2017 Georgia Code
Title 48 - Revenue and Taxation
Chapter 7 - Income Taxes
Article 2 - Imposition, Rate, and Computation; Exemptions
§ 48-7-41. (Effective until January 1, 2020) Basic skills education program credits
- (a) As used in this Code section, the term:
- (1) "Adult basic skills education" means training that enhances reading, writing, or mathematical skills of adult employees.
- (2) "Approved adult basic skills education program" means an employer provided or employer sponsored adult basic skills education program:
- (A) That has agreed to operate under the standards for the delivery of adult education services as designated by the Technical College System of Georgia, Office of Adult Education; and
- (B) For which the employer does not require the employee to make any payment, either directly or indirectly, through forfeiture of leave time, vacation time, or other compensable time.
- (3) "Basic skills education test" means the test required to receive a GED diploma.
- (4) "Employee" means any employee resident in this state who is employed for at least 24 hours per week and has been continuously employed by the employer for at least 16 consecutive weeks and who is eligible to take the GED test.
- (5) "Employer" means any employer upon whom an income tax is imposed by this chapter.
- (6) "Employer provided" refers to approved basic skills education offered on the premises of the employer or on premises approved by the Technical College System of Georgia by instructors hired by or employed by an employer.
- (7) "Employer sponsored" refers to a contractual arrangement with a school, university, college, or other instructional facility which offers approved basic skills education that is paid for by the employer.
- (b) A tax credit shall be granted to an employer who provides or sponsors an approved adult basic skills education program. The amount of the tax credit shall be:
- (1) Four hundred dollars for each employee who passes the basic skills education test that was paid for by the employer in a taxable year; or
- (2) Twelve hundred dollars for each employee who successfully completes an approved adult basic skills education program consisting of at least 40 hours of training while the employee is being compensated at his or her normal rate of pay, and passes the basic skills education test that was paid for by the employer in a taxable year.
No employer shall receive a credit if the employer requires that the employee reimburse or pay the employer for the cost of attending the adult basic skills education program or taking the basic skills education test.
- (1) An employer desiring to claim a tax credit under the provisions of this Code section shall submit an application to the commissioner for preapproval of such tax credit. The application for preapproval shall be developed and promulgated by the commissioner along with any rules or regulations necessary to aid in the administration of this income tax credit. The department shall have the authority to require electronic submission of such application in the manner specified by the department.
- (2) Within 45 days of receipt of a properly completed application for preapproval, the commissioner shall preapprove the application if a sufficient amount of available tax credits remains. The commissioner shall provide notice of the preapproval or denial to the employer and the Office of Adult Education. The commissioner shall preapprove the tax credits based on the order in which properly completed applications were submitted. In the event that two or more applications were submitted on the same day and the amount of funds available will not be sufficient to fully fund the tax credits requested, the commissioner shall prorate the available funds between or among the applicants.
- (d) In order to receive the income tax credit established under this Code section, the employer shall, after the successful completion by an employee of the requirements of paragraph (1) or (2) of subsection (b) of this Code section, and after receiving preapproval of the credit by the commissioner under subsection (c) of this Code section, certify to the Technical College System of Georgia, Office of Adult Education, the name of the employee, the name of the employer, the name of the approved adult basic skills education provider, and such other information as may be required by the Office of Adult Education. The Office of Adult Education shall issue a certification to the employer if the requirements of subsections (a), (b), and (c) of this Code section are satisfied. Such certification shall be attached to the taxpayer's income tax return when the credit is claimed. The Technical College System of Georgia shall adopt rules and regulations and forms necessary to implement and administer this income tax credit program. The department is expressly authorized and directed to work with the Technical College System of Georgia to ensure the proper granting of income tax credits pursuant to this Code section.
- (e) In no event shall the aggregate amount of the income tax credits preapproved under this Code section exceed $1 million per calendar year. No single employer shall receive income tax credits pursuant to this Code section in excess of $100,000.00 per calendar year.
- (f) The income tax credit granted to any employer pursuant to this Code section shall not exceed the amount of the employer's income tax liability for the taxable year as computed without regard to this Code section.
- (g) The department shall provide an annual report to the General Assembly on the utilization of the tax credit established under this Code section.
- (h) This Code section shall stand repealed on January 1, 2020.
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