H.R. 2669 (112th): Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Jul 27, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2669

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 27, 2011

(for himself, Mr. Levin, Mr. Larson of Connecticut, Ms. DeLauro, Mr. Van Hollen, Mr. George Miller of California, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. McDermott, Mr. Lewis of Georgia, Ms. Berkley, Mr. Stark, Mr. Pascrell, Mr. Welch, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. Dingell, Mr. Yarmuth, Ms. Linda T. Sánchez of California, Mr. Conyers, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Davis of Illinois, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Filner, Mr. Gene Green of Texas, Mr. Hinchey, Mr. Grijalva, Ms. Hirono, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Ms. Lee of California, Ms. Moore, Mr. Tierney, Ms. Kaptur, Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, Mr. DeFazio, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Sherman, Ms. Jackson Lee of Texas, Mr. Peters, Mr. Rush, Mr. Farr, Mr. Moran, Ms. Baldwin, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Markey, Mr. Holt, Mr. Fattah, Mr. Cleaver, Mr. Cummings, Mr. Al Green of Texas, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Payne, Ms. Bass of California, Ms. Sutton, Mr. Ellison, and Mr. Andrews) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To restrict the use of offshore tax havens and abusive tax shelters to inappropriately avoid Federal taxation, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title; etc

(a)

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act.

(b)

Amendment of 1986 code

Except as otherwise expressly provided, whenever in this Act an amendment or repeal is expressed in terms of an amendment to, or repeal of, a section or other provision, the reference shall be considered to be made to a section or other provision of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

(c)

Table of contents

The table of contents of this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; etc.

Title I—Deterring the use of tax havens for tax evasion

Sec. 101. Authorizing special measures against foreign jurisdictions, financial institutions, and others that impede United States tax enforcement.

Sec. 102. Strengthening the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

Sec. 103. Treatment of foreign corporations managed and controlled in the United States as domestic corporations.

Sec. 104. Reporting United States beneficial owners of foreign owned financial accounts.

Sec. 105. Credit default swap payments made from the United States to persons offshore.

Sec. 106. Tax on income of controlled foreign corporation deposited in financial account located in the United States.

Title II—Other measures to combat tax haven and tax shelter abuses

Sec. 201. Country-by-country reporting.

Sec. 202. Penalty for failing to disclose offshore holdings.

Sec. 203. Deadline for anti-money laundering rule for hedge funds and private equity funds.

Sec. 204. Anti-money laundering requirements for formation agents.

Sec. 205. Strengthening John Doe summons proceedings.

Sec. 206. Improving enforcement of foreign financial account reporting.

Title III—Combating tax shelter promoters

Sec. 301. Penalty for promoting abusive tax shelters.

Sec. 302. Penalty for aiding and abetting the understatement of tax liability.

Sec. 303. Prohibited fee arrangement.

Sec. 304. Preventing tax shelter activities by financial institutions.

Sec. 305. Information sharing for enforcement purposes.

Sec. 306. Disclosure of information to Congress.

Sec. 307. Tax opinion standards for tax practitioners.

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Deterring the use of tax havens for tax evasion

101.

Authorizing special measures against foreign jurisdictions, financial institutions, and others that impede United States tax enforcement

(a)

In general

Section 5318A of title 31, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking the section heading and inserting the following new heading:

5318A.

Special measures for jurisdictions, financial institutions, or international transactions that are of primary money laundering concern or impede United States tax enforcement

;

(2)

in subsection (a), by striking all before paragraph (1) and inserting the following:

(a)

Special measures To counter money laundering and efforts To impede United States tax enforcement

;

(3)

in subsection (c), by striking all before paragraph (1) and inserting the following:

(c)

Consultations and information To be considered in finding jurisdictions, institutions, types of accounts, or transactions To be of primary money laundering concern or To be impeding United States tax enforcement

;

(4)

in subsection (a)(1), by inserting or is impeding United States tax enforcement after primary money laundering concern;

(5)

in subsection (a)(4)—

(A)

in subparagraph (A)—

(i)

by inserting in matters involving money laundering, before shall consult; and

(ii)

by striking and at the end;

(B)

by redesignating subparagraph (B) as subparagraph (C); and

(C)

by inserting after subparagraph (A) the following new subparagraph:

(B)

in matters involving United States tax enforcement, shall consult with the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, the Secretary of State, the Attorney General of the United States, and in the sole discretion of the Secretary, such other agencies and interested parties as the Secretary may find to be appropriate; and

;

(6)

in each of paragraphs (1)(A), (2), (3), and (4) of subsection (b), by inserting or to be impeding United States tax enforcement after primary money laundering concern each place that term appears;

(7)

in subsection (b), by striking paragraph (5) and inserting the following new paragraph:

(5)

Prohibitions or conditions on opening or maintaining certain correspondent or payable-through accounts or authorizing certain payment cards

If the Secretary finds a jurisdiction outside of the United States, 1 or more financial institutions operating outside of the United States, or 1 or more classes of transactions within or involving a jurisdiction outside of the United States to be of primary money laundering concern or to be impeding United States tax enforcement, the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of State, the Attorney General of the United States, and the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, may prohibit, or impose conditions upon—

(A)

the opening or maintaining in the United States of a correspondent account or payable-through account; or

(B)

the authorization, approval, or use in the United States of a credit card, charge card, debit card, or similar credit or debit financial instrument by any domestic financial institution, financial agency, or credit card company or association, for or on behalf of a foreign banking institution, if such correspondent account, payable-through account, credit card, charge card, debit card, or similar credit or debit financial instrument, involves any such jurisdiction or institution, or if any such transaction may be conducted through such correspondent account, payable-through account, credit card, charge card, debit card, or similar credit or debit financial instrument.

