In less time than it takes to read this article, Georgians can decide how
their 2022 state tax dollars will be used and earn a 100% tax credit for
doing so. Unique to the state, the
Georgia HEART (Helping Enhance Access to Rural Treatment) hospital tax credit program
allows taxpayers to redirect their 2022 state income taxes to an eligible
hospital of their choice, whether in their county or a different county.
Enacted by the Georgia General Assembly, the Georgia HEART hospital tax
credit program helps rural hospitals struggling to stay open. The program
is especially beneficial now given the challenges hospitals have faced
Southeast Georgia Health System’s Camden Campus is one of 55 rural hospitals that qualify for this innovative program.
HEART tax dollars dedicated to the Camden Campus can be used to add new
services, purchase technology, recruit physicians and offer community
health screenings. But hospitals aren’t the only entities that benefit;
the program provides a 100% state income tax credit to Georgia taxpayers
and C-Corporations that participate in the program.
In 2019, the Health System used its HEART funds to add
3D Mammography to the Camden Campus radiology department. In 2020, HEART funds helped
to build a new
Wound Care Center and, in 2021,
ROSA robotic knee surgery technology was added to the Camden Campus.
“If there’s one thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught
us, it’s the importance of having access to health care close to
Scott Raynes, president and CEO, Southeast Georgia Health System. “Rural hospitals
like the Camden Campus fill a vital need in the community. The Georgia
HEART tax credit program helps to improve access to medical care and the
quality of that care. It’s an easy way to feel better about paying
taxes, knowing that your tax dollars helped to improve health care in
your own community. It truly is a win-win for everyone.”
Available Georgia HEART tax credits are capped at $60 million per year.
Each qualified rural hospital has access to a maximum of $4 million of
tax credits, until the total annual $60 million cap is met. In 2021, that
cap was reached by September and many taxpayer applications were denied.
As a result, Southeast Georgia Health System leaders encourage those interested
in participating in the program to do so as soon as possible. The application
process is easy and takes less than five minutes. For more information,
or to complete an application, visit