Bill Text: AZ HB2359 | 2019 | Fifty-fourth Legislature 1st Regular | Engrossed

Bill Title: Income tax; charitable deductions

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2019-03-27 - Senate FIN Committee action: Do Pass, voting: (7-0-3-0) [HB2359 Detail]

Download: Arizona-2019-HB2359-Engrossed.html




House Engrossed





State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Fifty-fourth Legislature

First Regular Session











amending section 43‑1041, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to individual income tax.





Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Section 43-1041, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE43-1041.  Optional standard deduction

A.  A taxpayer may elect to take a standard deduction as follows:

1.  In the case of a single person or a married person filing separately, the standard deduction shall be four thousand fifty dollars is $4,050, subject to subsection H of this section.

2.  In the case of a married couple filing a joint return or a single person who is a head of a household, the standard deduction shall be eight thousand one hundred dollars is $8,100, subject to subsection H of this section.

B.  The standard deduction provided for in subsection A of this section shall be is in lieu of all itemized deductions allowed by section 43‑1042, which are to be subtracted from Arizona adjusted gross income in computing taxable income, but not in lieu of the personal exemption allowed by section 43‑1043.

C.  The standard deduction shall be is allowed if the taxpayer so elects.  The election is made by the taxpayer claiming on the tax return the amount provided for in this section in lieu of the itemized deductions allowed under section 43‑1042.  Electing to file a short form return or a simplified return that does not allow itemized deductions to be claimed is considered to be an election to claim the standard deduction.

D.  In the case of a husband and wife, the standard deduction provided for in subsection A of this section shall is not be allowed to either if the taxable income of one of the spouses is determined without regard to the standard deduction.

E.  The standard deduction provided for by subsection A of this section shall not be allowed in the case of a taxable year of less than twelve months on account of a change in the accounting period.

F.  Except as provided in subsection G of this section, a change of an election to take, or not to take, the standard deduction for any taxable year may be made after the filing of the return for such that year. 

G.  A taxpayer is not allowed to change an election to take, or not to take, the standard deduction if:

1.  The spouse of the taxpayer filed a separate return for any taxable year corresponding, for the purposes of subsection D of this section, to the taxable year of the taxpayer unless both of the following apply:

(a)  The spouse makes a change of election with respect to the standard deduction for the taxable year covered in the separate return consistent with the change of election sought by the taxpayer.

(b)  The taxpayer and spouse consent in writing to the assessment, within such a period as may be agreed on with the department, of any deficiency, to the extent attributable to the change of election, even though at the time of the filing of the consent the assessment of the deficiency would otherwise be prevented by the operation of any law or rule of law.

2.  The tax liability of the taxpayer or the taxpayer's spouse for the taxable year has been compromised.

H.  For each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, the department shall adjust the dollar amounts prescribed by subsection A, paragraphs 1 and 2 of this section according to the average annual change in the metropolitan Phoenix consumer price index published by the United States bureau of labor statistics.  The revised dollar amounts shall be raised to the nearest whole dollar.  The designated dollar amounts shall not be revised below the amounts allowed by the standard deduction in the prior taxable year.

I.  For taxable years beginning from and after December 31, 2018, the standard deduction allowed under subsection A of this section shall be increased by the amount of charitable deductions that would have been allowed if the taxpayer elected to claim itemized deductions under section 43‑1042 rather than elect the standard deduction. END_STATUTE

Sec. 2.  Applicability

This act applies retroactively to taxable years beginning from and after December 31, 2018.