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WVC 11-21-
H. B. 2610


(By Delegates Walters and Armstead)
[Introduced
February 23, 2005 ; referred to the
Committee on Finance.]




A BILL to amend and reenact §11-21-10 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to personal income tax and increasing the low income exclusion.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §11-21-10 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 21. PERSONAL INCOME TAX.
§11-21-10. Low income exclusion.
(a) Earned income exclusion. -- In the case of an eligible taxpayer, there shall be is allowed as a deduction from federal adjusted gross income the amount of his or her earned income included therein, not to exceed ten eighteen thousand dollars, except that when a husband and wife file separate returns under this article this exclusion shall may not exceed five nine thousand dollars per separate return: Provided, That for the taxable year beginning the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety-six two thousand five, the exclusion provided for in this section shall apply applies only to earned income received after the thirtieth day of June, one thousand nine hundred ninety-six two thousand five, and the amount excluded shall may not exceed fifty percent of the annual low income exclusion amounts set forth in this subsection.
(b) "Eligible taxpayer" defined. -- The term "eligible taxpayer" means:
(1) Any unmarried individual and any husband and wife filing a joint return under this article who has or have federal adjusted gross income of ten eighteen thousand dollars or less for the taxable year; or
(2) Any husband or wife filing a separate return under this article who has federal adjusted gross income of five nine thousand dollars or less.
(c) "Earned income" defined. --
(1) The term "earned income" means:
(A) Wages, salaries, tips, and other employee compensation; plus
(B) The amount of the taxpayer's net earnings from self-employment for the taxable year (within the meaning of Section 1402 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code), but such the net earnings shall be determined with regard to the deduction allowed to the taxpayer under Section 164 of the Internal Revenue Code.
(2) For purposes of this section:
(A) The earned income of an individual shall be computed without regard to any community property laws;
(B) No amount received as pension or annuity shall may be taken into account; and
(C) No amount received for services provided by an individual while the individual is an inmate at a penal institution shall may be taken into account.
(d) Taxable year must be full taxable year. -- Except in the case of a taxable year closed by reason of the death of the taxpayer, no credit shall may be allowed under this section in the case of a taxable year covering a period of less than twelve months.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to increase the low income exclusion for personal income tax.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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