GGH Georgia Income Tax Credit Deadline November 1

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GGH Georgia Income Tax Credit Deadline November 1

The deadline for Georgia taxpayers to donate to rural hospitals and take advantage of a rare state tax credit is quickly approaching.

The Rural Hospital Tax Credit Bill, also known as State Bill 258, was adopted to encourage Georgians to contribute and help support the growing needs of rural and critical access hospitals like Archbold’s Grady General Hospital (GGH) in Cairo. In order to benefit from the program in 2018, tax credit pre-approval forms must be submitted to Georgia HEART on or before November 1, 2017.

GGH is eligible to earn up to $4 million in state credits through this program. And donations will be designated to help specifically fund healthcare-related expenses at GGH.

“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 Grady County,” said Crystal Wells, GGH administrator. “It’s important for our community to know that their donations will make a local impact. This is really a great opportunity for Grady County.”

“Donations, regardless of the amount, will have can have a huge impact on healthcare locally,” said Crystal Wells, administrator of Grady General Hospital. “This is a great opportunity to ‘redirect’ your Georgia income tax dollars, because the money will remain in Grady County, and directly impact your hometown hospital, Grady General.”

“Electing to participate in the Georgia rural hospital tax credit program not only allows donors to decide where their tax dollars are directed, but also rebates 90% of those taxes back to them in the form of a credit,” said Vann Middleton, president of the Archbold Foundation. “The maximum credit available to individual tax payers is $5,000, and $10,000 for those filing jointly. Taxpayers also get a Federal charitable tax deduction for the amount above and beyond the 90% credit. Those taxpayers who take advantage of the maximum $10,000 tax credit will effectively only be paying $633 out of pocket for a gift that will impact Grady General Hospital by over 17 times that amount. Tax credit programs are very rare, so this is a fantastic opportunity for residents to help support Grady General Hospital and make a difference in healthcare locally.”

Tax credit preapproval forms must be submitted to Georgia HEART on or before November 1, 2017. For more information on the Georgia rural hospital tax credit program, visit www.georgiaheart.org.


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