IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 30, 2009
Mr. Shelby introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
To repeal the current Internal Revenue Code and replace it with a flat tax, thereby guaranteeing economic growth and greater fairness for all Americans.
Short title; table of contents
This Act may be cited as the
Simplified, Manageable, And
Responsible Tax Act or the
Table of contents
Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.
Title I—Tax reduction and simplification
Sec. 101. Individual income tax.
Sec. 102. Tax on business activities.
Sec. 103. Simplification of rules relating to qualified retirement plans.
Sec. 104. Repeal of alternative minimum tax.
Sec. 105. Repeal of credits.
Sec. 106. Repeal of estate and gift taxes and obsolete income tax provisions.
Sec. 107. Effective date.
Title II—Supermajority required for tax changes
Sec. 201. Supermajority required.
Tax reduction and simplification
Individual income tax
Section 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended to read as follows:
There is hereby imposed on the taxable income of every individual a tax equal to 17 percent of the taxable income of such individual for such taxable year.
Section 63 of such Code is amended to read as follows:
For purposes of this subtitle, the term taxable income means the excess of—
the sum of—
wages (as defined in section 3121(a) without regard to paragraph (1) thereof) which are paid in cash and which are received during the taxable year for services performed in the United States,
retirement distributions which are includible in gross income for such taxable year, plus
amounts received under any law of the United States or of any State which is in the nature of unemployment compensation, over
the standard deduction.
For purposes of this subtitle, the term standard deduction means the sum of—
the basic standard deduction, plus
the additional standard deduction.
Basic standard deduction
For purposes of paragraph (1), the basic standard deduction is—
$26,180 in the case of—
a joint return, or
a surviving spouse (as defined in section 2(a)),
$16,710 in the case of a head of household (as defined in section 2(b)), and
$13,090 in the case of an individual—
who is not married and who is not a surviving spouse or head of household, or
who is a married individual filing a separate return.
Additional standard deduction
For purposes of paragraph (1), the additional standard deduction is $5,640 for each dependent (as defined in section 152) who is described in section 151(c) for the taxable year and who is not required to file a return for such taxable year.
For purposes of subsection (a), the term retirement distribution means any distribution from—
a plan described in section 401(a) which includes a trust exempt from tax under section 501(a),
an annuity plan described in section 403(a),
an annuity contract described in section 403(b),
an individual retirement account described in section 408(a),
an individual retirement annuity described in section 408(b),
an eligible deferred compensation plan (as defined in section 457),
a governmental plan (as defined in section 414(d)), or
a trust described in section 501(c)(18).
Income of certain children
For purposes of this subtitle—
an individual’s taxable income shall include the taxable income of each dependent child of such individual who has not attained age 14 as of the close of such taxable year, and
such dependent child shall have no liability for tax imposed by section 1 with respect to such income and shall not be required to file a return for such taxable year.
In the case of any taxable year beginning in a calendar year after 2010, each dollar amount contained in subsection (b) shall be increased by an amount determined by the Secretary to be equal to—
such dollar amount, multiplied by
the cost-of-living adjustment for such calendar year.
For purposes of paragraph (1), the cost-of-living adjustment for any calendar year is the percentage (if any) by which—
the CPI for the preceding calendar year, exceeds
the CPI for the calendar year 2009.
CPI for any calendar year
For purposes of paragraph (2), the CPI for any calendar year is the average of the Consumer Price Index as of the close of the 12-month period ending on August 31 of such calendar year.
Consumer Price Index
For purposes of paragraph (3), the term Consumer Price Index means the last Consumer Price Index for all-urban consumers published by the Department of Labor. For purposes of the preceding sentence, the revision of the Consumer Price Index which is most consistent with the Consumer Price Index for calendar year 1986 shall be used.
If any increase determined under paragraph (1) is not a multiple of $10, such increase shall be rounded to the next highest multiple of $10.
For purposes of this section, marital status shall be determined under section 7703.
Tax on business activities
Section 11 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to tax imposed on corporations) is amended to read as follows:
Tax imposed on business activities
There is hereby imposed on every person engaged in a business activity a tax equal to 17 percent of the business taxable income of such person.
Liability for tax
The tax imposed by this section shall be paid by the person engaged in the business activity, whether such person is an individual, partnership, corporation, or otherwise.
Business taxable income
For purposes of this section—
The term business taxable income means gross active income reduced by the deductions specified in subsection (d).
Gross active income
For purposes of paragraph (1), the term gross active income means gross receipts from—
the sale or exchange of property or services in the United States by any person in connection with a business activity, and
the export of property or services from the United States in connection with a business activity.
