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Introduced Version Senate Bill 445 History

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Senate Bill No. 445

(By Senators Prezioso, Facemire, Stollings, Plymale, McCabe and Beach)

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         [Introduced March 5, 2013; referred to the Committee on the Judiciary; and then to the Committee on Finance       .]                      

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A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §11-10-5bb, relating to the collection of taxes; requiring the Lottery Commission to offset certain lottery prizes against the state tax liabilities of the prize winner; and authorizing an agreement between the Tax Department and the Lottery Commission for the purpose of establishing collection procedures.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
 That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §11-10-5bb, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 10. WEST VIRGINIA TAX PROCEDURE AND ADMINISTRATION ACT.
§11-10-5bb. Applying lottery prizes to tax liabilities.
 (a) Offsetting lottery prizes against tax liabilities. - Upon notification by the State Tax Department that a person who is entitled to all or part of a lottery prize is delinquent in the payment of any of the taxes administered under chapter eleven, article ten of this code, the Lottery Director shall forward to the State Tax Department the prize or portion thereof to be distributed directly from the state lottery office, and such amount shall be applied to pay the tax liabilities of the prize winner.
 (b) Administration. - Notwithstanding any provision in this code to the contrary, the Tax Commissioner may disclose tax information to the Lottery Director for the purpose of administering the collection procedure authorized in subsection (a) of this section, and the Tax Commissioner and Lottery Director may enter into a written agreement allowing and providing for the disclosure of tax information for the purpose of administering the collection procedure authorized in subsection (a) of this section.
 (c) Effective date. - The provisions of this section shall apply to all tax years beginning after December 31, 2013.



 NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to enhance state revenues by allowing the State Tax Commissioner to divert and use lottery prizes to pay the unpaid tax liabilities of lottery prize winners.


 This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.
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