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AB-524 Personal income taxes: deduction: removal of dead or dying trees.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/18/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 18, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 524


Introduced by Assembly Member Bigelow
(Principal coauthor: Senator Berryhill)
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Ridley-Thomas)

February 13, 2017


An act to add and repeal Section 17209 to of the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to taxation, to take effect immediately, tax levy.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 524, as amended, Bigelow. Personal income taxes: deduction: removal of dead or dying trees.
The Personal Income Tax Law, in modified conformity with federal income tax laws, allows various deductions in computing the income that is subject to the taxes imposed by that law, including miscellaneous itemized deductions that are allowed only to the extent that the aggregate amount of those deductions exceeds 2% of adjusted gross income.
This bill, upon appropriation of specified funds by the Legislature, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, and before January 1, 2023, would allow a deduction for expenses paid or incurred by a taxpayer in the taxable year in connection with the removal of a dead or dying tree on real property owned by the taxpayer, as specified.
This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 17209 is added to the Revenue and Taxation Code, to read:

17209.
 (a) For each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2018, and before January 1, 2023, there shall be allowed as a deduction an amount equal to the qualified tree removal expenses paid or incurred by a taxpayer during the taxable year.
(b) For purposes of this section, “qualified tree removal expenses” means expenses paid or incurred in connection with the removal of a dead or dying tree on real property owned by the taxpayer or by a person hired by the taxpayer.
(c) This section shall become operative on the effective date of any budget measure specifically appropriating funds to the Franchise Tax Board for its costs of administering this section.
(d) This section shall remain in effect only until December 1, 2023, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 This act provides for a tax levy within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect.