BILL NUMBER: SB 1076	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Senator Price

                        FEBRUARY 17, 2010

   An act to add and repeal Article 19 (commencing with Section
18891) of Chapter 3 of Part 10.2 of Division 2 of the Revenue and
Taxation Code, relating to taxation.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 1076, as introduced, Price. Income taxes: voluntary
contributions: Arts Council.
   The Personal Income Tax Law authorizes taxpayers to contribute
amounts in excess of their tax liability for the support of specified
funds.
   This bill would authorize taxpayers to contribute amounts in
excess of their tax liability for the support of the Arts Council, as
prescribed.
   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 19 (commencing with Section 18891) is added to
Chapter 3 of Part 10.2 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation
Code, to read:

      Article 19.  Arts Council


   18891.  (a) An individual may designate on the tax return that a
contribution in excess of tax liability, if any, be made to the Arts
Council, established pursuant to Section 8751 of the Government Code.

   (b) A contribution shall be in a full dollar amount and may be
made individually by each signatory on a joint return.
   (c) A designation made under subdivision (a) shall be made for any
taxable year on the initial return for that taxable year, and once
made shall be irrevocable. In the event that payments and credits
reported on the return, together with any other credits associated
with the taxpayer's account do not exceed the tax liability, if any,
shown thereupon, the return shall be treated as though no designation
had been made. In the event that no designee is specified, the
contribution shall, after reimbursement of the direct actual costs of
the Franchise Tax Board for the collection and administration of
funds under the article, be transferred to the General Fund.
   (d) If an individual designates a contribution to more than one
account, and the amount available is insufficient to satisfy the
total amount designated, the contribution shall be allocated among
the designated accounts on a pro rata basis.
   (e) The Franchise Tax Board shall revise the form of the return to
include a space labeled the "Arts Council" to allow for the
designation permitted under subdivision (a). 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 fund the Arts Council.
   (f) Notwithstanding any other provision, a voluntary contribution
designation for the Arts Council shall not be added on the tax return
until another voluntary contribution designation is removed.
   (g) 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).
   18892.  There is hereby established in the State Treasury the Arts
Council Fund to receive contributions made pursuant to Section
18891. 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 18891 to be transferred to the Arts
Council Fund. The Controller shall transfer from the Personal Income
Tax Fund to the Arts Council Fund an amount not in excess of the sum
of the amounts designated by individuals pursuant to Section 18891
for payment into that fund.
   18893.  All money transferred to the Art Council Fund, upon
appropriation by the Legislature, shall be allocated to the Franchise
Tax Board and the Controller only for reimbursement of all costs
incurred by the Franchise Tax Board and the Controller in connection
with their duties under this article.
   18894.  (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 Arts Council Fund
on the personal income 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) (1) By September 1 of the second calendar year and each
subsequent calendar year that the Arts Council Fund appears on the
tax return, the Franchise Tax Board shall do all of the following:
   (A) Determine the minimum contribution amount required to be
received during the next calendar year for the fund to appear on the
tax return for the taxable year that includes that next calendar
year.
   (B) Determine whether the amount of contributions estimated to be
received during the calendar year will equal or exceed the minimum
contribution amount determined by the Franchise Tax Board for the
calendar year pursuant to subparagraph (A). The Franchise Tax Board
shall estimate the amount of contribution to be received by using the
actual amounts received and an estimate of the contributions that
will be received by the end of that calendar year.
   (2) If the Franchise Tax Board determines that the amount of the
contributions estimated to be received during a calendar year will
not at least equal the minimum contribution amount for the calendar
year, this article is repealed with respect to taxable years
beginning on or after January 1 of that calendar year.
   (3) For purposes of this section, the minimum contribution amount
for a calendar year means two hundred fifty thousand dollars
($250,000) for the second calendar year after the first appearance of
the Arts Council Fund on the personal income tax return or the
adjusted minimum contribution amount adjusted pursuant to subdivision
(c).
   (c) For each calendar year, beginning with the third calendar year
after the first appearance of the Arts Council Fund on the personal
income tax return, the Franchise Tax Board shall adjust, on or before
September 1 of that calendar year, the minimum 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
contribution amount for the calendar year multiplied by the inflation
factor adjustment as specified in subparagraph (A) of 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 for all items 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.