Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit

Help improve healthcare in our community through Georgia’s new tax credit opportunity!

Effingham Health System is partnering with the Georgia HEART Hospital Program to implement this exciting new rural hospital tax credit. It is a great way for local people to ensure that their state tax dollars stay locally, and are used for specific improvements and to grow important healthcare services for the people of our community.

What is the rural hospital organization expense tax credit?

Through this program, Georgia taxpayers can receive a state income tax CREDIT for 100% of the amount they contribute to qualified rural hospital organizations such as Effingham Health System (up to the limits set forth below).

There is a cap on funds for this tax credit program statewide, so we recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

How much can I contribute for a tax credit?

If you pay Georgia income taxes, you are eligible to receive a tax credit for contributing to your designated rural hospital organization as follows:

  • In the case of a single individual or a head of household, a 100% Georgia income tax credit for contributions to RHOs, up to a limit of $5,000;
  • In the case of a married couple filing a joint return, a 100% Georgia income tax credit for contributions to RHOs, up to a limit of $10,000; and
  • An individual who is a member of a limited liability company, shareholder of an “S” Corporation, or partner in a partnership (pass-through entities) is allowed a 100% Georgia income tax credit for up to $10,000 of the amount they contribute to an RHO, so long as they would have paid Georgia income tax in that amount on their share of taxable income from the pass-through entity

Learn more and apply for the tax credit at

Please be sure to designate Effingham Hospital on your application so the dollars will stay in our community!


This page serves simply as an introduction only to the program. Since there are regular updates to the benefits, legal terms, and limitations of this valued program, please visit or contact Georgia HEART staff at for the latest information on the program, and to apply for your 2019 tax year credit.