Agenda Item 4 D
March 15,2016
Introduction
MEMORANDUM
March 11,2016
TO:
FROM:
County Council
Robert
H.
Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
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SUBJECT:
Introduction:
Expedited Bill 9-16, Working Families Income Supplement -
Amount - Amendments
Expedited Bill 9-16, Working Families Income Supplement - Amount - Amendments,
sponsored by Lead Sponsor Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee, is scheduled to
be introduced on March 15,2016. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for AprilS, 2016 at
1:30 p.m.
Bill 9-16 would clarify the amount of the Working Families Income Supplement (WFIS)
paid to each recipient, subject to Council approval of a lower amount in the annual operating
budget.
Background
Bill 8-13, Working Families Income Supplement - Amount, enacted by the Council on
October 29, 2013 and signed into law by the Executive on November 12, 2013, required the WFIS
to equal the amount of any refund the recipient receives from the State earned income credit
program unless the Council approved a lower amount in the operating budget. Bill 8-13 also
contained the following provision that would decouple the WFIS from the State if:
... the State refundable earned income credit is greater than the amount by which
25% of the Federal Earned Income Credit exceeds the gross State income tax.
For calendar year 2015, the State earned income credit will be greater than the amount by
which 25% of the Federal Earned Income Credit exceeds the gross State income tax for the first
time. The relevant portion of Md. Tax-General Code §10-704(b)(ii) is:
(ii)
The applicable percentage of the earned income credit allowable under
§
32 of the
Intemal Revenue Code to be used for purposes of determining the refund provided
under this paragraph is:
1.
25% for a taxable year beginning after December 31, 2013, but before
January 1,2015;
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25.5% for a taxable year beginning after December 31, 2014, but before
January 1,2016;
26% for a taxable year beginning after December 31, 2015, but before
January 1,2017;
27% for a taxable year beginning after December 31, 2016, but before
January 1, 2018; and
28% for a taxable year beginning after December 31, 2017.
Bill 9-16 would keep the default WFIS equal to the State refund as the State earned income
credit refund increases each year. The Council would retain the authority
to
"approve a lower
amount in the annual operating budget by an affirmative vote of at least five Councilmembers."
This packet contains:
Bill 9-16
Legislative Request Report
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Expedited Bill No.
9-16
Concerning: Working Families Income
Supplement - Amount - Amendments
Revised: Februarv 26, 2016 Draft No.
1.
Introduced:
March 15,2016
Expires:
September 15,2017
Enacted:
[date]
Executive:
[date signed]
Effective:
[date takes effect]
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COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee
AN EXPEDITED ACT
to:
(I)
clarifY the amount ofthe Working Families Income Supplement paid
to
each recipient,
subject to Council approval of a lower amount in the annual operating budget; and
(2)
amend the law concerning the amount ofthe Working Families Income Supplement.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 20, Finance
Article XIV, Working Families Income Supplement
Section 20-79
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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ExPEDITED BILL
No. 9-16
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Sec.
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Section 20-79 is amended as follows:
20-79. Amount of Supplement.
(a)
Subject
to
subsections (b) [and (c)], the amount ofthe Working Families
Income Supplement paid to each recipient must equal the amount of any
refund the recipient receives from the State earned income credit
program.
(b)
The Council may approve a lower amount in the annual operating budget
by an affirmative vote of at least five Councilmembers.
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The amount required in subsection (a) does not apply in any year that the
State refundable earned income credit is greater than the amount by
which 25% of the Federal Earned Income Credit exceeds the gross State
income
tax.]
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The Council declares that this legislation is necessary for the immediate
protection of the public interest. This Act takes effect on the date on which it
becomes law.
Approved:
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Nancy Floreen, President, County Council
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Approved:
Date
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
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Linda M.
Lauer, Clerk
of
the Council
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Expedited Bill 9-16
Working Families Income Supplement
-
Amount
-
Amendments
DESCRIPTION:
To clarify the amount ofthe Working Families Income Supplement paid
to each recipient is equal to the State refund, subject to Council approval
ofa lower amount in the annual operating budget.
As the State refund increases this year to a new level, the current default
for the WFIS is no longer equal to the State refund.
Clarify that the default amount for the WFIS is equal to the State
refund unless the Council approves a lower amount in the budget.
Finance
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To
be
researched.
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Not applicable.
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
Al'PLICATION
WITIDN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
Not applicable.
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