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H.R. 4431 (111th): Business Should Mind Its Own Business Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 13, 2010 (Introduced).


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111th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4431

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 13, 2010

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

A BILL

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a 500 percent excise tax on corporate contributions to political committees and on corporate expenditures on political advocacy campaigns.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Business Should Mind Its Own Business Act.

2.

Excise tax on corporate contributions to political committees and on corporate expenditures on political advocacy campaigns

(a)

In general

Chapter 36 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to certain other excise taxes) is amended by adding at the end the following new subchapter:

E

Certain corporate political activities

Sec. 4491. Corporate contributions to political committees and corporate expenditures on political advocacy campaigns.

4491.

Corporate contributions to political committees and corporate expenditures on political advocacy campaigns

(a)

In general

In the case of a corporation, there is hereby imposed a tax equal to 500 percent of the aggregate of the following amounts:

(1)

The amount of contributions (as defined in section 301 of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971) made during the taxable year.

(2)

The amount paid for an electioneering communication described in section 304(f)(3) of such Act.

(b)

Certain determinations disregarded

For purposes of this section, any court determination that such Act does not apply to one or more corporations shall be disregarded.

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(b)

Denial of income tax deduction

Subsection (a) of section 275 of such Code is amended by inserting after paragraph (6) the following new paragraph:

(7)

Taxes imposed by section 4491 (relating to corporate contributions to political committees and corporate expenditures on political advocacy campaigns).

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(c)

Clerical amendment

The table of subchapters for chapter 36 of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

Subchapter E. Certain corporate political activities..

(d)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to amounts paid after the date of the enactment of this Act in taxable years ending after such date.