Notice of Intended Action

Optional designations of funds by taxpayer, 43.4

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REVENUE DEPARTMENT[701]

Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to optional designation of funds by taxpayers and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Revenue Department hereby proposes to amend Chapter 43, "Assessments and Refunds," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code sections 422.12K and 422.68 and sections 422.12D and 422.12L as enacted by 2021 Iowa Acts, Senate File 619, sections 77 and 78.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code sections 422.12E, 422.12H, and 422.12K and sections 422.12D and 422.12L as enacted by 2021 Iowa Acts, Senate File 619, sections 77 and 78.

Purpose and Summary

This proposed rule making is intended to implement statutory changes to Iowa Code sections 422.12D and 422.12L as enacted by 2021 Iowa Acts, Senate File 619, sections 77 and 78. Additionally, this proposed rule making removes obsolete language and makes a number of changes to improve the clarity of the rule.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa beyond that of the legislation it is intended to implement.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.

Waivers

Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to rule 701—7.28(17A).

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written or oral comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written or oral comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m.on December 7, 2021. Comments should be directed to:

Kurt Konek

Department of Revenue

Hoover State Office Building

P.O. Box 10457

Des Moines, Iowa 50306

Phone: 515.587.0440

Email: kurt.konek@iowa.gov

Public Hearing

If requested, a public hearing at which persons may present their views orally or in writing will be held as follows:

December 10, 2021

1 to 2 p.m.

Via video/conference call

Persons who wish to participate in the video/conference call should contact Kurt Konek before 4:30 p.m.on December 9, 2021, to facilitate an orderly hearing. A video link or conference call number will be provided to participants prior to the hearing.

Persons who wish to make oral comments at the public hearing may be asked to state their names for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of this proposed rule making.

Any persons who intend to attend the public hearing and have special requirements, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Department and advise of their specific needs.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

The following rule-making action is proposed:

Amend rule 701—43.4(68A,422,456A) as follows:

701—43.4(68A,422,456A) Optional designations of funds by taxpayer.

43.4(1) Iowa fish and game protection fund.

a.The A taxpayer filing an individual income tax return may designate an amount a checkoff of $1 or more to be donated to the Iowa fish and game protection fund. The donation must be $1 or more, and the designation must be made on the original return for the current year. The donation is allowed only after obligations of the taxpayer to the department of revenue, the child support recovery unit of the department of human services, the foster care recovery unit of the department of human services, the college student aid commission, the office of investigations of the department of human services, the district courts, and other state agencies have been satisfied. The designation to the fund is irrevocable and cannot be made on an amended return. If the amount of refund claimed overpayment shown on the original return or the payment remitted with the return is adjusted by the department insufficient to pay the amount designated to the Iowa fish and game protection fund, the amount of the designation credited to the fund may be adjusted will be reduced accordingly. The designation to the fund is irrevocable and cannot be made on an amended return.

Example A: Overpayment as shown on the original return is $50. $25 is designated to the fund. Due to an error on the return, only $20 is an overpayment. The taxpayer would not receive any refund, and all $20 of the overpayment would be credited to the fund.

Example B: Overpayment as shown on the original return is $50. $25 is designated to the fund. Due to an error on the return, no overpayment occurred, but instead the taxpayer owes $20. No money would be credited to the fund in this instance.

Example C: Amount shown due on the return is $30. $20 is designated to the fund. A $50 payment was made with the return. Due to an error on the return, the taxpayer owes $40. Only $10 would be credited to the fund in this situation.

b. A designation to the Iowa fish and game protection fund may be allowed only after the taxpayer's obligations to the department of revenue, the child support recovery unit of the department of human services, the foster care recovery unit of the department of human services, the college student aid commission, the office of investigations of the department of human services, the district courts, and other state agencies are satisfied.

c. On or before January 31 of the year following each year in which returns with the Iowa fish and game protection fund checkoff are due, the department of revenue shall certify the amount designated to the Iowa fish and game protection fund and report this amount to the state treasurer.

