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WellStar Sylvan Grove
Tax Credit Program

Kathleen Smith
(770) 467-6256​

Call 770-956-9827 

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770-956-STAR (7827)


Thanks to the support of WellStar Sylvan Grove Hospital, we have received nearly $3 million to date in commitments and donations through the Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit program!

Due to economic challenges facing rural hospitals, Georgia taxpayers receive a state income tax CREDIT for 100% of the amount they contribute to qualified rural hospitals, such as WellStar Sylvan Grove Hospital.

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

  • Individual Filer – 100% of the amount contributed, up to a limit of $5,000
  • Married Filing Jointly – 100% of the amount contributed, up to a limit of $10,000
  • Pass-Through Entity – 100% of the amount contributed, up to a limit of $10,000, so long as they would have paid Georgia income tax in that amount on their share of taxable income from the pass-through entity
  • C Corporation or Trust – 100% of the amount contributed or 75% of the corporation or trust’s Georgia income tax liability, whichever is less

“I am glad that my support is providing better healthcare access in rural Georgia. I hope that others will feel the same way and that this will be a very successful initiative for WellStar Sylvan Grove Hospital.”
-Thomas Ross, M.D., Tax Credit Participant



For many years, Georgia’s rural hospitals have been facing economic crisis due to growing industry challenges. While these hospitals are often considered pillars of the community, many have been forced to close their doors leaving local residents without timely access to reliable care. This issue not only impacts rural communities, but urban hospitals have also felt the strain of supporting a growing number of commuter patients.

To address the issue, the Georgia General Assembly passed new legislation enabling state taxpayers to receive a 100 percent state income tax credit for contributions to any of the 58 qualified rural hospital organizations in Georgia.

The program was first introduced by Atlanta lawmaker Geoff Duncan in 2016. At that time, the program provided a 70 percent credit, but was raised to 90 percent shortly thereafter. In 2018, the Legislature approved the credit increase to 100 percent.