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SB-637 Personal income taxes: voluntary contributions: Prevention of Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Nov 18, 2019


SECTION 1.

 The heading of Article 23 (commencing with Section 18901) of Chapter 3 of Part 10.2 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code is amended to read:

Article  23. Prevention of Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund

SEC. 2.

 Section 18901 of the Revenue and Taxation Code is amended to read:

18901.
 (a) An individual may designate on the tax return that a contribution in excess of the tax liability, if any, be made to the Prevention of Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund established by Section 18901.1. That designation is to be used as a voluntary contribution on the tax return.
(b) The contributions shall be in full dollar amounts and may be made individually by each signatory on a joint return.
(c) A designation under subdivision (a) shall be made for a taxable year on the original return for that taxable year and once made is irrevocable. If payments and credits reported on the return, together with any other credits associated with the taxpayer’s account, do not exceed the taxpayer’s liability, the return shall be treated as though no designation has been made.
(d) When another voluntary contribution designation is removed from the tax return, or as soon as space is available, whichever occurs first, the Franchise Tax Board shall revise the form of the return to include a space labeled the “Prevention of Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund” to allow for the designation permitted. The form shall also include in the instructions information that the contribution may be in the amount of one dollar ($1) or more and that the contribution shall be used to fund all of the following:
(1) Programs designed to prevent and eliminate cat and dog homelessness.
(2) Prevention, investigation, and prosecution of animal cruelty and neglect.
(e) A deduction shall be allowed under Article 6 (commencing with Section 17201) of Chapter 3 of Part 10 for any contribution made pursuant to subdivision (a).

SEC. 3.

 Section 18901.1 of the Revenue and Taxation Code is amended to read:

18901.1.
 There is hereby established in the State Treasury the Prevention of Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund to receive contributions made pursuant to Section 18901. The Franchise Tax Board shall notify the Controller of both the amount of money paid by taxpayers in excess of their tax liability and the amount of refund money that taxpayers have designated pursuant to Section 18901 to be transferred to the Prevention of Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund. The Controller shall transfer from the Personal Income Tax Fund to the Prevention of Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund an amount not in excess of the sum of the amounts designated by individuals pursuant to Section 18901 for payment into that fund.

SEC. 4.

 Section 18901.2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code is amended to read:

18901.2.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, all moneys transferred to the Prevention of Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund, shall be continuously appropriated and allocated as follows:
(1) To the Franchise Tax Board and the Controller for reimbursement of all costs incurred by the Franchise Tax Board and the Controller in connection with their duties under this article.
(2) To the Department of Food and Agriculture for allocation as follows:
(A) Up to 5 percent of the funds allocated to the department shall be used by the department for the development of a mechanism to provide ongoing public awareness through activities that will promote the charitable tax deduction for the fund and seek continued contributions. These activities may include convening a philanthropic roundtable, developing literature for use by the city, county, or city and county animal control agency or shelter that is current on its reporting requirements to the State Department of Public Health, Veterinary Public Health Section, a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals affiliate, or a humane society affiliate for dissemination, and whatever other activities are deemed necessary and appropriate to promote the fund.
(B) Up to two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) shall be distributed to, and used by, a city, county, or city and county animal control agency or shelter that is current on its reporting requirements to the State Department of Public Health, Veterinary Public Health Section for the sole purpose of supporting spay and neuter activities by that entity to prevent and eliminate cat and dog homelessness. From contributions received on and after January 1, 2020, a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals affiliate or a humane society affiliate is eligible for these funds if the society is under contract to provide all animal control services for a local public agency.
(C) The remaining moneys, if any, shall be used by programs designed to prevent and eliminate cat and dog homelessness or programs for the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of animal cruelty and neglect. The grants are to be distributed to a city, county, or city and county animal control agency or shelter that is current on its reporting requirements to the State Department of Public Health, Veterinary Public Health Section, a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals affiliate, or a humane society affiliate. A society for the prevention of cruelty to animals affiliate or a humane society affiliate shall be a California corporation, duly incorporated in the State of California, in active status, as described on the business search page of the Secretary of State’s internet website, and exempt from federal income taxation as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
(b) The Department of Food and Agriculture shall award grants through a competitive, project-specific grant process and shall be responsible for overseeing that grant program. A grantee shall not use a grant award for administrative expenses or for any purposes outside of California.
(c) The Department of Food and Agriculture may consult with the State Department of Public Health to develop the grant process and the oversight of the grant program.
(d) No Prevention of Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund money shall be used to supplant state General Fund money for any purpose.
(e) The Department of Food and Agriculture shall report on its internet website information provided by local public agencies regarding the process for awarding money, the amount of money spent on administration, and an itemization of how program funds were awarded.

SEC. 5.

 Section 18901.3 of the Revenue and Taxation Code is amended to read:

18901.3.
 (a) Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (b), this article shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2023, and is repealed as of December 1 of that year.
(b) (1) By September 1 of the second calendar year and by September 1 of each subsequent calendar year that the Prevention of Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund appears on the tax return, the Franchise Tax Board shall determine whether the amount of contributions estimated to be received during the calendar year will equal or exceed the minimum contribution amount for the calendar year. The Franchise Tax Board shall estimate the amount of contributions to be received by using the actual amounts received and an estimate of the contributions that will be received by the end of that calendar year.
(2) If the Franchise Tax Board determines that the amount of the contributions estimated to be received during a calendar year will not at least equal the minimum contribution amount for the calendar year, this article shall be inoperative with respect to taxable years beginning on or after January 1 of that calendar year and shall be repealed on December 1 of that year.
(3) For purposes of this section, the minimum contribution amount for a calendar year means two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000).