State of Arizona
House of Representatives
Second Regular Session
HOUSE BILL 2627
amending section 43-1088, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to individual income tax credits.
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Section 43-1088, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
43-1088. Credit for contribution to qualifying charitable organizations; definitions
A. A credit is allowed against the taxes imposed by this title for voluntary cash contributions by the taxpayer or on the taxpayer's behalf pursuant to section 43‑401, subsection I during the taxable year to a qualifying charitable organization not to exceed:
1. Two hundred dollars in any taxable year for a single individual or a head of household.
2. Four hundred dollars in any taxable year for a married couple filing a joint return.
B. A husband and wife who file separate returns for a taxable year in which they could have filed a joint return may each claim only one-half of the tax credit that would have been allowed for a joint return.
C. If the allowable tax credit exceeds the taxes otherwise due under this title on the claimant's income, or if there are no taxes due under this title, the taxpayer may carry forward the amount of the claim not used to offset the taxes under this title for not more than five consecutive taxable years' income tax liability.
D. The credit allowed by this section:
1. Is allowed only if the taxpayer itemizes deductions pursuant to section 43‑1042 for the taxable year.
2. Is in lieu of a deduction pursuant to section 170 of the internal revenue code and taken for state tax purposes.
E. Taxpayers taking a credit authorized by this section shall provide the name of the qualifying charitable organization and the amount of the contribution to the department of revenue on forms provided by the department.
F. A qualifying charitable organization shall provide the department of revenue with a written certification that it meets all criteria to be considered a qualifying charitable organization. The organization shall also notify the department of any changes that may affect the qualifications under this section.
G. The charitable organization's written certification must be signed by an officer of the organization under penalty of perjury. The written certification must include the following:
1. Verification of the organization's status under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code or verification that the organization is a designated community action agency that receives community services block grant program monies pursuant to 42 United States Code section 9901.
2. Financial data indicating the organization's budget for the organization's prior operating year and the amount of that budget spent on services to residents of this state who either:
(a) Receive temporary assistance for needy families benefits.
(b) Are low income residents of this state.
(c) Are chronically ill or physically disabled children.
3. A statement that the organization plans to continue spending at least fifty per cent of its budget on services to residents of this state who receive temporary assistance for needy families benefits, who are low income residents of this state or who are chronically ill or physically disabled children.
4. A statement that the organization does not provide, pay for, promote, or provide coverage of or provide referrals for abortions and does not financially support any other entity that provides, pays for, promotes, or provides coverage of or provides referrals for abortions.
H. The department shall review each written certification and determine whether the organization meets all the criteria to be considered a qualifying charitable organization and notify the organization of its determination. The department may also periodically request recertification from the organization. The department shall compile and make available to the public a list of the qualifying charitable organizations.
I. For the purposes of this section:
1. "Chronically ill or physically disabled children" has the same meaning prescribed in section 36‑260.
2. "Low income residents" means persons whose household income is less than one hundred fifty per cent of the federal poverty level.
3. "Qualifying charitable organization" means a charitable organization that is exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code or is a designated community action agency that receives community services block grant program monies pursuant to 42 United States Code section 9901. The organization must spend at least fifty per cent of its budget on services to residents of this state who receive temporary assistance for needy families benefits or low income residents of this state and their households or to chronically ill or physically disabled children who are residents of this state. Taxpayers choosing to make donations through an umbrella charitable organization that collects donations on behalf of member charities shall designate that the donation be directed to a member charitable organization that would qualify under this section on a stand‑alone basis. Qualifying charitable organization does not include any entity that provides, pays for, promotes, or provides coverage of or provides referrals for abortions or that financially supports any other entity that provides, pays for, promotes, or provides coverage of or provides referrals for abortions.
4. "Services" means cash assistance, medical care, child care, food, clothing, shelter, job placement and job training services or any other assistance that is reasonably necessary to meet immediate basic needs and that is provided and used in this state.
Sec. 2. Severability
If a provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of the act that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this act are severable.
APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR APRIL 17, 2012.
FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 17, 2012.