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Oct. 26 - Georgia Taxpayers Can Redirect Tax Liabilities To Benefit Rural Healthcare

Category: Health & Hospitals

Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report

October 26, 2018—The Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus will be eligible to receive funds through the Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit program in 2019.

“The Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit program is a wonderful opportunity for our community to increase our hospital funding and our ability to provide health care to the individuals we serve,” says Michael D. Scherneck, president & CEO, Southeast Georgia Health System. “Taxpayers can benefit from receiving a credit on their Georgia state income taxes while knowing that they’ve made a direct impact on their local health care.”

The Georgia General Assembly enacted the program to encourage taxpayers throughout Georgia to learn more about the challenges rural hospitals face and to provide an incentive for those taxpayers who wish to redirect their Georgia income tax liability to help improve those hospitals’ financial condition and patient offerings.

The bill offers a state income tax credit to Georgia taxpayers and C-Corporations that donate funds through the Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit program to those rural hospital systems that qualify. The Health System’s Camden Campus qualifies and has partnered with Georgia HEART to implement the program for its Camden Campus.

Georgia taxpayers are eligible to receive a tax credit for contributing to the Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus, from January 1 – June 30, 2019, as follows:


·         Individual Filer – 100% of the amount contributed, up to a limit of $5,000


·         Married Filing Jointly – 100% of the amount contributed, up to a limit of $10,000


·         Pass-Through Entity – 100% of the amount contributed, up to a limit of $10,000, so long as they would have paid Georgia income tax in that amount on their share of taxable income from the pass-through entity


·         C-Corporation or Trust – 100% of the amount contributed or 75% of their Georgia income tax liability, whichever is less.

The Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit program makes $60 million of income tax credits available to Georgia taxpayers, with each qualified rural hospital having access to a maximum of $4 million of tax credits, until the total annual $60 million cap is met. Georgia HEART began accepting pre-applications to contribute to the program on October 1st and will submit the applications in the order they are received to the state for approval beginning January 2, 2019. Because of the popularity of the program - as well as limitations on the credits available - potential donors should submit their application requests well in advance of January 2.  For more information on the Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit program, visit or the Georgia HEART website at


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