43-1602. Certification as a school tuition organization
A. A nonprofit organization in this state that is exempt or has applied for exemption from federal taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code may apply to the department of revenue for certification as a school tuition organization, and the department shall certify the school tuition organization if it meets the requirements prescribed by this chapter. An organization must apply for certification on a form prescribed and furnished on request by the department.
B. The department shall:
1. Maintain a public registry of currently certified school tuition organizations.
2. Make the registry available to the public on request.
3. Post the registry on the department's official website.
C. The department shall send written notice by certified mail to a school tuition organization if the department determines that the school tuition organization has engaged in any of the following activities:
1. Failed or refused to allocate at least ninety percent of annual revenues from contributions made for the purposes of sections 43-1089 and 43-1089.03 for educational scholarships or tuition grants.
2. Failed or refused to file the annual reports required by section 43-1604.
3. Limited the availability of scholarships to students of only one school.
4. Encouraged, facilitated or knowingly permitted taxpayers to engage in actions prohibited by this article.
5. Awarded, restricted or reserved educational scholarships or tuition grants for use by a particular student based solely on the recommendation of the donor.
6. Failed or refused to meet any of the requirements in section 43-1603, subsection B.
7. Failed or refused to include the notice required in section 43-1603, subsection C.
8. Failed or refused to comply with the audit or financial review requirements of section 43-1605.
D. A school tuition organization that receives notice from the department pursuant to subsection C of this section has ninety days to correct the violation identified by the department in the notice. If a school tuition organization fails or refuses to comply after ninety days, the department may remove the organization from the list of certified school tuition organizations and shall make available to the public notice of removal as soon as possible. An organization that is removed from the list of certified school tuition organizations must notify any taxpayer who attempts to make a contribution that the contribution is not eligible for the tax credit and offer to refund all donations received after the date of the notice of termination of certification.
E. A school tuition organization may request an administrative hearing on the revocation of its certification as provided by title 41, chapter 6, article 10. Except as provided in section 41-1092.08, subsection H, a decision of the department is subject to judicial review pursuant to title 12, chapter 7, article 6.