For purposes of this section, the amount treated as gross receipts from the exchange of property or services is the fair market value of the property or services received, plus any money received.
Coordination with special rules for financial services, etc
Except as provided in subsection (e)—
the term property does not include money or any financial instrument, and
the term services does not include financial services.
Exemption from tax for activities of governmental entities and tax-exempt organizations
For purposes of this section, the term business activity does not include any activity of a governmental entity or of any other organization which is exempt from tax under this chapter.
The deductions specified in this subsection are—
the cost of business inputs for the business activity,
wages (as defined in section 3121(a) without regard to paragraph (1) thereof) which are paid in cash for services performed in the United States as an employee, and
retirement contributions to or under any plan or arrangement which makes retirement distributions (as defined in section 63(c)) for the benefit of such employees to the extent such contributions are allowed as a deduction under section 404.
For purposes of paragraph (1), the term cost of business inputs means—
the amount paid for property sold or used in connection with a business activity,
the amount paid for services (other than for the services of employees, including fringe benefits paid by reason of such services) in connection with a business activity, and
any excise tax, sales tax, customs duty, or other separately stated levy imposed by a Federal, State, or local government on the purchase of property or services which are for use in connection with a business activity.
Such term shall not include—
items described in subparagraphs (B) and (C) of paragraph (1), and
items for personal use not in connection with any business activity.
For purposes of this section, the amount treated as paid in connection with the exchange of property or services is the fair market value of the property or services exchanged, plus any money paid.
Special rules for financial intermediation service activities
In the case of the business activity of providing financial intermediation services, the taxable income from such activity shall be equal to the value of the intermediation services provided in such activity.
Exception for services performed as employee
For purposes of this section, the term business activity does not include the performance of services by an employee for the employee’s employer.
Carryover of credit-equivalent of excess deductions
If the aggregate deductions for any taxable year exceed the gross active income for such taxable year, the credit-equivalent of such excess shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this section for the following taxable year.
Credit-equivalent of excess deductions
For purposes of paragraph (1), the credit-equivalent of the excess described in paragraph (1) for any taxable year is an amount equal to—
the sum of—
such excess, plus
the product of such excess and the 3-month Treasury rate for the last month of such taxable year, multiplied by
the rate of the tax imposed by subsection (a) for such taxable year.
Carryover of unused credit
If the credit allowable for any taxable year by reason of this subsection exceeds the tax imposed by this section for such year, then (in lieu of treating such excess as an overpayment) the sum of—
such excess, plus
the product of such excess and the 3-month Treasury rate for the last month of such taxable year, shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this section for the following taxable year.
3-month Treasury rate
For purposes of this subsection, the 3-month Treasury rate is the rate determined by the Secretary based on the average market yield (during any 1-month period selected by the Secretary and ending in the calendar month in which the determination is made) on outstanding marketable obligations of the United States with remaining periods to maturity of 3 months or less.
Tax on tax-exempt entities providing noncash compensation to employees
Section 4977 of such Code is amended to read as follows:
Tax on noncash compensation provided to employees not engaged in business activity
Imposition of tax
There is hereby imposed a tax equal to 17 percent of the value of excludable compensation provided during the calendar year by an employer for the benefit of employees to whom this section applies.
Liability for tax
The tax imposed by this section shall be paid by the employer.
For purposes of subsection (a), the term excludable compensation means any remuneration for services performed as an employee other than—
wages (as defined in section 3121(a) without regard to paragraph (1) thereof) which are paid in cash,
remuneration for services performed outside the United States, and
retirement contributions to or under any plan or arrangement which makes retirement distributions (as defined in section 63(c)).
Employees to whom section applies
This section shall apply to an employee who is employed in any activity by—
any organization which is exempt from taxation under this chapter, or
any agency or instrumentality of the United States, any State or political subdivision of a State, or the District of Columbia.
Simplification of rules relating to qualified retirement plans
The following provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 are hereby repealed:
Paragraphs (4) and (5) of section 401(a) (relating to nondiscrimination requirements).
Sections 401(a)(10)(B) and 416 (relating to top heavy plans).
Section 401(a)(17) (relating to compensation limit).
Sections 401(a)(26) and 410(b) (relating to minimum participation and coverage requirements).
Paragraphs (3), (8), (11), and (12) of sections 401(k), and section 4979, (relating to actual deferral percentage).
Section 401(l) (relating to permitted disparity in plan contributions or benefits).
Section 401(m) (relating to nondiscrimination test for matching contributions and employee contributions).
