Establishes the veterans of foreign wars service officers fund and provides for gifts made to such fund on an individual's personal income tax return.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the tax law and the state finance law, in relation to gifts for the support of the veterans of foreign wars service officers fund
PURPOSE: To create a voluntary contribution on the state personal income tax return for Veterans of Foreign Wars Service Officers.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 adds section 630-c to the tax law, which creates the option to contribute to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Service Officers Fund on New York State personal income tax returns.
Section 2 adds section 99-u to the state finance law, which creates the Veterans of Foreign Wars Service Officers Fund.
JUSTIFICATION: Veterans are entitled to certain services. Accessing these services can be difficult, though. Veterans of Foreign Wars Service Officers help cut through the red tape and connect veterans with the services that they have earned.
By allowing taxpayers to voluntarily contribute to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Service Officers Fund, we are providing budget-neutral support to our veterans.
Note that the veteran does not need to be a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars to receive assistance from the Service Officers.
A VFW Service Officer:
* Offers research and advice to veterans who wish to handle their own claims.
* Assists veterans who are filing original claims for compensation and/or pension with the Department of Veterans Affairs and complete the required VA forms on behalf of the claimant.
* Assists veterans in reopening claims for service-connected disabilities and complete the required VA forms.
* Follows up on status of claims filed by veterans with the VA Regional Office.
* Files Notice of Disagreement with the VA Regional Office if a veteran believes the decision made by the VA was incorrect.
* Reviews statements of the case from the VA regarding denials of claim and assist veterans with the preparation of responses.
* Assists veterans or surviving spouses in the preparation of appeals for denial of claims and file the appeals with the local VA Regional Office for forwarding to the Board of Veterans Appeals in Washington, D.C.
* Completes VA Forms other than for original claims.
* Answers/researches telephone inquiries regarding medical, death/burial and other miscellaneous benefits.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S. 2724-A - Referred to Investigations and Government Operations
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3408 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 1, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. ADDABBO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern- ment Operations AN ACT to amend the tax law and the state finance law, in relation to gifts for the support of the veterans of foreign wars service officers fund THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The tax law is amended by adding a new section 630-c to read as follows: S 630-C. GIFT TO THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS SERVICE OFFICERS FUND. EFFECTIVE FOR ANY TAX YEAR COMMENCING ON OR AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND ELEVEN, AN INDIVIDUAL MAY ELECT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS SERVICE OFFICERS FUND CREATED PURSUANT TO SECTION NINE- TY-NINE-U OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS SERVICE OFFICERS, WHO HELP ASSIST VETERANS IN GAINING ACCESS TO DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS BENEFITS THEY ARE ENTITLED TO. SUCH CONTRIBUTION SHALL BE IN ANY WHOLE DOLLAR AMOUNT AND SHALL NOT REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF TAX OWED BY SUCH INDIVIDUAL. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL INCLUDE SPACE ON THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX RETURN TO ENABLE A TAXPAYER TO MAKE SUCH CONTRIBUTION. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, ALL REVENUE COLLECTED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE CREDITED TO THE FUND AND USED ONLY FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS SERVICE OFFICERS. S 2. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 99-u to read as follows: S 99-U. VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS SERVICE OFFICERS FUND. 1. THERE IS HEREBY CREATED IN THE JOINT CUSTODY OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER AND THE COMMISSIONER OF TAXATION AND FINANCE A FUND TO BE KNOWN AS THE "VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS SERVICE OFFICERS FUND".EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01019-01-3 S. 3408 2
2. SUCH FUND SHALL CONSIST OF ALL REVENUES RECEIVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION SIX HUNDRED THIRTY-C OF THE TAX LAW AND ALL OTHER MONEYS APPROPRIATED, CRED- ITED, OR TRANSFERRED THERETO FROM ANY OTHER FUND OR SOURCE PURSUANT TO LAW. FOR EACH STATE FISCAL YEAR, THERE SHALL BE APPROPRIATED TO THE FUND BY THE STATE, IN ADDITION TO ALL OTHER MONEYS REQUIRED TO BE DEPOSITED INTO SUCH FUND, AS AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE AMOUNTS OF MONEYS COLLECTED AND DEPOSITED INTO THE FUND PURSUANT TO SECTION SIX HUNDRED THIRTY-C OF THE TAX LAW DURING THE PRECEDING CALENDAR YEAR, AS CERTIFIED BY THE COMP- TROLLER. NOTHING CONTAINED HEREIN SHALL PREVENT THE STATE FROM RECEIVING GRANTS, GIFTS OR BEQUESTS FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE FUND AS DEFINED IN THIS SECTION AND DEPOSITING THEM INTO THE FUND ACCORDING TO LAW. 3. MONEYS OF THE FUND MAY BE INVESTED BY THE STATE COMPTROLLER, AND INCOME FROM THE INVESTMENTS OF MONEYS DEPOSITED TO THIS FUND PURSUANT TO SECTION SIX HUNDRED THIRTY-C OF THE TAX LAW SHALL BE CREDITED SOLELY TO THIS FUND. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.