2003 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1400 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Brink
Member Office Allowances (language only)

Item 1 #1h

Item 1 #1h

Legislative Department
General Assembly of Virginia

Page 6, line 18, after "year.", insert:
"Effective January 14, 2004, the monthly office expense and supply allowance shall be paid to the members separately or in itemized form, and shall be subject to all the requirements for maintaining an "accountable plan" as defined in § 1.62.2 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code Tax Regulations.  Each member of the General Assembly shall keep a detailed and separate account of these funds and file a quarterly statement with substantiating documentation accounting for these funds with the respective clerks, who shall maintain the statements as public records in their offices for five years.   The maximum amount of this allowance that can be utilized for office equipment in any biennial period, beginning January 14, 2004, is $2,000.00.  A member shall be entitled to reimbursement from this allowance at any time for office equipment acquired for his legislative office in his district upon submission to the member's respective clerk of a voucher and accompanying receipts for purchase of such equipment as set forth."

(This amendment requires that Member allowances be maintained as "accountable plans" as defined by the IRS and that quarterly statements of these expenses be filed. It further caps at $2,000 the biennial amount of the allowance that can be used for the purchase of office equipment. This amendment is identical to House Bill 2134.)