State of Washington
66th Legislature
2019 Regular Session
ByRepresentative Young
Read first time 01/23/19.Referred to Committee on Finance.
AN ACT Relating to extending the business and occupation deduction for government-funded behavioral health services; reenacting and amending RCW 82.04.4277; creating a new section; and providing an expiration date.
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1. (1) This section is the tax preference performance statement for the tax preference contained in section 2, chapter . . ., Laws of 2019 (section 2 of this act). This performance statement is only intended to be used for subsequent evaluation of the tax preference. It is not intended to create a private right of action by any party or to be used to determine eligibility for preferential tax treatment.
(2) The legislature categorizes this tax preference as one intended to reduce taxes so more money can go directly to behavioral health services, as indicated in RCW 82.32.808(2)(f).
(3) It is the legislature's specific public policy objective to support behavioral health services that can prevent more serious and costly health issues.
(4) If a review finds that the amount of funding available for behavioral health services by these taxpayers increased, then the legislature intends to extend the expiration date of this tax preference.
(5) In order to obtain the data necessary to perform the review in subsection (4) of this section, the joint legislative audit and review committee may refer to any data collected by the state.
Sec. 2. RCW 82.04.4277 and 2017 c 323 s 528 and 2017 c 135 s 14 are each reenacted and amended to read as follows:
(1) A health or social welfare organization may deduct from the measure of tax amounts received as compensation for providing mental health services or chemical dependency services under a government-funded program.
(2) A behavioral health organization may deduct from the measure of tax amounts received from the state of Washington for distribution to a health or social welfare organization that is eligible to deduct the distribution under subsection (1) of this section.
(3) A person claiming a deduction under this section must file a complete annual tax performance report with the department under RCW 82.32.534.
(4) The definitions in this subsection apply throughout this section unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
(a) "Chemical dependency" has the same meaning as provided in RCW 70.96A.020 through March 31, 2018, and the same meaning as provided in RCW 71.05.020 beginning April 1, 2018.
(b) "Health or social welfare organization" has the meaning provided in RCW 82.04.431.
(c) "Mental health services" and "behavioral health organization" have the meanings provided in RCW 71.24.025.
(5) This section expires January 1, ((2020))2030.
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