Georgia Heart Tax Credit

Help improve health care in our community through Georgia’s rural hospital expense tax credit opportunity!

What is the GEORGIA HEART TAX CREDIT?

South Georgia Medical Center is a proud partner with the Georgia HEART Hospital Program to implement this exciting new rural hospital organization tax credit.

Georgia taxpayers can now receive a state income tax credit for 100% of the amount they contribute to qualified rural hospital organizations such as SGMC Lanier Campus and SGMC Berrien Campus (up to the limits set forth below).

Taxpayers who itemize deductions on their federal income tax returns will be able to take a charitable income tax deduction for the entire amount of their contributions.

How can I participate in the Georgia HEART rural hospital tax credit program?

Participation in the Georgia HEART program is limited to Georgia rural hospitals that meet qualification criteria established in the law,
including county population size (50,000 or less, excluding military personnel);
tax-exempt status or public hospital authority management;
acceptance of Medicare and Medicaid;
and, minimum annual provision of indigent or uncompensated care.

In order to qualify, rural hospitals have to file a five-year plan with the Georgia Department of Community Health (“DCH”). Presently, the DCH has qualified 58 RHOs, 58 of which are participating in Georgia HEART.