CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
HOUSE BILL 2732
2002 Regular Session
Passed by the House February 18, 2002
Yeas 97 Nays 1
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate March 12, 2002
Yeas 48 Nays 0
I, Cynthia Zehnder, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 2732 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
President of the Senate
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
HOUSE BILL 2732
Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2002 Regular Session
By Representatives Gombosky, Cairnes, Berkey, Nixon, Morris, Armstrong, Esser, Fromhold, Ogden, Conway, Hunt, Van Luven, Veloria, Romero, Reardon, Edwards, Chase, Morell, Santos, Kenney and Wood
Read first time 01/25/2002. Referred to Committee on Finance.
AN ACT Relating to the tax treatment of revenue from federal or state subsidized health care; amending RCW 82.04.4297; adding a new section to chapter 82.04 RCW; creating new sections; and declaring an emergency.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. The legislature finds that the provision of health services to those people who receive federal or state subsidized health care benefits by reason of age, disability, or lack of income is a recognized, necessary, and vital governmental function. As a result, the legislature finds that it would be inconsistent with that governmental function to tax amounts received by a public hospital or nonprofit hospital qualifying as a health and social welfare organization, when the amounts are paid under a health service program subsidized by federal or state government. Further, the tax status of these amounts should not depend on whether the amounts are received directly from the qualifying program or through a managed health care organization under contract to manage benefits for a qualifying program. Therefore, the legislature adopts this act to provide a clear and understandable deduction for these amounts, and to provide refunds for taxes paid as specified in section 4 of this act.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 82.04 RCW to read as follows:
A public hospital that is owned by a municipal corporation or political subdivision, or a nonprofit hospital that qualifies as a health and social welfare organization as defined in RCW 82.04.431, may deduct from the measure of tax amounts received as compensation for health care services covered under the federal medicare program authorized under Title XVIII of the federal social security act; medical assistance, children's health, or other program under chapter 74.09 RCW; or for the state of Washington basic health plan under chapter 70.47 RCW. The deduction authorized by this section does not apply to amounts received from patient copayments or patient deductibles.
Sec. 3. RCW 82.04.4297 and 2001 2nd sp.s. c 23 s 2 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 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. ((
For purposes of this section,
"amounts received from" includes amounts received by a health or
social welfare organization that is a nonprofit hospital or public hospital
from a managed care organization or other entity that is under contract to
manage health care benefits for the federal medicare program authorized under
Title XVIII of the federal social security act; for a medical assistance,
children's health, or other program authorized under chapter 74.09 RCW; or for
the state of Washington basic health plan authorized under chapter 70.47 RCW,
to the extent that these amounts are received as compensation for health care
services within the scope of benefits covered by the pertinent government
health care program.))
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. A public hospital owned by a municipal corporation or political subdivision, or a nonprofit hospital that qualifies as a health and social welfare organization under RCW 82.04.431, is entitled to:
(1) A refund of business and occupation tax paid between January 1, 1998, and the effective date of this act on amounts that would be deductible under section 2 of this act; and
(2) A waiver of tax liability for accrued, but unpaid taxes that would be deductible under section 2 of this act.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately.
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