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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 169         FILED ON: 1/14/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1376

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Michael O. Moore

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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 tax credits for hospitals providing charitable care.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 169        FILED ON: 1/14/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1376

By Mr. Michael O. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1376) of Michael O. Moore, Michael R. Knapik and Paul K. Frost for legislation to provide tax credits for hospitals providing charitable care.  Revenue. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act providing tax credits for hospitals providing charitable care.
 

              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.  Section 6 of chapter 62 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after subsection (r) the following subsection:

              (s)(1) For tax years ending on or after December 31, 2012, a taxpayer subject to tax under this chapter that is the owner of a hospital licensed under section 51 of chapter 111 of the General Laws, but not including a taxpayer that is exempt from federal income taxes under the Internal Revenue Code, shall be allowed a credit against its tax due under this chapter in an amount equal to the aggregate cost amount of free or discounted services provided in the commonwealth by the taxpayer during the tax year pursuant to the hospital's charitable financial assistance policy, measured at cost.

              (2) If the taxpayer is a partnership or Subchapter S corporation, the credit is allowed to the partners or shareholders in accordance with the determination of income and distributive share of income under Sections 702 and 704 and Subchapter S of the Internal Revenue Code; provided that credit amounts used by an S corporation against its excise under chapter 63 of the General Laws are not allowed to reduce the tax on the shareholders imposed under this chapter.   

              (3)  Any taxpayer entitled to a credit under this section for any taxable year, may carry over and apply to its tax for any one or more of the next succeeding five taxable years, the portion, as reduced from year to year, of its credit which exceeds its tax for the taxable year.

              (4) The credit under this section shall, at the election of the taxpayer, be refundable to the extent provided in paragraph (5).

              (5) At the written election of a taxpayer entitled to a credit under this section, the commissioner shall apply the credit against the liability of the taxpayer as determined on its return, as first reduced by any other available credits, and shall then refund to the taxpayer 100% of the balance of the credits.

              (6) All or any portion of tax credits issued in accordance with the provisions of this section may be transferred, sold or assigned to other taxpayers with tax liabilities under this chapter. Any tax credit that is transferred, sold or assigned and taken against taxes imposed by this chapter shall not be refundable. Any amount of the tax credit that exceeds the tax due for a taxable year may be carried forward by the transferee, buyer or assignee to any of the 5 subsequent taxable years from which a certificate is initially issued by the department of revenue.

              (7)  An owner, transferee or assignee desiring to make a transfer, sale or assignment shall submit to the commissioner a statement which describes the amount of tax credit for which the transfer, sale or assignment of tax credit is eligible. The owner, transferee or assignee shall provide to the commissioner such information as the commissioner may require for the proper allocation of the credit. The commissioner shall provide to the taxpayer a certificate of eligibility to transfer, sell or assign the tax credits. The commissioner shall not issue a certificate to a taxpayer that has an outstanding tax obligation with the commonwealth for any prior taxable year. A tax credit shall not be transferred, sold or assigned without a certificate.

              (8)  The commissioner of revenue shall promulgate such regulations as are necessary to implement this section.

              SECTION 2.  Chapter 63 of the General laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 38FF the following section:

              Section 38GG (a) For tax years ending on or after December 31, 2012, a corporation subject to tax under this chapter that is the owner of a hospital licensed under section 51 of chapter 111 of the General Laws, but not including an organization that is exempt from federal income taxes under the Internal Revenue Code, shall be allowed a credit against its excise due under this chapter in an amount equal to the aggregate cost amount of free or discounted services provided in the commonwealth by the corporation during the tax year pursuant to the hospital's charitable financial assistance policy, measured at cost.

              (b)  The credit allowed hereunder for any taxable year shall not reduce the excise to less than $456. 

              (c) In the case of corporations filing a combined return of income under section thirty-two B, a member of the combined group with an excess credit may apply its excess credit against the excise of another group member, to the extent that such other member can use additional the credit under the limitations of  paragraphs (b). Unused, unexpired credit generated by a member corporation shall be carried over from year to year by the individual corporation that generated the credit.

              (d)  Any corporation entitled to a credit under this section for any taxable year, may carry over and apply to its excise for any one or more of the next succeeding five taxable years, the portion, as reduced from year to year, of its credit which exceeds its excise for the taxable year.

              (e) The credit under this section shall, at the election of the taxpayer, be refundable to the extent provided in paragraph (f).

              (f) At the written election of a taxpayer entitled to a credit under this section, the commissioner shall apply the credit against the liability of the taxpayer as determined on its return, as first reduced by any other available credits, and shall then refund to the taxpayer 100% of the balance of the credits.

              (g) All or any portion of tax credits issued in accordance with the provisions of this section may be transferred, sold or assigned to other taxpayers with tax liabilities under this chapter or chapter 62. Any tax credit that is transferred, sold or assigned and taken against taxes imposed by this chapter or said chapter 62 shall not be refundable. Any amount of the tax credit that exceeds the tax due for a taxable year may be carried forward by the transferee, buyer or assignee to any of the 5 subsequent taxable years from which a certificate is initially issued by the department of revenue.

              (h)  An owner, transferee or assignee desiring to make a transfer, sale or assignment shall submit to the commissioner a statement which describes the amount of tax credit for which the transfer, sale or assignment of tax credit is eligible. The owner, transferee or assignee shall provide to the commissioner such information as the commissioner may require for the proper allocation of the credit. The commissioner shall provide to the taxpayer a certificate of eligibility to transfer, sell or assign the tax credits. The commissioner shall not issue a certificate to a taxpayer that has an outstanding tax obligation with the commonwealth for any prior taxable year. A tax credit shall not be transferred, sold or assigned without a certificate.

              (i)  The commissioner of revenue shall promulgate such regulations as are necessary to implement this section.

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