BILL NUMBER: AB 2291 INTRODUCED BILL TEXT INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Mendoza FEBRUARY 21, 2008 An act to add and repeal Article 5.7 (commencing with Section 18755) of Chapter 3 of Part 10.2 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to taxation. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST AB 2291, as introduced, Mendoza. Taxpayer contributions: Low Cost/Free Spay-Neuter Fund. Existing law, relating to the administration of personal income taxes, authorizes individual taxpayers to contribute amounts in excess of their tax liability for the support of specified funds or accounts. This bill would allow taxpayers to designate on their tax returns, that a specified amount in excess of their tax liability be transferred to the Low Cost/Free Spay-Neuter Fund, which would be created by this bill. However, the bill would provide that a voluntary contribution designation for this fund may not be added on the tax return until another voluntary contribution designation is removed from the return. This bill would provide that all moneys contributed to the fund pursuant to these provisions, upon appropriation by the Legislature, be allocated to the Franchise Tax Board and the Controller for reimbursement of costs, as provided, and to the appropriate state department as established by the Department of Food and Agriculture for allocation to municipal shelters for the purposes of providing low cost or free spay-neuter services. This bill would provide that these voluntary contribution provisions are repealed on either January of the fifth taxable year following the taxable year the fund first appears on the personal income tax return or on January 1 of an earlier calendar year, if the Franchise Tax Board estimates that the annual contribution amount will be less than $250,000, or an adjusted amount for subsequent taxable years. Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no. THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1. Article 5.7 (commencing with Section 18755) is added to Chapter 3 of Part 10.2 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, to read: Article 5.7. Low Cost/Free Spay-Neuter Fund 18755. (a) An individual may designate on the tax return that a contribution in excess of the tax liability, if any, be made to the Low Cost/Free Spay-Neuter Fund established by Section 18755.1. That designation is to be used as a voluntary contribution on the tax return. (b) The contributions shall be in full dollar amounts and may be made individually by each signatory on a joint return. (c) A designation shall be made for any taxable year on the initial return for that taxable year and once made is irrevocable. If payments and credits reported on the return, together with any other credits associated with the taxpayer's account, do not exceed the taxpayer's liability, the return shall be treated as though no designation has been made. (d) If an individual designates a contribution to more than one account or fund listed on the tax return, and the amount available is insufficient to satisfy the total amount designated, the contribution shall be allocated among the designees on a pro rata basis. (e) When another voluntary contribution designation is removed from the tax return, the Franchise Tax Board shall revise the form of the return to include a space labeled the "Low Cost/Free Spay-Neuter Fund" to allow for the designation permitted. The form shall also include in the instructions information that the contribution may be in the amount of one dollar ($1) or more and that the contribution shall be used to provide low cost or free spay-neuter services associated with a municipal shelter in California. (f) A deduction shall be allowed under Article 6 (commencing with Section 17201) of Chapter 3 of Part 10 for any contribution made pursuant to subdivision (a). 18755.1. There is hereby established in the State Treasury the Low Cost/Free Spay-Neuter Fund to receive contributions made pursuant to Section 18755. The Franchise Tax Board shall notify the Controller of both the amount of money paid by taxpayers in excess of their tax liability and the amount of refund money that taxpayers have designated pursuant to Section 18755 to be transferred to the Low Cost/Free Spay-Neuter Fund. The Controller shall transfer from the Personal Income Tax Fund to the Low Cost/Free Spay-Neuter Fund an amount not in excess of the sum of the amounts designated by individuals pursuant to Section 18755 for payment into that fund. 18755.2. All moneys transferred to the Low Cost/Free Spay-Neuter Fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, shall be allocated as follows: (a) To the Franchise Tax Board and the Controller for reimbursement of all costs incurred by the Franchise Tax Board and the Controller in connection with their duties under this article. (b) (1) To the appropriate state department as established by the Department of Food and Agriculture for allocation to municipal shelters for the purposes of providing low cost or free spay-neuter services. (2) For the purposes of this article, "municipal shelter" means a city or county animal control agency or shelter. 18755.3. (a) Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (b), this article shall remain in effect only until January 1 of the fifth taxable year following the first appearance of the Low Cost/Free Spay-Neuter Fund on the tax return, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before the applicable date, deletes or extends that date. (b) If, in the second calendar year after the first taxable year the Low Cost/Free Spay-Neuter Fund appears on the tax return, the Franchise Tax Board estimates by September 1, that contributions described in this article made on returns filed in that calendar year will be less than two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000), or the adjusted amount specified in subdivision (c) for subsequent taxable years, as may be applicable, then this article is repealed with respect to taxable years beginning on or after January 1 of that calendar year. The Franchise Tax Board shall estimate the annual contribution amount by September 1 of each year using the actual amounts known to be contributed and an estimate of the remaining year' s contribution. (c) For each calendar year, beginning with the third calendar year that the Low Cost/Free Spay-Neuter Fund appears on the tax return, the Franchise Tax Board shall adjust, on or before September 1 of that calendar year, the minimum estimated contribution amount specified in subdivision (b) as follows: (1) The minimum estimated contribution amount for the calendar year shall be an amount equal to the product of the minimum estimated contribution amount for the prior September 1, multiplied by the inflation factor adjustment as specified in paragraph (2) of subdivision (h) of Section 17041, rounded off to the nearest dollar. (2) The inflation factor adjustment used for the calendar year shall be based on the figures for the percentage change in the California Consumer Price Index received on or before August 1 of the calendar year pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (h) of Section 17041. (d) Notwithstanding the repeal of this article, any contribution amounts designated pursuant to this article prior to its repeal shall continue to be transferred and disbursed in accordance with this article as in effect immediately prior to that repeal.