43.4(2) Iowa election campaign fund. For tax years beginning before January 1, 2017, a person with a tax liability of $1.50 or more on the Iowa individual income tax return may direct or designate that a $1.50 contribution be made to a specific political party or that the contribution be made to the Iowa election campaign fund to be shared by all political parties as clarified further in this paragraph. In the case of married taxpayers filing a joint Iowa individual return with a tax liability of $3.00 or more, each spouse may direct or designate that a $1.50 contribution be made to a specific political party or that a $1.50 contribution be made to the Iowa election campaign fund as a contribution to be shared by all political parties. The designation or direction of a contribution to a political party or to the election campaign fund is irrevocable and cannot be changed on an amended return. The designation to a political party or the election campaign fund is allowed only after obligations of the taxpayer to the department of revenue, the child support recovery unit of the department of human services, the foster care recovery unit of the department of human services, the college student aid commission, the office of investigations of the department of human services, the district courts and other state agencies are satisfied. Note that for purposes of this subrule, "political party" means a party as defined in Iowa Code section 43.2.

In a tax year beginning before January 1, 2017, when there are two political parties for purposes of the Iowa election campaign fund, all undesignated contributions to the fund made on individual income tax returns for that tax year are to be divided equally between the two parties. In a tax year beginning before January 1, 2017, where there are more than two political parties for purposes of the Iowa election campaign fund, all undesignated contributions to the fund made on income tax returns for that tax year are to be divided among the political parties on the basis of the number of registered voters for a particular political party on December 31 of that tax year to the total number of registered voters on December 31 of that tax year that have declared an affiliation with any of the recognized political parties.

Thus, if there were 400,000 registered voters for "x" political party, 500,000 registered voters for "y" political party, and 100,000 registered voters for "z" political party on December 31 of a tax year beginning before January 1, 2017, where there were three recognized political parties, 40 percent of the undesignated political contributions on that year's returns would be paid to "x" political party since 40 percent of the registered voters with an affiliation to a political party on December 31 had an affiliation with party "x" on that day.

43.4(3) 43.4(2) State fair foundation fund checkoff.

a.A taxpayer filing a state an individual income tax return can may designate a checkoff of $1 or more to be donated to the foundation fund of the Iowa state fair foundation. If the overpayment shown on the return or the payment made remitted with the filing of the return is not sufficient insufficient to cover pay the amount designated to the foundation fund checkoff, the amount credited to the foundation fund checkoff will be reduced accordingly. The designation to the foundation fund checkoff is irrevocable and cannot be made on an amended return.

b.A designation to the Iowa state fair foundation fund checkoff may be allowed only after obligations of the taxpayer taxpayer's obligations to the department of revenue, the child support recovery unit of the department of human services, the foster care recovery unit of the department of human services, the college student aid commission, the office of investigations of the department of human services, the district courts, other state agencies, and the Iowa fish and game protection fund checkoff are satisfied.

c.On or before January 31 of the year following the each year in which returns with the Iowa state fair foundation fund checkoff are due, the department of revenue shall transfer the total amount designated to the Iowa state fair foundation fund.

43.4(4) Limitation of checkoffs on the individual income tax return. For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2019, no more than four checkoffs are allowed on the individual income tax return. The election campaign fund checkoff is not considered for purposes of limiting the number of checkoffs on the income tax return.

For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2017, when the same four checkoffs have been provided on the income tax return for two consecutive years, the two checkoffs for which the least amount has been contributed in the aggregate for the first year and through March 15 of the second tax year will be repealed.

If more checkoffs are enacted in the same session of the general assembly than there is space for inclusion on the individual income tax return form, the earliest enacted checkoffs for which there is space will be included on the income tax return form, and all other checkoffs enacted during that session of the general assembly are repealed. If the same session of the general assembly enacts more checkoffs on the same day than there is space for inclusion on the individual income tax form, the director of revenue shall determine which checkoffs shall be included on the individual income tax form.

