Creates the veterans' outreach advisory board; authorizes a tax check-off for gifts to such board.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the tax law, the state finance law and the executive law, in relation to creating a veterans' outreach advisory board and authorizing a tax check-off for gifts to such board
PURPOSE: To support programs and services for veterans by establishing an income tax check-off for voluntary donations.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill adds a new Section 625-a to the Tax Law to authorize a voluntary contribution check-off on New York State income tax forms for a Veterans' Outreach Advisory Board.
Section 2 of the bill adds a new Section 82 to the State Finance Law to establish a Gifts to Veterans' Outreach Advisory Board Fund.
Section 3 of the bill adds a new Section 369 to the Executive Law to establish within the Division of Veterans Affairs a Veterans' Outreach Advisory Board. The Board shall consist of the State Director and one County Veterans' Affairs Director from each of the judicial districts of the State, who shall serve 4-year terms. The Board is authorized to provide competitive grants to veterans' organizations to promote activities, programs and projects, while also promoting regional economic development within the State.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill would create a convenient and effective way for citizens to provide financial support to organizations that provide valuable programs and services to veterans.
The New York State income tax forms have been modified several times to provide a check-off option which enables a taxpayer to make a voluntary contribution to certain causes. This bill would allow a similar check-off option for donations that will be used to support veterans. The bill establishes a Veterans' Outreach Advisory Board, consisting of state and county veterans' officials, to administer the program.
Our veterans have made important contributions and sacrifices for our country. Many are in need of programs and assistance, and there are several veterans organizations throughout the State which meet these needs. This bill will create a funding source to help provide these services.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.10361 of 2012
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:There will be minimal costs involved in administering the program. Funds for the program will come from voluntary donations made by taxpayers.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4349 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 21, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. FARLEY -- 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, the state finance law and the executive law, in relation to creating a veterans' outreach advisory board and authorizing a tax check-off for gifts to such board 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 625-a to read as follows: S 625-A. GIFTS TO THE VETERANS' OUTREACH ADVISORY BOARD. EFFECTIVE FOR ANY TAXABLE YEAR COMMENCING ON OR AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN, AN INDIVIDUAL IN ANY TAXABLE YEAR MAY ELECT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE VETERANS' OUTREACH ADVISORY BOARD FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR VETER- ANS' ORGANIZATIONS. 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 A TAXPAYER TO MAKE SUCH CONTRIBUTION. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW ALL REVENUES COLLECTED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE CREDITED TO THE GIFTS TO VETERANS' OUTREACH ADVISORY BOARD FUND AND USED ONLY FOR THOSE PURPOSES SET FORTH IN SECTION EIGHT- Y-TWO OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW. S 2. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 82 to read as follows: S 82. GIFTS TO VETERANS' OUTREACH ADVISORY BOARD FUND. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED A GIFTS TO VETERANS' OUTREACH ADVISORY BOARD FUND. 2. SUCH FUND SHALL CONSIST OF ALL MONEYS RECEIVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE FROM GIFTS TO THE VETERANS' OUTREACH ADVISORY BOARD PURSUANT TO SECTION SIX HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE-A OF THE TAX LAW, AND ALL OTHER MONEYS APPROPRIATED, CREDITED, OR TRANSFERRED THERETO FROM ANY OTHER FUND OR SOURCE PURSUANT TO LAW. NOTHING CONTAINED HEREIN SHALLEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07898-01-3 S. 4349 2
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. SUCH MONEYS, AFTER APPROPRIATION BY THE LEGISLATURE, SHALL BE AVAILABLE TO THE VETERANS' OUTREACH ADVISORY BOARD TO CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES SET FORTH IN SECTION THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-NINE OF THE EXECUTIVE LAW, INCLUDING THE DISTRIBUTION OF COMPETITIVE GRANTS TO VETERANS' ORGANIZATIONS WITHIN THIS STATE TO PROMOTE ACTIVITIES, PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS OF SUCH ORGANIZATIONS. 4. MONIES SHALL BE PAYABLE FROM THE FUND ON THE AUDIT AND WARRANT OF THE COMPTROLLER ON VOUCHERS APPROVED AND CERTIFIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS. S 3. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 369 to read as follows: S 369. VETERANS' OUTREACH ADVISORY BOARD. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTAB- LISHED WITHIN THE DIVISION A VETERANS' OUTREACH ADVISORY BOARD. THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD SHALL CONSIST OF ONE COUNTY VETERANS' AFFAIRS DIRECTOR FROM EACH OF THE JUDICIAL DISTRICTS OF THE STATE AND THE DIREC- TOR, WHO SHALL SERVE AS THE CHAIR OF SUCH BOARD. EACH COUNTY VETERANS' AFFAIRS DIRECTOR SHALL BE CHOSEN FROM THE COUNTY VETERANS' AFFAIRS DIRECTORS WITHIN THE JUDICIAL DISTRICT SERVED BY SUCH COUNTY DIRECTOR AND SHALL SERVE FOR A TERM OF FOUR YEARS. VACANCIES IN OFFICE SHALL BE FILLED IN THE SAME MANNER AS THE REGIONAL APPOINTMENT. 2. THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD SHALL RECEIVE NO COMPENSATION FOR THEIR SERVICES AS MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, BUT EACH OF THEM SHALL BE ALLOWED THE NECESSARY AND ACTUAL EXPENSES WHICH HE OR SHE SHALL INCUR IN THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS OR HER DUTIES UNDER THIS SECTION. THE DIVISION SHALL PROVIDE STAFF AND SUPPORT NECESSARY FOR THE BOARD TO CARRY OUT ITS DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. 3. THE BOARD SHALL MEET AT SUCH TIMES AS THE CHAIR MAY DIRECT. A MAJORITY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD SHALL CONSTITUTE A QUORUM. 4. THE VETERANS' OUTREACH ADVISORY BOARD SHALL BE AUTHORIZED AND EMPOWERED TO: A. MAKE SUCH REASONABLE RULES AND REGULATIONS AS MAY BE NECESSARY FOR THE PROPER OPERATION OF SUCH BOARD; B. PROVIDE COMPETITIVE GRANTS TO VETERANS' ORGANIZATIONS WITHIN THIS STATE TO PROMOTE ACTIVITIES, PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS OF SUCH ORGANIZATIONS WHILE ALSO PROMOTING REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE STATE; C. TO HAVE ALL OTHER POWERS WHICH MAY BE REASONABLY IMPLIED FROM THE GRANTING OF EXPRESS POWERS BY THIS SECTION, TOGETHER WITH SUCH OTHER POWERS AS MAY BE INCIDENT TO OR NECESSARY FOR THE CARRYING OUT OF THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION; AND D. REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND TO THE LEGISLATURE CONCERNING ITS ACTIV- ITIES AT LEAST ONCE ANNUALLY. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.