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Deadline Approaches for Georgia HEART Tax Credit Opportunity!

November 1st is the deadline for local taxpayers to apply to make a charitable contribution to Union General Hospital in Blairsville, GA or Chatuge Regional Hospital in Hiawassee, GA and receive a 2017 Georgia income tax credit of up to 90% of their contribution. The Georgia General Assembly made this opportunity available through its implementation, and recent enhancement, of the Georgia Rural Hospital Expense Tax Credit program. Taxpayers who itemize may also receive a federal charitable income tax deduction.

If you pay Georgia income taxes, you may be eligible to receive a 2017 tax credit for contributing to Union General Hospital or Chatuge Regional Hospital as follows:
• Individual Filer – 90% of the amount contributed or $5,000 per tax year, whichever is less
• Married Filing Jointly – 90% of the amount contributed or $10,000, whichever is less
• C-Corporation or Trust – 90% of the amount contributed or 75% of your Georgia income tax liability, whichever is less

“We are very pleased and appreciative that Georgia lawmakers understand the importance to our rural hospitals and communities of the success of this innovative program,” said Union General Hospital CEO, Lewis Kelley.

Potential donors can sign up to get pre-approved for the tax credit by completing and submitting the 2017 HEART Tax Credit Form at www.georgiaheart.org. Don’t forget to choose Union General Hospital or Chatuge Regional Hospital as your Designated Rural Hospital Organization. Deadline to submit an application for the 2017 tax year is November 1, 2017.

The pre-approval form is also available as a .pdf at the bottom of this page. Email the completed form to heart@georgiaheart.org or mail a completed copy of the form to: Georgia HEART at 3740 Davinci Court, Suite 375, Peachtree Corners, Georgia 30092.

Georgia HEART will take care of the rest, submitting your tax credit pre-approval request to the Department of Revenue, notifying you of approval and payment deadline, and – once you contribute – providing you with your taxpayer reporting instructions.

Union General Hospital and Chatuge Regional Hospital are two of 40 rural hospitals participating in the Georgia HEART Hospital Program, which provides marketing and administrative services to qualified hospitals. “Georgia HEART makes it incredibly easy for donors to get pre-approved for the credit and make their donation, and for our hospital to keep track of contribution activity,” explained Lewis Kelley.

Each year, during 2017, 2018, and 2019, taxpayers will have access to a $60 million pool of credits, with donors to each rural hospital having access to up to $4 million of credits each year until the annual $60 million cap is reached.

Anyone who has questions regarding the Georgia Rural Hospital Expense Tax Credit program may call Leslie Daniel at 706-745-2050, visit the Georgia HEART website at www.georgiaheart.org or contact Georgia HEART staff directly at heart@georgiaheart.org.