BILL REQ. #:  S-0473.1 


State of Washington62nd Legislature2011 Regular Session

By Senators Regala, Carrell, Kastama, Parlette, and Shin

Read first time 01/24/11.   Referred to Committee on Ways & Means.

     AN ACT Relating to a business and occupation tax deduction for amounts received with respect to mental health services; amending RCW 82.04.4297 and 82.04.431; adding a new section to chapter 82.04 RCW; and creating a new section.


NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1   A new section is added to chapter 82.04 RCW to read as follows:
     (1) A health or social welfare organization may deduct from the measure of tax amounts received from a regional support network as compensation for mental health services provided to an individual covered under a government-funded health program for the provision of such services.
     (2) A regional support network may deduct from the measure of tax amounts received from a governmental entity for distribution to a health or social welfare organization for the provision of mental health services described under subsection (1) of this section.
     (3) The definitions in this subsection apply to this section.
     (a) "Health or social welfare organization" has the meaning provided in RCW 82.04.431.
     (b) "Mental health services" and "regional support network" have the meanings provided in RCW 71.24.025.

Sec. 2   RCW 82.04.4297 and 2002 c 314 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:
     In computing tax there may be deducted from the measure of tax amounts received from the United States or any instrumentality thereof or from the state of Washington or any municipal corporation or political subdivision thereof as compensation for, or to support, health or social welfare services rendered by a health or social welfare organization, as defined in RCW 82.04.431, or by a municipal corporation or political subdivision, except deductions are not allowed under this section for amounts that are received under an employee benefit plan.

Sec. 3   RCW 82.04.431 and 2008 c 137 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
     (1) ((For the purposes of RCW 82.04.4297, 82.04.4311, 82.08.02915, 82.12.02915, and 82.08.997,)) The term "health or social welfare organization" means an organization, including any community action council, which renders health or social welfare services as defined in subsection (2) of this section, which is a domestic or foreign not-for-profit corporation under chapter 24.03 RCW and which is managed by a governing board of not less than eight individuals none of whom is a paid employee of the organization or which is a corporation sole under chapter 24.12 RCW. Health or social welfare organization does not include a corporation providing professional services as authorized in chapter 18.100 RCW. In addition a corporation in order to be exempt under RCW 82.04.4297 ((shall)) must satisfy the following conditions:
     (a) No part of its income may be paid directly or indirectly to its members, stockholders, officers, directors, or trustees except in the form of services rendered by the corporation in accordance with its purposes and bylaws;
     (b) Salary or compensation paid to its officers and executives must be only for actual services rendered, and at levels comparable to the salary or compensation of like positions within the public service of the state;
     (c) Assets of the corporation must be irrevocably dedicated to the activities for which the exemption is granted and, on the liquidation, dissolution, or abandonment by the corporation, may not inure directly or indirectly to the benefit of any member or individual except a nonprofit organization, association, or corporation which also would be entitled to the exemption;
     (d) The corporation must be duly licensed or certified where licensing or certification is required by law or regulation;
     (e) The amounts received qualifying for exemption must be used for the activities for which the exemption is granted;
     (f) Services must be available regardless of race, color, national origin, or ancestry; and
     (g) The director of revenue ((shall)) must have access to its books in order to determine whether the corporation is exempt from taxes within the intent of RCW 82.04.4297 and this section.
     (2) The term "health or social welfare services" includes and is limited to:
     (a) Mental health, drug, or alcoholism counseling or treatment;
     (b) Family counseling;
     (c) Health care services;
     (d) Therapeutic, diagnostic, rehabilitative, or restorative services for the care of the sick, aged, or physically, developmentally, or emotionally-disabled individuals;
     (e) Activities which are for the purpose of preventing or ameliorating juvenile delinquency or child abuse, including recreational activities for those purposes;
     (f) Care of orphans or foster children;
     (g) Day care of children;
     (h) Employment development, training, and placement;
     (i) Legal services to the indigent;
     (j) Weatherization assistance or minor home repair for low-income homeowners or renters;
     (k) Assistance to low-income homeowners and renters to offset the cost of home heating energy, through direct benefits to eligible households or to fuel vendors on behalf of eligible households;
     (l) Community services to low-income individuals, families, and groups, which are designed to have a measurable and potentially major impact on causes of poverty in communities of the state; and
     (m) Temporary medical housing, as defined in RCW 82.08.997, if the housing is provided only:
     (i) While the patient is receiving medical treatment at a hospital required to be licensed under RCW 70.41.090 or at an outpatient clinic associated with such hospital, including any period of recuperation or observation immediately following such medical treatment; and
     (ii) By a person that does not furnish lodging or related services to the general public.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4   This act applies to amounts received by a health or social welfare organization on or after August 1, 2011.

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