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Western Kansas non-profits receive Community Service tax credits

andy lambertOctober 18, 2012

The Kansas Department of Commerce has awarded $4.13 million in Community Service Tax Credits to 27 nonprofit organizations around the state.

These future Kansas income tax credits are a major fundraising tool for community organizations engaged in services for children and families, health care or crime prevention. Businesses and individuals who contribute to the awarded organizations are eligible for a 70 percent tax credit in rural areas or a 50 percent tax credit in urban areas.

The Community Service Tax Credit Program is a way for charitable organizations and public health care entities to improve their ability to undertake major capital fund-raising drives for projects involving children and family services, non-governmental crime prevention and health care. Each year, non-profit community service organizations submit proposals to the Department. If the organization is awarded tax credits, it is then authorized to offer tax credits to donors making contributions to the approved fund-raising project.

Tax credits totaling $4.13 million are allocated to these groups annually at a rate of 70 percent in rural areas and 50 percent in non-rural areas. For example, qualified donors who give $1,000 to an approved project in a non-rural area would receive a 50 percent (or $500) tax credit against their Kansas income tax liability. In addition, the donors would receive federal tax benefits if they itemize, which would again decrease their tax liability.

The list of Community Service Tax Credit recipients in Western Kansas follows (in alphabetical order by city):

Rawlins County Hospital Foundation (Atwood) ($215,000)
The hospital will construct and outfit an outpatient procedure room. This is a vital phase of Rawlins County Hospital’s overall service and facility improvement strategy.

Citizens Medical Center, Inc. (Colby) ($200,000)
CMC will expand its facility to accommodate increasing service demand and the addition of several new health service providers.

Norton Theatre Association (Norton) ($190,000)
The theatre will complete several improvements to the heavily used non-profit facility, including upgrading the equipment for digital formats as production of prints is expected to cease.

Majestic Community Theater Foundation, Inc. (Phillipsburg) ($155,000)
The Majestic Theatre will undergo the final stages of its interior renovation that will complete the community-wide effort to restore this downtown fixture.

Gove County Healthcare Endowment Foundation Inc. (Quinter) ($140,000)
Gove County Healthcare plans to purchase land and construct an airport, as the current grass runway significantly limits the number of service providers that are able use the hospital. The new runway will benefit trauma patients in the region.

Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center (Scott City) ($160,000)
WKCAC will purchase and outfit a new mobile response unit to address increased demand for services. This organization has been successful in implementing a mobile model for child abuse response.

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