Bill S353-2011

Allows taxpayers to contribute to the support of the animal population control fund by marking a space on a corporate or personal income tax return

Allows taxpayers to contribute to the support of the animal population control fund by marking a space on a corporate or personal income tax return.

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Actions

  • Apr 18, 2012: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • Jan 24, 2011: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 5, 2011: REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

Meetings

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Investigations and Government Operations - Jan 24, 2011
Ayes (7): Marcellino, Gallivan, Golden, Nozzolio, Zeldin, Squadron, Diaz
Nays (1): Peralta
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Investigations and Government Operations - Apr 18, 2012
Ayes (7): Marcellino, Alesi, Golden, Nozzolio, Zeldin, Squadron, Diaz
Nays (1): Peralta

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S353

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the tax law, in relation to contributions to the animal population control fund

PURPOSE OF BILL: Authorizes a tax check off for gifts and contributions to the Animal Population Control Fund which provides to cat and dog owners low cost spaying and neutering services.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Agriculture and Markets Law is amended to allow the Commissioner to accept these contributions and the tax law is amended to add two new sections, 209-g and 630-b, which allow corporate and individual taxpayers to donate to the Animal Population Control Fund.

JUSTIFICATION: There is no doubt that across this state and country we are facing a major crisis with the overpopulation of unwanted cats and dogs as more and more animals are being turned over to shelters and other pet rescue organizations. According to the National Council on Pet population Study and Policy, between 1994 and 1997 over 15 million cats and dogs were entered into animal shelters and this number does not seem to be decreasing. To address this burgeoning problem, the Department of Agriculture and Markets administers the Animal population Control Fund which provides vouchers for the low cost spaying and neutering of cats and dogs. To supplement this successful program, this bill would allow taxpayers to donate directly to this fund when filing their Corporate or personal income tax returns and in this small way greatly enhance the state's ability to assist with the spaying and neutering of animals. Through this increased funding and public awareness we will, hopefully, be able to finally control the overpopulation of our furry friends in and throughout New York State.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2006: Referred to Rules 2007: Referred to Agriculture 2008: Referred to Agriculture 2009: Referred to Agriculture 2010: Referred to Agriculture

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 353 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. ROBACH -- 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, in relation to contributions to the animal population control 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 209-h to read as follows: S 209-H. GIFTS FOR THE ANIMAL POPULATION CONTROL FUND. EFFECTIVE FOR ANY TAX YEAR COMMENCING ON OR AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND TWELVE, A TAXPAYER IN ANY TAXABLE YEAR MAY ELECT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE SUPPORT OF THE ANIMAL POPULATION CONTROL FUND. SUCH CONTRIBUTION SHALL BE IN ANY WHOLE DOLLAR AMOUNT AND SHALL NOT REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF STATE TAX OWED BY SUCH TAXPAYER. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL INCLUDE SPACE ON THE CORPORATE INCOME TAX RETURN TO ENABLE A TAXPAYER TO MAKE SUCH CONTRIBUTION. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, ALL REVENUES COLLECTED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE CREDITED TO THE ANIMAL POPULATION CONTROL FUND AND SHALL BE USED ONLY FOR THOSE PURPOSES ENUMERATED IN SECTION NINETY-SEVEN-XX OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW. S 2. The tax law is amended by adding a new section 630-c to read as follows: S 630-C. GIFTS FOR ANIMAL POPULATION CONTROL FUND. EFFECTIVE FOR ANY TAX YEAR COMMENCING ON OR AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND TWELVE, AN INDIVIDUAL IN ANY TAXABLE YEAR MAY ELECT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE ANIMAL POPULATION CONTROL FUND. SUCH CONTRIBUTION SHALL BE IN ANY WHOLE DOLLAR AMOUNT AND SHALL NOT REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF STATE TAX OWED BY SUCH INDI- VIDUAL. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL INCLUDE SPACE ON THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX RETURN TO ENABLE THE TAXPAYER TO MAKE SUCH CONTRIBUTION. NOTWITHSTAND- ING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, ALL REVENUES COLLECTED PURSUANT TO THIS
SECTION SHALL BE CREDITED TO THE ANIMAL POPULATION CONTROL FUND AND USED ONLY FOR THOSE PURPOSES ENUMERATED IN SECTION NINETY-SEVEN-XX OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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