VA TAX NEWS - TAX CREDITS

11 Feb 2015 12:23 PM | Anonymous
Educational Improvement Scholarships Tax Credit

For taxable years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2014, an income tax credit may be claimed for monetary or marketable securities donations made to scholarship foundations included on an approved list published by the Virginia Department of Education. The credit is equal to 65 percent of the monetary or marketable securities donation made to the scholarship foundation. Tax credits will be awarded to taxpayers on a first-come, first-served basis. For information on how to qualify, contact the Virginia Department of Education.

Taxpayers can claim credits earned during both 2013 and 2014 on the 2014 tax return. In the following years, taxpayers will only be able to claim the credit for the current year. For more information about this credit, see the Tax Department's 2013 Legislative Summary.

Research & Development Expenses Tax Credit

Effective for taxable years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2014, the tax credit amounts are increased to 15 percent of the first $234,000 in Virginia qualified research and development expenses, or 20 percent of the first $234,000 of Virginia qualified research and development expenses if the research was conducted in conjunction with a Virginia public or private college or university, to the extent the expenses exceed a base amount. Pass-through entities now have the election to claim the credit at entity level, rather than allocating the credit to the entity owners. Effective for fiscal years beginning on or after July 1, 2014, the annual cap has been increased to $6 million. Additionally, the credit sunset date was extended to Dec. 31, 2018.


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