONER OF TAXATION AND
FINANCE AND THE COMPTROLLER, A SPECIAL FUND TO BE KNOWN AS  THE  "EDUCA-
TION TAXPAYER ABUSE PENALTY FUND".
  2.  SUCH FUND SHALL CONSIST OF ALL REVENUES RECEIVED BY THE DEPARTMENT
OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH ONE  OF
SUBDIVISION  (D)  OF  SECTION  SIX  HUNDRED EIGHT OF THE TAX LAW AND ALL
OTHER MONEYS APPROPRIATED, CREDITED, OR  TRANSFERRED  THERETO  FROM  ANY
OTHER  FUND OR SOURCE PURSUANT TO LAW. NOTHING CONTAINED IN THIS SECTION
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. ANY INTEREST RECEIVED BY THE  COMPTROLLER  ON
MONEYS  ON  DEPOSIT IN SUCH FUND SHALL BE RETAINED IN AND BECOME PART OF
SUCH FUND.
  3. MONEYS IN SUCH FUND SHALL BE DISTRIBUTED TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN THE
STATE WHERE PERSONS SUBJECT TO THE  PROVISIONS  OF  SUBDIVISION  (B)  OF
SECTION  SIX  HUNDRED  EIGHT OF THE TAX LAW WERE EMPLOYED AT THE TIME OF
THE COMMISSION OF THE ACT OR ACTS UPON WHICH SUCH CONVICTION WAS  BASED.
THE  AMOUNT  OF MONEYS IN THE FUND THAT SHALL BE DISTRIBUTED TO A SCHOOL
DISTRICT PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION  SHALL  BE  EQUAL  TO  THE  DOLLAR
AMOUNT  OF  THE  SANCTION IMPOSED UPON SUCH CONVICTED PERSON. ANY MONEYS
RECEIVED BY THE FUND FROM A SOURCE OTHER THAN A SANCTION IMPOSED  PURSU-
ANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION (B) OF SECTION SIX HUNDRED EIGHT OF
THE  TAX LAW SHALL BE DISTRIBUTED EQUALLY AMONG SCHOOL DISTRICTS LOCATED
IN THE STATE.
  4. MONEYS SHALL BE PAYABLE FROM THE FUND ON THE AUDIT AND  WARRANT  OF
THE  STATE COMPTROLLER ON VOUCHERS APPROVED AND CERTIFIED BY THE COMMIS-
SIONER OF TAXATION AND FINANCE.
  5. TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE, MONEYS OF THE FUND SHALL BE  DISTRIBUTED
TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS AT LEAST ONCE ANNUALLY.
  S 99-U. TAXPAYER ABUSE PENALTY FUND. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED IN
THE  JOINT  CUSTODY  OF THE COMMISSIONER OF TAXATION AND FINANCE AND THE

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COMPTROLLER, A SPECIAL FUND TO BE KNOWN AS THE "TAXPAYER  ABUSE  PENALTY
FUND".
  2.  SUCH FUND SHALL CONSIST OF ALL REVENUES RECEIVED BY THE DEPARTMENT
OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH TWO  OF
SUBDIVISION  (D)  OF  SECTION  SIX  HUNDRED EIGHT OF THE TAX LAW AND ALL
OTHER MONEYS APPROPRIATED, CREDITED, OR  TRANSFERRED  THERETO  FROM  ANY
OTHER  FUND OR SOURCE PURSUANT TO LAW. NOTHING CONTAINED IN THIS SECTION
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. ANY INTEREST RECEIVED BY THE  COMPTROLLER  ON
MONEYS  ON  DEPOSIT IN SUCH FUND SHALL BE RETAINED IN AND BECOME PART OF
SUCH FUND.
  3. MONEYS IN SUCH FUND SHALL BE DISTRIBUTED TO MUNICIPALITIES  IN  THE
STATE  WHERE  PERSONS  SUBJECT  TO  THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION (B) OF
SECTION SIX HUNDRED EIGHT OF THE TAX LAW WERE EMPLOYED AT  THE  TIME  OF
THE  COMMISSION  OF THE ACT OR ACTS UPON WHICH SUCH CONVICTION WAS BASED
OR TO THE STATE IF SUCH PERSON WAS EMPLOYED BY THE STATE. THE AMOUNT  OF
MONEYS IN THE FUND THAT SHALL BE DISTRIBUTED TO A MUNICIPALITY OR TO THE
STATE  PURSUANT  TO THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE EQUAL TO THE DOLLAR AMOUNT
OF THE SANCTION IMPOSED UPON SUCH CONVICTED PERSON. ANY MONEYS  RECEIVED
BY  THE FUND FROM A SOURCE OTHER THAN A SANCTION IMPOSED PURSUANT TO THE
PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION (B) OF SECTION SIX HUNDRED EIGHT  OF  THE  TAX
LAW  SHALL  BE  DISTRIBUTED  EQUALLY AMONG MUNICIPALITIES LOCATED IN THE
STATE.
  4. MONEYS SHALL BE PAYABLE FROM THE FUND ON THE AUDIT AND  WARRANT  OF
THE  STATE COMPTROLLER ON VOUCHERS APPROVED AND CERTIFIED BY THE COMMIS-
SIONER OF TAXATION AND FINANCE.
  5. TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE, MONEYS OF THE FUND SHALL BE  DISTRIBUTED
TO MUNICIPALITIES AT LEAST ONCE ANNUALLY.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to taxable
years beginning on or after January 1, 2011.

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