What is the Rural Physician Credit?

The Rural Physician Credit is available to licensed resident and nonresident physicians who practice and reside in a small or rural Alabama community of less than 25,000 residents with admission privileges to a small or rural hospital having an emergency room.

Under the terms of this credit a "small or rural hospital" is defined as an acute care hospital with less than 105 beds, located more than 20 miles from another acute care facility, or which receives Medicare rural reimbursement from the federal government.

The amount of this credit is $5,000 per year and may not be claimed for more than five consecutive tax years. No credit will be allowed to physicians having previously practiced within a rural community on or before May 5, 1993 unless he/she returns to such practice after having practiced in a large or urban community for at least three years. This credit is limited to five years.

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