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SB 81 - Authorizes Tax Credits for Private School Scholarship Donations - Key Vote

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Legislation - Vetoed (Executive) -

Title: Authorizes Tax Credits for Private School Scholarship Donations

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (54-45) - (Key vote)

Title: Establishes Tax Deductions for Donations to Educational Charities

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes an income tax credit to an individual or corporation for donations to a charitable education organization.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes an individual or corporation to claim an income tax credit for donations to a “student scholarship organization” or “educational improvement organization” as follows (Secs. 9 & 10):
    • A tax credit equal to 40 percent of the donation for an individual; and
    • A tax credit equal to 20 percent of the donation for a corporation.
  • Defines “student scholarship organization” as a charitable organization that meets requirements including, but not limited to, the following requirements (Sec. 2): 
    • The organization allocates at least 90 percent of its annual revenue to students for enrollment in an accredited non-public school; and
    • The organization provides scholarships to students without limiting access to 1 education provider.
  • Defines “educational improvement organization” as a charitable organization that meets requirements including, but not limited to, the following requirements (Sec. 3):
    • The organization contributes at least 90 percent of its annual contributions to public schools as grants for innovative educational programs; and
    • The organization provides grants to more than 1 public school and 1 public school district.
  • Limits the total amount of individual tax credit to 50 percent of the individual’s tax liability (Sec. 10).
  • Limits the total amount of the tax credit for an individual or corporation to $2.5 million (Sec. 10).
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (26-20) - (Key vote)

Title: Establishes Tax Deductions for Donations to Educational Charities

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes an income tax credit to an individual or corporation for donations to a charitable education organization.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes an individual or corporation to claim an income tax credit for donations to a “student scholarship organization” or “educational improvement organization” as follows (Secs. 9 & 10):
    • A tax credit equal to 40 percent of the donation for an individual; and
    • A tax credit equal to 20 percent of the donation for a corporation.
  • Defines “student scholarship organization” as a charitable organization that meets requirements including, but not limited to, the following requirements (Sec. 2): 
    • The organization allocates at least 90 percent of its annual revenue to students for enrollment in an accredited non-public school; and
    • The organization provides scholarships to students without limiting access to 1 education provider.
  • Defines “educational improvement organization” as a charitable organization that meets requirements including, but not limited to, the following requirements (Sec. 3):
    • The organization contributes at least 90 percent of its annual contributions to public schools as grants for innovative educational programs; and
    • The organization provides grants to more than 1 public school and 1 public school district.
  • Limits the total amount of individual tax credit to 50 percent of the individual’s tax liability (Sec. 10).
  • Limits the total amount of the tax credit for an individual or corporation to $2.5 million (Sec. 10).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Establishes Tax Deductions for Donations to Educational Charities

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