Rural Tax Credit
The Rural Hospital Tax Credit is state legislation that awards Georgia income tax credits to individual and corporate taxpayers who contribute to qualified rural hospital organizations (RHOs) located in Georgia, such as Polk Medical Center.
Donations are accepted through Georgia Heart Hospital Program at www.georgiaheart.org/. During the donation process you will choose Polk Medical Center as your Designated Rural Hospital Organization.
Rural Tax Credit FAQs
What is its purpose?
The Rural Hospital Tax Credit provides additional funding to rural and critical access hospitals in an effort to increase their ability to provide for the health care needs of thousands of Georgians living in rural areas like Polk County.
Why was it enacted?
For many years, Georgia's rural hospitals have faced a financial crisis as the result of demographic, economic and industry challenges. This crisis jeopardizes the access rural Georgians have to adequate health care.
Why should I participate?
In addition to helping Polk Medical Center continue to provide excellent care in Polk County, there is also a significant financial benefit for making a contribution. As of July 1, 2018:
Single individuals or those filing head of household will receive a 100% Georgia income tax credit for contributions to RHOs, up to a limit of $5,556, if the contribution is made between January 1 and June 30 of each taxable year.
Married couples filing a joint return will receive a 100% Georgia income tax credit for contributions to RHOs, up to a limit of $11,111, if the contribution is made between January 1 and June 30 of each taxable year.
After June 30 of each year, for so long as a portion of the $60 million annual cap on RHO tax credits is available, individual taxpayers may make unlimited contributions to RHOs for a corresponding 100% Georgia income tax credit as a means of offsetting their Georgia income tax liability.
How will my contribution be used?
Polk Medical Center reinvests contributions into a variety of innovative initiatives that strengthen health care in Polk County. Included in these initiatives is a program that provides locally grown nutritious foods to those who need them most. Additionally, we provide educational seminars that address serious health challenges facing our community, such as the dangers of opioid use and suicide awareness. We are also working with Polk County Schools to develop initiatives that provide safe and healthy learning environments for its students.
While outreach will always be a primary focus in our use of this funding, it may also be used to enhance and develop facilities and technologies that help us continue to provide excellent patient care.
Our mission is to be responsive to Polk County with a comprehensive and technologically advanced health care system committed to the delivery of care that is characterized by continually improving quality, accessibility, affordability and personal dignity. Georgia's Rural Hospital Tax Credit assists us in the fulfillment of that mission.