Bill Text: SC H3135 | 2019-2020 | 123rd General Assembly | Comm Sub


Bill Title: Workforce Enhancement and Military Recognition Act

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-02-05 - Referred to Committee on Finance [H3135 Detail]

Download: South_Carolina-2019-H3135-Comm_Sub.html

COMMITTEE REPORT

January 30, 2019

H. 3135

Introduced by Reps. G.M. Smith, Erickson, Yow, Funderburk, Huggins and Wheeler

S. Printed 1/30/19--H.

Read the first time January 8, 2019.

            

THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS

To whom was referred a Bill (H. 3135) to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, so as to enact the "Workforce Enhancement and Military Recognition Act"; to amend Section 12-6-1171, etc., respectfully

REPORT:

That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:

G. MURRELL SMITH, JR. for Committee.

            

STATEMENT OF ESTIMATED FISCAL IMPACT

Explanation of Fiscal Impact

Introduced on January 8, 2019

State Expenditure

The bill alters the military retirement income deduction, which may require the department to modify individual income tax forms and instructions. DOR indicates that these additional duties will be managed within existing appropriations. Therefore, this bill will have no expenditure impact on the General Fund, Other Funds, or Federal Funds.

State Revenue

Beginning in tax year 2021, this bill allows an individual taxpayer under age 65 who has military retirement income to deduct an equal amount of South Carolina earned income from taxable income. This bill allows further that a taxpayer 65 and older who has military retirement income to deduct any military retirement income that is included in South Carolina taxable income.

Presently, Act 272 of 2016 provides an individual income tax deduction of up to $17,500 of earned income for taxpayers under age 65 that receive military retirement income for tax year 2020. The deduction is equal to the amount of military retirement income, not to exceed $17,500. When a taxpayer reaches age 65, the taxpayer may deduct up to $30,000 of military retirement income. The military retirement deductions were phased-in beginning in tax year 2016 over a five-year period through tax year 2020. The estimated revenue impact in FY 2020-21 for these deductions total $19,563,645. The BEA revenue forecast for that fiscal year will reflect this reduction in General Fund Individual income tax revenue.

Table 1 reports the estimated revenue impact of implementing Act 272 of 2016 and a full deduction of all military retirement income for taxpayers under age 65 in tax year 2021. We estimate that the individual income tax revenue impact of the fully implemented military retirement income deduction in FY 2021-22 will total $18,186,060. For taxpayers under age 65, the BEA has included a $10,042,255 reduction in the individual income tax revenue forecast to implement Act 272 of 2016 through FY 2020-21. Therefore, the proposed complete deduction of the remaining military retirement for taxpayers under age 65 will reduce individual income tax revenue by an additional $8,143,805 in FY 2021-22.

Table 1: Estimated Number and Tax Revenue Reduction for

Military Retirees Under Age 65 Fiscal Year Total Number of Active Duty Military Retirees Maximum Earned Income Deduction Amount Total Tax Revenue Reduction from Full Deduction Annual Revenue Reduction Additional Revenue Reduction from Full Military Retirement Deduction in H. 3135 FY 2016-17 19,338 $5,900 ($4,048,245) ($4,048,245) $0 FY 2017-18 19,410 $8,800 ($5,636,034) ($1,587,789) $0 FY 2018-19 19,481 $11,700 ($7,230,806) ($1,594,772) $0 FY 2019-20 19,553 $14,600 ($8,599,377) ($1,368,571) $0 FY 2020-21 19,625 $17,500 ($10,042,255) ($1,442,878) $0 FY 2021-22 19,697 All ($18,186,060) ($8,143,805) ($8,143,805)

Table 2 reports the estimated revenue impact of implementing Act 272 of 2016 and a full deduction of all military retirement income for taxpayers age 65 and older in tax year 2021. We estimate that the individual income tax revenue impact of the fully implemented military retirement income deduction in FY 2020-21 will total $11,230,350. For taxpayers age 65 and older, the BEA has included a $9,521,390 reduction in the individual income tax revenue forecast to implement Act 272 of 2016 through FY 2020-21. Therefore, the proposed complete deduction of the remaining military retirement for taxpayers age 65 and older will reduce individual income tax revenue by an additional $1,708,960 in FY 2021-22.

Combining the revenue impacts of the retirement income tax deduction for all military retirees results in an estimated total reduction in General Fund individual income tax revenue of $29,416,410 in FY 2021-22. Of this total, the BEA has included a $19,563,645 reduction in the individual income tax revenue forecast to implement Act 272 of 2016 through FY 2020-21. Therefore, the proposed complete deduction of all remaining military retirement income beginning in tax year 2021 will reduce General Fund individual income tax revenue by an additional $9,852,765 in FY 2021-22.

Table 2: Estimated Number and Tax Revenue Reduction for

Military Retirees Age 65 and Older Fiscal Year Total Number of Active Duty Military Retirees Maximum Retirement Income Deduction Amount Total Tax Revenue Reduction from Full Deduction Annual Revenue Reduction Additional Revenue Reduction from Full Military Retirement Deduction in H. 3135 FY 2016-17 17,874 $18,000 ($2,451,350) ($2,451,350) $0 FY 2017-18 18,127 $21,000 ($4,282,550) ($1,831,200) $0 FY 2018-19 18,383 $24,000 ($6,143,350) ($1,860,800) $0 FY 2019-20 18,643 $27,000 ($7,892,100) ($1,748,750) $0 FY 2020-21 18,906 $30,000 ($9,521,390) ($1,629,290) $0 FY 2021-22 19,173 All ($11,230,350) ($1,708,960) ($1,708,960)

Table 3: Estimated Total Tax Revenue Reduction for All Military Retirees Fiscal Year Total Tax Revenue Reduction from Phased-In Deduction Annual Tax Revenue Reduction from Full Deduction Additional Revenue Reduction from Full Military Retirement Deduction in

H. 3135 FY 2016-17 ($6,499,595) ($6,499,595) $0 FY 2017-18 ($9,918,584) ($3,418,989) $0 FY 2018-19 ($13,374,156) ($3,455,572) $0 FY 2019-20 ($16,491,477) ($3,117,321) $0 FY 2020-21 ($19,563,645) ($3,072,168) $0 FY 2021-22 ($29,416,410) ($9,852,765) ($9,852,765)

Frank A. Rainwater, Executive Director

Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office

A BILL

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, SO AS TO ENACT THE "WORKFORCE ENHANCEMENT AND MILITARY RECOGNITION ACT"; TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-1171, RELATING TO THE MILITARY RETIREMENT INCOME DEDUCTION, SO AS TO REMOVE CERTAIN LIMITS.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    This act shall be know and may be cited as the "Workforce Enhancement and Military Recognition Act".

SECTION    2.    Section 12-6-1171(A) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(A)(1)    An individual taxpayer who has military retirement income, each year may deduct an amount of his South Carolina earned income from South Carolina taxable income equal to the amount of military retirement income that is included in South Carolina taxable income, not to exceed seventeen thousand five hundred dollars. In the case of married taxpayers who file a joint federal income tax return, the deduction allowed by this section shall be calculated separately as though they had not filed a joint return, so that each individual's deduction is based on the same individual's retirement income and earned income. For purposes of this item, 'South Carolina earned income' has the same meaning as provided in Section 12-6-3330.

(2)    Notwithstanding item (1), beginning in the year in which an individual taxpayer reaches age sixty-five, an individual taxpayer who has military retirement income may deduct up to thirty thousand dollars of any military retirement income that is included in South Carolina taxable income."

SECTION    3.    This act takes effect January 1, 2021, and first applies for tax year 2021.