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Senate Bill No. 511

(By Senators Yost, Edgell, Fitzsimmons, D. Hall, Laird, Wells, Unger and Williams)

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         [Introduced March 13, 2013; referred to the Committee on Military; 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 article, designated §9A-5-1 and §9A-5-2, all relating to creating the West Virginia Veterans Auxiliary Fund.
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 article, designated §9A-5-1 and §9A-5-2, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 5. WEST VIRGINIA VETERANS AUXILIARY FUND.
§9A-5-1. West Virginia Veterans Auxiliary Fund created; intent; donations; donors to be recognized.
    (a) There is hereby created in the State Treasury a special revenue account entitled the West Virginia Veterans Auxiliary Fund. It is the intent of the Legislature to establish a voluntary West Virginia Veterans Auxiliary Fund tax return checkoff provision and a voluntary motor vehicle registration renewal form checkoff provision to enable donations to the fund. Moneys collected through the checkoff provisions are to be deposited into the special revenue account by the Secretary of Revenue and the Commissioner of the Division of Motor Vehicles to be used as directed by the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Assistance, consistent with the department's mission.
    (b) The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Assistance shall establish a program to recognize private donors by providing plaques or other appropriate symbols of recognition to donors to the Veterans Auxiliary Fund as follows:
    Bronze donor level - for donating at least $5,000
    Silver donor level - for donating at least $20,000
    Gold donor level - for donating at least $35,000
    Platinum donor level - for donating at least $50,000.  
§9A-5-2. Voluntary Checkoff designation for Veterans Auxiliary Fund.
     (a) (1)Each West Virginia individual income tax form shall contain a designation as follows:
"West Virginia Veterans Auxiliary Fund Checkoff Program.
Check ( ) if you wish to designate $1, $5, $10, $20, $50 or more of your tax refund for this program. If joint return check ( ) if spouse wishes to designate $1, $5, $10, $20, $50 or more."
     (2) Each individual taxpayer desiring to voluntarily contribute to the Veterans Auxiliary Fund may so designate by placing "X" on the state income tax return form. His or her contribution shall be credited to the fund by the Tax Commissioner.
     (b) (1) Each Division of Motor Vehicles registration renewal form shall contain a designation as follows:
"West Virginia Veterans Auxiliary Fund Checkoff Program.
Check ( ) if you wish to donate $1, $5, $10, $20, $50 or more to this program."
     (2) Each individual desiring to voluntarily contribute to the Veterans Auxiliary Fund may so designate by placing "X" on the renewal form and paying the contributed amount along with the renewal fee to the Division of Motor Vehicles. The Commissioner of the Division of Motor Vehicles shall credit the contribution to the fund.


     NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to create a Veterans Auxiliary Fund to assist with the mission of the Department of Veterans Assistance, and to provide for donations to the fund by income tax return checkoff and by contributions facilitated by motor vehicle registration renewal forms.


     The article is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.
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