43.4(5) 43.4(3) Child abuse prevention program fund checkoff.

a.A taxpayer filing an individual income tax return can may designate a checkoff of $1 or more to be donated to the child abuse prevention program fund. If the refund due overpayment shown on the return or the payment remitted with the return is insufficient to pay the additional amount designated by the taxpayer to the child abuse prevention program fund, the amount credited to the child abuse prevention program fund will be reduced accordingly. Once the taxpayer has designated a contribution to the child abuse prevention program fund on an individual income tax return filed with the department of revenue, the taxpayer cannot amend that designation. The designation to the child abuse prevention program fund is irrevocable and cannot be made on an amended return.

b.A designation to the child abuse prevention program fund checkoff may be allowed only after obligations of the taxpayer taxpayer's obligations to the department of revenue, the child support recovery unit of the department of human services, the foster care recovery unit of the department of human services, the college student aid commission, the office of investigations of the department of human services, the district courts, other state agencies, the Iowa fish and game protection fund checkoff, and the state fair foundation fund checkoff are satisfied.

c.On or before January 31 of the year following the each year in which Iowa income tax returns with contributions to the child abuse prevention program fund checkoff are due, the department of revenue shall transfer the total amount designated to the child abuse prevention program fund.

43.4(6) 43.4(4) Joint veterans trust fund and volunteer fire fighter preparedness fund checkoff.

a.A taxpayer filing an individual income tax return can may designate a checkoff of $1 or more to be donated jointly to the joint veterans trust fund and volunteer fire fighter preparedness fund. If the refund due overpayment shown on the return or the payment remitted with the return is insufficient to pay the additional amount designated by the taxpayer to the joint veterans trust fund and volunteer fire fighter preparedness fund, the amount credited to the joint veterans trust fund and volunteer fire fighter preparedness fund will be reduced accordingly. Once the taxpayer has designated a contribution to the joint veterans trust fund and volunteer fire fighter preparedness fund on an individual income tax return filed with the department of revenue, the taxpayer cannot amend that designation. The designation to the veterans trust fund and volunteer fire fighter preparedness fund is irrevocable and cannot be made on an amended return.

b.A designation to the joint veterans trust fund and volunteer fire fighter preparedness fund checkoff may be allowed only after obligations of the taxpayer taxpayer's obligations to the department of revenue, the child support recovery unit of the department of human services, the foster care recovery unit of the department of human services, the college student aid commission, the office of investigations of the department of human services, the district courts, other state agencies, the Iowa fish and game protection fund checkoff, the state fair foundation fund checkoff, and the child abuse prevention program fund checkoff are satisfied.

c.On or before January 31 of the year following the each year in which Iowa income tax returns with contributions to the joint veterans trust fund and volunteer fire fighter preparedness fund checkoff are due, the department of revenue shall transfer one-half of the total amount designated to the veterans trust fund, and the remaining one-half will be transferred to the volunteer fire fighter preparedness fund.

43.4(5) Limitation of checkoffs on the individual income tax return.

a. Only four checkoffs may be included on the individual income tax return for a given tax year. For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2017, if the same four checkoffs have been listed on the individual income tax return for two consecutive years, the two checkoffs that, in the aggregate, have received the lowest contribution amounts are repealed effective December 31 after the end of the second tax year and will be removed from the individual income tax return. To determine contribution amounts, the department will consider the contributions made to each fund for the first tax year and contributions made to each fund up to and including March 15 after the end of the second tax year. The department will notify the Iowa Code editor of the checkoffs that are repealed under this paragraph by July 1 after the end of the second tax year.

Example: Checkoffs A, B, C, and D are included on the individual income tax return for tax years 2021 and 2022. Taxpayers will begin filing their 2021 tax returns in January 2022. To determine which two checkoffs received the lowest contribution amounts, the department will review the contributions received in the period January 1, 2022, through March 15, 2023 (March 15 after the end of the second tax year).

b. If the general assembly, in the same legislative session, enacts more checkoffs than may be included on the individual income tax form, only the earliest enacted checkoffs will be listed on the form. The department will determine which enacted checkoffs will be included on the form pursuant to Iowa Code section 3.7. If it is indeterminable which checkoffs were first enacted under Iowa Code section 3.7, the director of revenue shall determine the checkoffs that will be included on the individual income tax form. The department will notify the Iowa Code editor of any checkoffs that must be repealed under this paragraph by September 1 of any applicable year.

This rule is intended to implement Iowa Code sections 422.12D, 422.12E, 422.12H, 422.12J, 422.12K and 422.12L,; 2016 Iowa Acts, House File 2459, and; 2017 Iowa Acts, House File 242; 2019 Iowa Acts, House File 779; and 2021 Iowa Acts, Senate File 619.

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