Archbold Rural Hospitals Qualify for Georgia Income Tax Credit
Beginning January 1, 2017, Georgia taxpayers can donate to Archbold’s rural hospitals and receive a rare state income tax credit.
The Rural Hospital Tax Credit Bill, also known as State Bill 258, was adopted during the 2016 General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal earlier this year. The legislature adopted the state income tax credit program to encourage Georgians to contribute and help support the growing needs of rural and critical access hospitals like Archbold’s Brooks County Hospital (BCH) in Quitman, Grady General Hospital (GGH) in Cairo and Mitchell County Hospital (MCH) in Camilla.
“Georgia income tax credits are rarely approved by the state legislature, so this is a really fantastic opportunity for residents in these small communities to help support their local hospital,” said Vann Middleton, president of the Archbold Foundation.
Each qualifying Archbold hospital is eligible to earn up to $4 million in state credits.
“It’s important for citizens in South Georgia to understand their donations, regardless of the amount, can have a huge impact on healthcare locally,” said LaDon Toole, Archbold’s vice president of system hospitals and long-term care facilities. “This is a great opportunity to ‘redirect’ your Georgia income tax dollars so they can directly impact the hospital in your hometown.”
Simply put, your donation will benefit your hospital in your community.
“The money will directly benefit the Archbold rural hospital of your choice,” said Vann Middleton, president of the Archbold Foundation. “And in addition to receiving a federal tax deduction, the charitable contributions made to BCH, GGH and MCH will provide you with a 70% tax credit against your Georgia income tax liability. Electing to participate in the Georgia rural hospital tax credit program not only allows you to decide where your tax dollars are directed, but also rebates 70% of those taxes back to you in the form of a credit.”
Donations will be designated to help specifically fund healthcare-related expenses at BCH, GGH and MCH.
“The donations will be used to help fund direct patient care enhancements, hospital capital improvements and technology advancements, as well as to help recruit physicians to care for patients in these rural areas,” said Toole. “It’s important for our community to know that their donations will make an impact locally. This is really a great opportunity for our hospitals, and we’re looking forward to working with our community supporters to make a difference in healthcare locally.”
For more information on the Georgia rural hospital tax credit program, and to complete the tax credit pre-approval form, visit www.georgiaheart.org.