California blood donors could get $500 tax credit under proposed bill

Californians who donate blood could receive a $500 tax credit, under Assembly Bill 1709. The legislation was introduced by Assm. Freddie Rodriguez, D-Pomona. If passed, the tax credit would begin for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2023. The bill would also authorize the California Office of Emergency Services “to enter into partnerships with private sector entities to encourage the private sector to provide meaningful incentives to individuals to make these donations,” according to its text. Rodriguez told KCRA 3 the National Blood shortage inspired him to introduce the bill. The American Red Cross declared the country’s first-ever blood crisis in January, amid the outbreak of the omicron variant of COVID-19. “, Rodriguez said. He hopes this bill will encourage and inspire more Californians to donate blood. “Ultimately, this blood is crucial in helping save lives,” Rodriguez said in a statement: “We appreciate the efforts to raise awareness of the need for blood donation. We look forward to learning more about this effort as it moves forward.” 26.

Californians who donate blood could qualify for a $500 tax credit, under Assembly Bill 1709.

The legislation was introduced by Assm. Freddie Rodriguez, D-Pomona. If passed, the tax credit would begin for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2023.

To qualify, the taxpayer would have to donate “human whole blood” or “human blood components” at least four times during the year.

The proposed bill would also authorize the California Office of Emergency Services “to enter into partnerships with private sector entities to encourage the private sector to provide meaningful incentives to individuals to make these donations,” according to its text.

Rodriguez told KCRA 3 that the national blood shortage inspired him to introduce the bill. The American Red Cross declared the country’s first-ever blood crisis in January, amid the outbreak of the omicron variant of COVID-19.

Other lingering pandemic-related issues, including blood drive cancellations and staffing limitations, don’t help.

“Obviously the need is dire,” Rodriguez said.

He hopes this bill will encourage and inspire more Californians to donate blood.

“At the end of the day, that blood is crucial in helping save lives,” Rodriguez explained.

KCRA 3 contacted Vitalant about the proposed bill and received the following statement:

“We appreciate the efforts to raise awareness of the need for blood donation. We look forward to learning more about this effort as it progresses.”

According to the state legislature’s website, the bill is scheduled to be heard in committee on February 26.