Bill Text: NJ A1841 | 2020-2021 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Allows gross income tax deduction for amounts paid for removal of lead, asbestos and other contaminants from taxpayer's residential property.*

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 4-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-12-14 - Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee [A1841 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2020-A1841-Amended.html

[First Reprint]

ASSEMBLY, No. 1841

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

219th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2020 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman  BRITNEE N. TIMBERLAKE

District 34 (Essex and Passaic)

Assemblywoman  ANNETTE QUIJANO

District 20 (Union)

Assemblyman  GARY S. SCHAER

District 36 (Bergen and Passaic)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblyman Zwicker

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Allows gross income tax deduction for amounts paid for removal of lead, asbestos, and other contaminants from taxpayer's residential property.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As reported by the Assembly Community Development and Affairs Committee on December 14, 2020, with amendments.

  


An Act allowing a gross income tax deduction for amounts paid for 1removal of1 lead 1[or asbestos hazard abatement in] , asbestos, and other contaminants from1 a taxpayer's 1[primary residence] residential property1, supplementing Title 54A of the New Jersey Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     11.   The Legislature finds and declares that:

     a.     Lead has been proven to be a neurotoxin that affects the brain and has been connected to developmental delays or brain damage in children.

     b.    Lead abatement is expensive and can be a costly burden on families.

     c.     Currently there are lead abatement programs provided through the federal government, state government, and local governments for taxpayers with below 80 percent area median income, but the cost of lead abatement can be a burden on taxpayers whose income exceeds 80 percent of area median income.

     d.    Taxpayers frequently have to obtain a second mortgage or request burdensome loans to address the cost of lead abatement.

     e.     The State should provide incentives or methods to ease the cost burden of lead abatement for taxpayers.1

 

     1[1] 2.1   a.  A taxpayer shall be allowed to deduct from gross income amounts paid in the taxable year for:

     lead-based paint hazard abatement in the taxpayer's 1[primary residence] residential property1, if performed by a 1[State-]1 certified lead abatement contractor;

     asbestos hazard abatement in the taxpayer's 1[primary residence] residential property1, if performed by a 1[State-]1 licensed asbestos abatement contractor;

     replacement of a water service line containing hazardous amounts of lead, provided that the line is owned by the taxpayer, the line is on the real property of the taxpayer's 1[primary residence] residential property1, and the line's replacement is necessary for abatement of the hazard in the taxpayer's 1[primary residence] residential property1; 1[and]1

     replacement of plumbing containing hazardous amounts of lead in the taxpayer's primary residence1[.];

     remediation of lead and other contaminants within soil on the taxpayer's residential property; and

     replacement of leaded windows on the taxpayer's residential property.1   

     b.    The total deduction allowed for a taxpayer pursuant to this section shall not exceed 1[$25,000] $45,0001  in a taxable year. 1A taxpayer shall be eligible to claim the deductions set forth in this section regardless of income.1

     c.     To be eligible for the deduction for amounts paid for lead-based paint hazard abatement, a taxpayer shall submit to the director a receipt of work done and amounts paid to a 1[State-]1 certified lead abatement contractor. To be eligible for the deduction for amounts paid for asbestos hazard abatement, a taxpayer shall submit to the director a receipt of work done and amounts paid to a 1[State‑]1licensed asbestos abatement contractor.

     d.    The director shall promulgate standards by which taxpayers shall document proof of eligibility for the deduction. 

     1e.   As used in this section:

     "Residential property" means a taxpayer's primary residence, owner occupied home, or rental unit.1  

 

     13.   During the first taxable year following enactment, a taxpayer shall be allowed to deduct any expenses incurred between January 1, 2018 and the first taxable year following enactment of this P.L.    , c.   (C.        ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill) for expenses described in section 2 of this bill, but the amount of the deduction shall not exceed the amount otherwise allowed pursuant to section 2 of this P.L.    , c.   (C.        ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill).1

 

   1[2] 4.1   This act shall take effect immediately1[.] and shall expire on December 31, 2025.1

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