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Text of the Contracting and Tax Accountability Act of 2008

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on April 14, 2008 but was never passed by the Senate. The text of the bill below is as of Apr 15, 2008 (Referred to Senate Committee).

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HR 4881 RFS

110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4881

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 15, 2008

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs


AN ACT

To prohibit the awarding of a contract or grant in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold unless the prospective contractor or grantee certifies in writing to the agency awarding the contract or grant that the contractor or grantee has no seriously delinquent tax debts, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Contracting and Tax Accountability Act of 2008'.

SEC. 2. GOVERNMENTAL POLICY.

    It is the policy of the United States Government that no Government contracts or grants should be awarded to individuals or companies with seriously delinquent Federal tax debts.

SEC. 3. PROHIBITION ON AWARDING OF CONTRACTS TO DELINQUENT FEDERAL DEBTORS.

    Section 3720B of title 31, United States Code, is amended--

      (1) in the section heading, by adding at the end `or contracts';

      (2) by adding at the end the following:

    `(c)(1) Unless this subsection is waived by the head of a Federal agency, a person who has a seriously delinquent tax debt shall be proposed for debarment from any contract awarded by the Federal Government.

    `(2) The head of any Federal agency that issues an invitation for bids or a request for proposals for a contract in an amount greater than the simplified acquisition threshold (as defined in section 4(11) of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act (41 U.S.C. 401(11)) shall require each person that submits a bid or proposal to submit with the bid or proposal a form--

      `(A) certifying that the person does not have a seriously delinquent tax debt; and

      `(B) authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to disclose to the head of the agency information limited to describing whether the person has a seriously delinquent tax debt.

    `(3) The Secretary shall make available to all Federal agencies a standard form for the certification and authorization described in paragraph (2).

    `(4) Not later than 270 days after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Federal Acquisition Regulation shall be revised to incorporate the requirements of this subsection.

    `(5) For purposes of this subsection:

      `(A) The term `contract' means a binding agreement entered into by a Federal agency for the purpose of obtaining property or services, but does not include--

        `(i) a contract designated by the head of the agency as assisting the agency in the performance of disaster relief authorities; or

        `(ii) a contract designated by the head of the agency as necessary to the national security of the United States.

      `(B)(i) The term `person' includes--

        `(I) an individual;

        `(II) a partnership; and

        `(III) a corporation.

      `(ii) A partnership shall be treated as a person with a seriously delinquent tax debt if such partnership has a partner who--

        `(I) holds an ownership interest of 50 percent or more in that partnership; and

        `(II) who has a seriously delinquent tax debt.

      `(iii) A corporation shall be treated as a person with a seriously delinquent tax debt if such corporation has an officer or a shareholder who--

        `(I) holds 50 percent or more, or a controlling interest that is less than 50 percent, of the outstanding shares of corporate stock in that corporation; and

        `(II) who has a seriously delinquent tax debt.

      `(C)(i) The term `seriously delinquent tax debt' means an outstanding debt under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 for which a notice of lien has been filed in public records pursuant to section 6323 of such Code.

      `(ii) Such term does not include--

        `(I) a debt that is being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement under section 6159 or section 7122 of such Code; and

        `(II) a debt with respect to which a collection due process hearing under section 6330 of such Code, or relief under subsection (a), (b), or (f) of section 6015 of such Code, is requested or pending.'.

SEC. 4. PROHIBITION ON AWARDING OF GRANTS TO DELINQUENT FEDERAL DEBTORS.

    (a) In General- The head of any Executive agency that offers a grant in excess of an amount equal to the simplified acquisition threshold (as defined in section 4(11) of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act (41 U.S.C. 401(11)) may not award such grant to any person unless such person submits with the application for such grant a form--

      (1) certifying that the person does not have a seriously delinquent tax debt; and

      (2) authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to disclose to the head of the Executive agency information limited to describing whether the person has a seriously delinquent tax debt.

    (b) Release of Information- The Secretary shall make available to all Executive agencies a standard form for the certification and authorization described in subsection (a)(2).

    (c) Revision of Regulations- Not later than 270 days after the date of the enactment of this section, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall revise such regulations as necessary to incorporate the requirements of this section.

    (d) Definitions and Special Rules- For purposes of this section:

      (1) PERSON-

        (A) IN GENERAL- The term `person' includes--

          (i) an individual;

          (ii) a partnership; and

          (iii) a corporation.

        (B) TREATMENT OF CERTAIN PARTNERSHIPS- A partnership shall be treated as a person with a seriously delinquent tax debt if such partnership has a partner who--

          (i) holds an ownership interest of 50 percent or more in that partnership; and

          (ii) who has a seriously delinquent tax debt.

        (C) TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CORPORATIONS- A corporation shall be treated as a person with a seriously delinquent tax debt if such corporation has an officer or a shareholder who--

          (i) holds 50 percent or more, or a controlling interest that is less than 50 percent, of the outstanding shares of corporate stock in that corporation; and

          (ii) who has a seriously delinquent tax debt.

      (2) EXECUTIVE AGENCY- The term `executive agency' has the meaning given such term in section 4 of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act (41 U.S.C. 403).

      (3) SERIOUSLY DELINQUENT TAX DEBT-

        (A) IN GENERAL- The term `seriously delinquent tax debt' means an outstanding debt under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 for which a notice of lien has been filed in public records pursuant to section 6323 of such Code.

        (B) EXCEPTIONS- Such term does not include--

          (i) a debt that is being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement under section 6159 or section 7122 of such Code; and

          (ii) a debt with respect to which a collection due process hearing under section 6330 of such Code, or relief under subsection (a), (b), or (f) of section 6015 of such Code, is requested or pending.

Passed the House of Representatives April 14, 2008.

Attest:

LORRAINE C. MILLER,

Clerk.