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AB-511 Income taxes: voluntary contributions: American Red Cross, California Chapters Fund.(2013-2014)

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Assembly Bill No. 511
CHAPTER 451

An act to add and repeal Article 12 (commencing with Section 18830) of Chapter 3 of Part 10.2 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to taxation.

[ Approved by Governor  October 01, 2013. Filed with Secretary of State  October 01, 2013. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 511, Pan. Income taxes: voluntary contributions: American Red Cross, California Chapters Fund.
The Personal Income Tax Law authorizes taxpayers to contribute amounts in excess of their tax liability for the support of specified funds.
This bill would authorize taxpayers to designate on their tax returns that a specified amount in excess of their tax liability be transferred to the American Red Cross, California Chapters Fund, which is created by this bill. This bill would require that all moneys contributed to the fund pursuant to these provisions, upon appropriation by the Legislature, be allocated to the Franchise Tax Board and the Controller for reimbursement and to the Office of Emergency Services to disburse the moneys to the American Red Cross, California Chapters for planning and implementing programs for disaster relief, and to ensure state oversight of that disbursement, as prescribed. This bill also would require a plan for the use of these contributions to be submitted to the Office of Emergency Services, as provided.
This bill would provide that these voluntary contribution provisions are inoperative and repealed on the earlier of the following: inoperative on January 1 of the 5th taxable year following the first appearance of the fund on the tax return and repealed on December 1 of that year or inoperative for taxable years beginning on or after January 1 of the calendar year in which the Franchise Tax Board estimates by September 1 that the contributions made on returns filed in that calendar year will be less than $250,000, or an adjusted amount for subsequent taxable years, and repealed on December 1 of that calendar year.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Article 12 (commencing with Section 18830) is added to Chapter 3 of Part 10.2 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, to read:
Article  12. American Red Cross, California Chapters Fund

18830.
 (a) An individual may designate on the tax return that a contribution in excess of tax liability, if any, be made to the American Red Cross, California Chapters Fund established by Section 18831.
(b) A contribution shall be in a full dollar amount and may be made individually by each signatory on a joint return.
(c) A designation made under subdivision (a) shall be made for any taxable year on the original return for that taxable year, and once made shall be irrevocable. In the event that payments and credits reported on the return, together with any other credits associated with the taxpayer’s account do not exceed the taxpayer’s tax liability, if any, the return shall be treated as though no designation had been made. In the event that no designee is specified, the contribution shall, after reimbursement of the direct actual costs of the Franchise Tax Board for the collection and administration of funds under this article, be transferred to the General Fund.
(d) If an individual designates a contribution to more than one account or fund listed on the tax return, and the amount available is insufficient to satisfy the total amount designated, the contribution shall be allocated among the designated accounts on a pro rata basis.
(e) The Franchise Tax Board shall revise the form of the return to include a space labeled the “American Red Cross, California Chapters Fund” to allow for the designation permitted under subdivision (a). 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 by the American Red Cross, California Chapters for planning and implementing programs for disaster relief in California. The American Red Cross Capital Region Chapter, on behalf of the American Red Cross, California Chapters, shall submit to the Office of Emergency Services within 60 days of receiving the contributions from the Office of Emergency Services, a plan for the use of the contributions received under the act.
(f) Notwithstanding any other provision, a voluntary contribution designation for the American Red Cross, California Chapters Fund shall not be added on the tax return until another voluntary contribution designation is removed or as soon as space is available.
(g) 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).

18831.
 There is hereby established in the State Treasury the American Red Cross, California Chapters Fund to receive contributions made pursuant to Section 18830. 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 18830 to be transferred to the American Red Cross, California Chapters Fund. The Controller shall transfer from the Personal Income Tax Fund to the American Red Cross, California Chapters Fund an amount not in excess of the sum of the amounts designated by individuals pursuant to Section 18830 for payment into that fund.

18832.
 All money transferred to the American Red Cross, California Chapters Fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, shall be allocated as follows:
(a) To the Franchise Tax Board and the Controller only for reimbursement of all costs incurred by the Franchise Tax Board and the Controller in connection with their duties under this article.
(b) (1) (A) To the Office of Emergency Services to disburse the moneys to the American Red Cross, California Chapters, for the purposes set forth in Section 18830, and to ensure state oversight of that disbursement.
(B) All moneys allocated pursuant to subparagraph (A) may be carried over from the year in which they were received.
(2) The American Red Cross, California Chapters shall not use more than 5 percent of the moneys received pursuant to this article for administrative costs.

18833.
 (a) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (2) of subdivision (b), this article shall remain in effect only until January 1 of the fifth taxable year following the first appearance of the American Red Cross, California Chapters Fund on the personal income tax return, and is repealed as of December 1 of that year.
(b) (1) By September 1 of the second calendar year and each subsequent calendar year that the American Red Cross, California Chapters Fund appears on the tax return, the Franchise Tax Board shall do all of the following:
(A) Determine the minimum contribution amount required to be received during the next calendar year for the fund to appear on the tax return for the taxable year that includes that next calendar year.
(B) Determine whether the amount of contributions estimated to be received during the calendar year will equal or exceed the minimum contribution amount determined by the Franchise Tax Board for the calendar year pursuant to subparagraph (A). 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 is 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 calendar year.
(3) For purposes of this section, the minimum contribution amount for a calendar year means two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) for the second calendar year after the first appearance of the American Red Cross, California Chapters Fund on the personal income tax return or the minimum contribution amount as adjusted pursuant to subdivision (c).
(c) For each calendar year, beginning with the third calendar year after the first appearance of the American Red Cross, California Chapters Fund on the personal income tax return, the Franchise Tax Board shall adjust, on or before September 1 of that calendar year, the minimum contribution amount specified in subdivision (b) as follows:
(1) The minimum contribution amount for the calendar year shall be an amount equal to the product of the minimum contribution amount for the prior calendar year multiplied by the inflation factor adjustment as specified in subparagraph (A) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (h) of Section 17041, rounded off to the nearest dollar.
(2) The inflation factor adjustment used for the calendar year shall be based on the figures for the percentage change in the California Consumer Price Index for all items received on or before August 1 of the calendar year pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (h) of Section 17041.
(d) Notwithstanding the repeal of this article, any contribution amounts designated pursuant to this article prior to its repeal shall continue to be transferred and disbursed in accordance with this article as in effect immediately prior to that repeal.