Frequently Asked Questions


PTIP


1)      Who is eligible for the tax incentive?

A licensed Georgia Physician (MD or DO), Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN), or Physician Assistant (PA)  providing uncompensated community based training for medical, nurse practitioner or physician assistant students matriculating at a Georgia program (public or private) for clinical rotations

2)      How many tax credits can I earn?

Credits are available for up to 10 rotations (160 hours each rotation).  There is an incentive structure built into the program to encourage you to precept the maximum number of rotations allowed under this legislation.  Physicians can earn a mximum of $8,500 in credits; APRN and PAs can earn a maximum of $6,375 in credits.  These are earned as follows:

               Physicians:

               Rotations 1-3= $500 each rotation

               Rotations 4-10= $1,000 each rotation             

APRN/ PAs:

               Rotations 1-3= $375 each rotation

               Rotations 4-10= $750 each rotation

3) Why are Physicians provided a higher level of credit than the APRN or PA preceptors?

This is based solely on the income differential among the professions.

4)      How will preceptors register for the program?  do I need to re-register each year?

Use the Preceptor Registration form on this site.  You only need to register once; however if any of your contact information changes you will need to go into the system and edit your record. It is the responsibility of the preceptor to maintain current information in the registration system.

5)      I have not precepted students before; how do I get started?

Please contact our office or your regional AHEC to indicate your interest in precepting students.  We can put you into contact with academic programs seeking clinical preceptors.  There is also a button on our website you can click to indicate your interest in precepting more students.

6)      How will student hours be counted?

A rotations is defined as 160 hours of community based clinical training. It can be accrued from multiple programs, and hours do not have to occur within one student rotation.  Academic programs submit information certifying that student rotations with a preceptor have been completed; preceptors do not submit rotation data.

7)     What type of documentation will I receive for my tax purposes?

Tax credit Certification letters will be issued by the Statewide AHEC Program Office by January 30 of each year for the last full calendar year. No other entity is legislatively authorized to produce these letters.

8)  Can I carry over rotations into the next calendar year for eligibility?

No, all credits must be used in the year earned. EXAMPLE: If your state tax debt was $4,000 but you had earned $5000 in credits, you would not be able to “carry over” the unused credit of $1,000 to tax year 2020.  You may not transfer unused credit to another individual, nor can you “cash out” unused credits.

9)  If my partner(s) precept part of the time but I do the majority of the supervision, must I divide the earned deduction with them?

You can choose from several options: 1) claim the rotation fully; 2) alternate claiming rotations with your partner;  3) each of you claim a percentage of the hours earned.  However the student’s academic program must be notified to list your contribution in one of these ways, prior to submission.

10)  If my practice receives financial support from a program, does that disqualify me from claiming the credit?

Only if you *personally* receive direct compensation from a program would you be disqualified.

If you receive payment to teach students from ANY source, you are not eligible to earn the tax credits. If your practice receives an administrative stipend to assist with administrative costs of precepting then you are not disqualified.

11)  If a student only needs 80 hours (as do some NPs for a particular experience), will that count as a full rotation if I precepted them the entire time?

The legislation defines an eligible rotation as 160 hours. For this example, the preceptor would need to provide two rotations that would total 160 hours to qualify for one credit.

12) If I precept two medical students simultaneously, do both rotations count?

Yes, each individual student rotation will be counted.

13) How do you determine who gets the tax credit?

Each Georgia medial, osteopathic, nurse practitioner and physician assistant program is responsible for             submitting all community based preceptor hours to the Statewide AHEC Network Program Office. The Office will match the hours to registered preceptors and credit hours provided.

14) I received my Certification Letter for the calendar year, but the credit amount is incorrect. Who should I contact for this?

Preceptors need to discuss any discrepancies with the Academic Program that sends them students to precept.  The PTIP office does not have any knowledge of where students are placed and who they are placed with and does not certify the rotations occurred.  It is imperative that you communicate clearly with the programs with which you work to insure you are credited with the appropriate hours you provide.

1) Will programs be required to report students' personal information?

Data required for students include:  first name, last name, type of rotation (MD/DO/APRN/PA), date rotation completed, and number of hours of the rotation certified.

2) How do I report completed rotations by our students?

Programs are issued a secure log-in ID and password to submit rotation data directly into the PTIP system.

3) Can educational institutions register their preceptors?

We encourage preceptors to register themselves rather than asking a program to do so for them. However programs are encouraged to inform their preceptors of this opportunity and to share the registration link with them.  We want preceptors to connect this benefit with the academic programs with whom they partner.

 

1) What documentation will be provided for tax purposes?

Department of Revenue language will be included in the yearly Tax Manuals for Georgia.  Tax Credit Certification letters will be issued by the Statewide AHEC Network Program Office by January 31 of each year for the last full calendar year.

2) Does the credit count under the preceptor's Social Security Number or the practice tax ID number?

The credit applies *only* to the preceptor's Social Security number. 

3) Is there a line item designated for the credit on tax forms?

The Department of Revenue will make this decision and provide instructions in the yearly Tax Manual they issue.