LD 1299 (subjects: EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS , SCHOOL CHOICE )
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|4/9/2015||House||Committee on Taxation suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on TAXATION.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
|4/9/2015||Senate||On motion by Senator McCormick of Kennebec, REFERRED to the Committee on Taxation, in concurrence.|
|6/1/2015||Senate||Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)|
An Act To Allow Educational Access for Families
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA 5815 is enacted to read:
5815. Scholarship granting organization
(1) Is a dependent in a household in which the annual household income the year immediately prior to receiving an educational scholarship is equal to or below 250% of the nonfarm income official poverty line that is applicable to a family of the size involved, as defined by the federal Department of Health and Human Services and updated annually in the Federal Register under authority of 42 United States Code, Section 9902(2);
(2) Is enrolled in a qualified school, was eligible to attend a public school the preceding semester or is starting school for the first time in this State; and
(3) Is a resident of this State while receiving an educational scholarship.
A student who meets the requirements of subparagraph (1) and who receives an educational scholarship remains an eligible student regardless of household income until the student is graduated from secondary school or attains 21 years of age, whichever occurs first. For purposes of this paragraph, “household income” has the same meaning as in Title 36, section 6201, subsection 7.
(1) Is located in this State; and
(2) Satisfies the requirements prescribed by the laws of this State for private schools.
(1) A surety bond payable to the State in an amount equal to the aggregate amount of contributions expected to be received during the usual school year; or
(2) Financial information that demonstrates the financial viability of the scholarship granting organization.
(1) The name and address of the school;
(2) The number of educational scholarships awarded during the previous calendar year; and
(3) The total dollar amount of educational scholarships awarded during the previous calendar year.
Sec. 2. 36 MRSA 5219-NN is enacted to read:
5219-NN. Scholarship granting organization credit
For purposes of this paragraph, “immediate family member” means a person’s spouse, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sister, brother, stepparent, stepgrandparent, stepchild, stepgrandchild, stepsister, stepbrother, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, guardian, former guardian or domestic partner.
Sec. 3. Application. This Act applies to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2016.
This bill establishes a scholarship granting organization credit to provide a Maine income tax credit to individuals and corporations who donate to scholarship granting organizations beginning in the 2016 tax year. Scholarship granting organizations are defined as organizations that provide educational scholarships, beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, to public or private school students in kindergarten to grade 12 who are from households in which the household incomes are equal to or below 250% of the income guidelines used to qualify for federal Department of Health and Human Services programs.
The amount of the credit is the amount of voluntary cash contributions made to a scholarship granting organization, up to a maximum of $1,000 annually of the tax owed. Scholarship granting organizations that receive such contributions are subject to reporting requirements. The credit is not available for an educational scholarship provided to a student who attends a school that employs a paid staff or board member who is a member or an immediate family member of a member of the scholarship granting organization.
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