HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 783        FILED ON: 1/17/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1469

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bruce J. Ayers

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act providing for a donation check-off box on state tax returns for the Massachusetts Youth in Government program.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

John F. Keenan

Norfolk and Plymouth

Patrick M. O'Connor

Plymouth and Norfolk

Tackey Chan

2nd Norfolk

Michael D. Brady

Second Plymouth and Bristol

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol

Walter F. Timilty

Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth

Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth

Julian Cyr

Cape and Islands

Michelle M. DuBois

10th Plymouth

John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex

Joan Meschino

3rd Plymouth

Steven Ultrino

33rd Middlesex

Jack Lewis

7th Middlesex

Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

Claire D. Cronin

11th Plymouth

Daniel Cahill

10th Essex

David M. Nangle

17th Middlesex

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Adrian Madaro

1st Suffolk

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Gerard Cassidy

9th Plymouth

Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

Joan B.  Lovely

Second Essex

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Shaunna L. O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Ryan C. Fattman

Worcester and Norfolk

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

Daniel J. Hunt

13th Suffolk

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Bud Williams

11th Hampden

William L. Crocker, Jr.

2nd Barnstable

Donald R. Berthiaume, Jr.

5th Worcester

Carmine L. Gentile

13th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 783        FILED ON: 1/17/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1469

By Mr. Ayers of Quincy, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1469) of Bruce J. Ayers and others for legislation to provide a donation check-off box on state tax returns for the establishment of the Y.M.C.A Youth and Government fund.  Revenue.

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 3498 OF 2015-2016.]

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court
(2017-2018)

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An Act providing for a donation check-off box on state tax returns for the Massachusetts Youth in Government program.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1. Chapter 10 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 35AAA, inserted by section 25 of chapter 165 of the acts of 2014, the following section:-

Section 35BBB. There shall be established and set up on the books of the commonwealth a separate fund to be known as the YMCA’s Youth & Government Fund to be used for the purposes of funding the YMCA’s Youth & Government program. The fund shall be administered by the state treasurer. The fund shall consist of all revenues received by the commonwealth pursuant to the voluntary check-off donation indicated on the department of revenue’s annual income tax return authorized by section 6O of chapter 62 and from public and private sources such as gifts, grants and donations to further fund the YMCA’s Youth & Government program. The state treasurer shall deposit amounts in the fund in accordance with section 34 of chapter 29 in a manner that will secure the highest interest rate available consistent with the safety of the fund and with the requirement that all amounts on deposit shall be available for immediate withdrawal at any time. The monies shall be expended by the state treasurer without further appropriation for the purposes of funding the YMCA’s Youth & Government program and any funds remaining at the end of any fiscal year shall not revert to the General Fund and shall be available for use in subsequent fiscal years.

SECTION 2. Chapter 62 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 6N,  as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, the following section:-

Section 6O. A person filing an individual or a joint return may voluntarily contribute all or part of any refund to which they are entitled, or may voluntarily add an amount on to any amount due, to be credited to the YMCA’s Youth & Government Fund. A contribution under this section may be made with respect to any taxable year at the time of filing a return of the tax established by this chapter for such taxable year. The commissioner shall prescribe the manner in which the contribution shall be made on the face of the return required by section 5 of chapter 62C; provided, however, that the commissioner shall assure that taxpayers filing any such forms are made clearly aware of their ability to make the contributions provided for by this section. The commissioner shall annually report the total amount designated under this section to the state treasurer, who shall credit such amount to the YMCA’s Youth & Government Fund.