Assemblyman GORDON M. JOHNSON
District 37 (Bergen)
Assemblyman CRAIG J. COUGHLIN
District 19 (Middlesex)
Assemblyman JACK CONNERS
District 7 (Burlington and Camden)
Assemblyman Prieto, Assemblywoman Wagner, Assemblymen Schaer, Wilson, Chivukula, Senators Beach, Van Drew, Goodwin, A.R.Bucco, Greenstein, Oroho, Whelan, Addiego, Madden, Ruiz and Stack
Provides for voluntary contributions by taxpayers on gross income tax returns for New Jersey National Guard members and their families in need of assistance.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act concerning voluntary contributions through gross income tax returns for New Jersey National Guard members and their families, supplementing chapter 9 of Title 54A of the New Jersey Statutes.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. a. There is established in the Department of the Treasury a special fund to be known as the "NJ National Guard State Family Readiness Council Fund."
b. Each taxpayer shall have the opportunity to indicate on the taxpayer's New Jersey gross income tax return that a portion of the taxpayer's tax refund or an enclosed contribution shall be deposited in the special fund.
c. Any costs incurred by the Division of Taxation for collection or administration attributable to this act may be deducted from receipts collected pursuant to this act, as determined by the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting. The State Treasurer shall deposit net contributions collected pursuant to this act into the "NJ National Guard State Family Readiness Council Fund."
d. The Legislature shall annually appropriate all funds deposited in the "NJ National Guard State Family Readiness Council Fund" established pursuant to this section to the National Guard State Family Readiness Council for the purposes of providing support to members of the New Jersey National Guard and their families affected by extended deployment during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
2. This act shall take effect immediately and apply to taxable years beginning after enactment.
This bill establishes the "NJ National Guard State Family Readiness Council Fund" and provides for a designation on the State gross income tax return that will permit taxpayers to make voluntary contributions to the fund.
This fund will provide for support to members of the NJ National Guard and their families. This support is intended to help members and their families cope during difficult times when a wage-earner has temporarily left civilian employment to be placed on active military duty. The council provides education, counseling and financial planning so the spouses of deployed Guard members have what they need to cope.