Paragraphs (1)(D) and (12) of section 403(b) (relating to nondiscrimination requirements).
Paragraph (3) of section 408(k) and paragraph (6) (other than subparagraph (A)(i)) of such section (relating to simplified employee pensions).
Sections 401(a)(16), 403(b) (2) and (3), and 415 (relating to limitations on benefits and contributions under qualified plans).
Sections 401(a)(30) and 402(g) (relating to limitation on exclusion for elective deferrals).
Paragraphs (3) and (7) of section 404(a) (relating to percentage of compensation limits).
Section 404(l) (relating to limit on includible compensation).
Restrictions on distributions
Section 72(t) (relating to 10-percent additional tax on early distributions from qualified retirement plans).
Sections 401(a)(9), 403(b)(10), and 4974 (relating to minimum distribution rules).
Section 402(e)(4) (relating to net unrealized appreciation).
Special requirements for plan benefitting self-employed individuals
Subsections (a)(10)(A) and (d) of section 401.
Prohibition of tax-exempt organizations and governments from having qualified cash or deferred arrangements
Employer reversions of excess pension assets permitted subject only to income inclusion
Repeal of tax on employer reversions
Section 4980 of such Code is hereby repealed.
Employer reversions permitted without plan termination
Section 420 of such Code is amended to read as follows:
Transfers of excess pension assets
If there is a qualified transfer of any excess pension assets of a defined benefit plan (other than a multiemployer plan) to an employer—
a trust which is part of such plan shall not be treated as failing to meet the requirements of section 401(a) or any other provision of law solely by reason of such transfer (or any other action authorized under this section), and
such transfer shall not be treated as a prohibited transaction for purposes of section 4975.
For purposes of this section—
The term qualified transfer means a transfer—
of excess pension assets of a defined benefit plan to the employer, and
with respect to which the vesting requirements of subsection (c) are met in connection with the plan.
Only 1 transfer per year
No more than 1 transfer with respect to any plan during a taxable year may be treated as a qualified transfer for purposes of this section.
Vesting requirements of plans transferring assets
The vesting requirements of this subsection are met if the plan provides that the accrued pension benefits of any participant or beneficiary under the plan become nonforfeitable in the same manner which would be required if the plan had terminated immediately before the qualified transfer (or in the case of a participant who separated during the 1-year period ending on the date of the transfer, immediately before such separation).
Definition and special rule
For purposes of this section—
Excess pension assets
The term excess pension assets means the excess (if any) of—
the amount determined under section 412(c)(7)(A)(ii), over
the greater of—
the amount determined under section 412(c)(7)(A)(i), or
125 percent of current liability (as defined in section 412(c)(7)(B)).
Coordination with section 412
In the case of a qualified transfer—
any assets transferred in a plan year on or before the valuation date for such year (and any income allocable thereto) shall, for purposes of section 412, be treated as assets in the plan as of the valuation date for such year, and
the plan shall be treated as having a net
experience loss under section 412(b)(2)(B)(iv) in an amount equal to the amount
of such transfer and for which amortization charges begin for the first plan
year after the plan year in which such transfer occurs, except that such
section shall be applied to such amount by substituting
Repeal of alternative minimum tax
Part VI of subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is hereby repealed.
Repeal of credits
Part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is hereby repealed.
Repeal of estate and gift taxes and obsolete income tax provisions
Repeal of estate and gift taxes
Subtitle B of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is hereby repealed.
The repeal made by paragraph (1) shall apply to the estates of decedents dying, and gifts and generation-skipping transfers made, after December 31, 2009.
Repeal of obsolete income tax provisions
Except as provided in paragraph (2), chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is hereby repealed.
Paragraph (1) shall not apply to—
sections 1, 11, and 63 of such Code, as amended by this Act,
those provisions of chapter 1 of such Code which are necessary for determining whether or not—
retirement distributions are includible in the gross income of employees, or
an organization is exempt from tax under such chapter, and
subchapter D of such chapter 1 (relating to deferred compensation).
Except as otherwise provided in this title, the amendments made by this title shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2009.
Supermajority required for tax changes
It shall not be in order in the House of Representatives or the Senate to consider any bill, joint resolution, amendment thereto, or conference report thereon that includes any provision that—
increases any Federal income tax rate,
creates any additional Federal income tax rate,
reduces the standard deduction, or
provides any exclusion, deduction, credit, or other benefit which results in a reduction in Federal revenues.
Waiver or suspension
This section may be waived or suspended in the House of Representatives or the Senate only by the affirmative vote of three-fifths of the Members, duly chosen and sworn.