REFERENCE TITLE: tax exemptions; dependents; inflation indexing
State of Arizona
House of Representatives
Second Regular Session
Representatives Mosley: Bowers, Campbell, Clodfelter, Cook, John, Leach, Livingston, Martinez, Mesnard, Norgaard, Payne, Rivero, Saldate, Shope, Stringer, Thorpe, Townsend, Ugenti-Rita, Weninger, Senators Burges, Cajero Bedford, Fann, Farnsworth D, Kerr, Petersen, Pratt, Smith, Worsley
Amending section 43-1023, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to income tax exemption for dependents.
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Section 43-1023, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
43-1023. Exemptions for blind persons, dependents and persons over sixty‑five years of age
A. A taxpayer is allowed an exemption of one thousand five hundred dollars:
1. For a taxpayer who is blind or if either the taxpayer's central visual acuity does not exceed 20/200 in the better eye with correcting lenses or the taxpayer's visual acuity is greater than 20/200 but is accompanied by a limitation in the fields of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than twenty degrees.
2. For the taxpayer's spouse if a separate return is made by the taxpayer, and if the spouse is blind, as defined described in paragraph 1 of this subsection, has no Arizona adjusted gross income for the calendar year in which the taxable year of the taxpayer begins and is not the dependent of another taxpayer. For the purposes of this paragraph, the determination of whether the spouse is blind shall be made at the close of the taxable year of the taxpayer. If the spouse dies during such that taxable year, the determination shall be made as of the time of the spouse's death.
B. A taxpayer is allowed an exemption of two thousand three hundred dollars for:
1. Each dependent of the taxpayer, as defined in section 43‑1001, except that for taxable years beginning:
(a) From and after December 31, 2018 through December 31, 2019, the amount of the exemption under this paragraph is two thousand three hundred fifty dollars.
(b) From and after December 31, 2019 through December 31, 2020, the amount of the exemption under this paragraph is two thousand four hundred dollars.
(c) From and after December 31, 2020, the department shall adjust the dollar amount of the exemption under this paragraph according to the average annual change in the metropolitan Phoenix consumer price index published by the United States department of labor, bureau of labor statistics.
2. Each person age sixty‑five or older regardless of the person's relationship to the taxpayer:
(a) If the taxpayer pays more than one‑fourth of the total cost of maintaining such the person in a nursing care institution or residential care institution licensed pursuant to title 36, chapter 4, or an assisted living facility provider of a type certified pursuant to title 11, chapter 2, article 7, if such the payments exceed eight hundred dollars in the taxable year.
(b) If the taxpayer otherwise makes payments exceeding eight hundred dollars in the taxable year for home health care or other types of medical care.
3. For taxable years beginning from and after December 31, 2003, each birth for which a certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth has been issued pursuant to section 36‑330 if the child otherwise would have been a member of the taxpayer's household. The taxpayer may claim the exemption under this paragraph only in the taxable year in which the stillbirth occurred.
C. For taxable years beginning from and after December 31, 1998, a resident taxpayer is allowed an exemption of ten thousand dollars for each parent or ancestor of a parent of the taxpayer, who is age sixty‑five or older, who requires assistance with activities of daily living and who lives in the taxpayer's principal residence for the entire taxable year, if the taxpayer pays more than one‑half of the person's total support and maintenance costs. An exemption under this subsection is in lieu of an exemption under subsection B of this section for the same person.
D. A taxpayer shall not take more than one exemption for the same person under either subsection B or C of this section.
E. A taxpayer is allowed an exemption of two thousand one hundred dollars:
1. If the taxpayer has attained the age of sixty‑five before the close of the taxable year filing a separate or joint return and the taxpayer is not claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer.
2. For the taxpayer's spouse if the spouse has attained the age of sixty‑five before the close of the taxable year, a joint return is filed and the spouse is not a dependent of another taxpayer.