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(8)

in subsection (c)(1), by inserting or is impeding United States tax enforcement after primary money laundering concern;

(9)

in subsection (c)(2)(A)—

(A)

in clause (ii), by striking bank secrecy or special regulatory advantages and inserting bank, tax, corporate, trust, or financial secrecy or regulatory advantages;

(B)

in clause (iii), by striking supervisory and counter-money and inserting supervisory, international tax enforcement, and counter-money;

(C)

in clause (v), by striking banking or secrecy and inserting banking, tax, or secrecy; and

(D)

in clause (vi), by inserting , tax treaty, or tax information exchange agreement after treaty;

(10)

in subsection (c)(2)(B)—

(A)

in clause (i), by inserting or tax evasion after money laundering; and

(B)

in clause (iii), by inserting , tax evasion, after money laundering; and

(11)

in subsection (d), by inserting involving money laundering, and shall notify, in writing, the Committee on Finance of the Senate and the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives of any such action involving United States tax enforcement after such action.

(b)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.

102.

Strengthening the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)

(a)

Reporting activities with respect to passive foreign investment companies

Section 1298(f) is amended by inserting , or who directly or indirectly forms, transfers assets to, is a beneficiary of, has a beneficial interest in, or receives money or property or the use thereof from, after shareholder of.

(b)

Withholdable payments to foreign financial institutions

Section 1471(d) is amended—

(1)

by inserting or transaction after any depository in paragraph (2)(A), and

(2)

by striking or any interest and all that follows in paragraph (5)(C) and inserting derivatives, or any interest (including a futures or forward contract, swap, or option) in such securities, partnership interests, commodities, or derivatives..

(c)

Withholdable payments to other foreign financial institutions

Section 1472 is amended—

(1)

by inserting as a result of any customer identification, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, or similar obligation to identify account holders, after reason to know, in subsection (b)(2), and

(2)

by inserting as posing a low risk of tax evasion after this subsection in subsection (c)(1)(G).

(d)

Definitions

Clauses (i) and (ii) of section 1473(2)(A) are each amended by inserting or as a beneficial owner after indirectly.

(e)

Special rules

Section 1474(c) is amended—

(1)

by inserting , except that information provided under sections 1471(c) or 1472(b) may be disclosed to any Federal law enforcement agency, upon request or upon the initiation of the Secretary, to investigate or address a possible violation of United States law after shall apply in paragraph (1), and

(2)

by inserting , or has had an agreement terminated under such section, after section 1471(b) in paragraph (2).

(f)

Information with respect to foreign financial assets

Section 6038D(a) is amended by inserting ownership or beneficial ownership after holds any.

(g)

Establishing presumptions for entities and transactions involving non-FATCA institutions

(1)

Presumptions for tax purposes

(A)

In general

Chapter 76 is amended by inserting after section 7491 the following new subchapter:

F

Presumptions for certain legal proceedings

Sec. 7492. Presumptions pertaining to entities and transactions involving non-FATCA institutions.

7492.

Presumptions pertaining to entities and transactions involving non-FATCA institutions

(a)

Control

For purposes of any United States civil judicial or administrative proceeding to determine or collect tax, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that a United States person (other than an entity with shares regularly traded on an established securities market) who, directly or indirectly, formed, transferred assets to, was a beneficiary of, had a beneficial interest in, or received money or property or the use thereof from an entity, including a trust, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or foundation (other than an entity with shares regularly traded on an established securities market), that holds an account, or in any other manner has assets, in a non-FATCA institution, exercised control over such entity. The presumption of control created by this subsection shall not be applied to prevent the Secretary from determining or arguing the absence of control.

(b)

Transfers of income

For purposes of any United States civil judicial or administrative proceeding to determine or collect tax, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that any amount or thing of value received by a United States person (other than an entity with shares regularly traded on an established securities market) directly or indirectly from an account or from an entity (other than an entity with shares regularly traded on an established securities market) that holds an account, or in any other manner has assets, in a non-FATCA institution, constitutes income of such person taxable in the year of receipt; and any amount or thing of value paid or transferred by or on behalf of a United States person (other than an entity with shares regularly traded on an established securities market) directly or indirectly to an account, or entity (other than an entity with shares regularly traded on an established securities market) that holds an account, or in any other manner has assets, in a non-FATCA institution, represents previously unreported income of such person taxable in the year of the transfer.

(c)

Rebutting the presumptions

The presumptions established in this section may be rebutted only by clear and convincing evidence, including detailed documentary, testimonial, and transactional evidence, establishing that—

(1)

in subsection (a), such taxpayer exercised no control, directly or indirectly, over account or entity at the time in question, and

(2)

in subsection (b), such amounts or things of value did not represent income related to such United States person.

Any court having jurisdiction of a civil proceeding in which control of such an offshore account or offshore entity or the income character of such receipts or amounts transferred is an issue shall prohibit the introduction by the taxpayer of any foreign based document that is not authenticated in open court by a person with knowledge of such document, or any other evidence supplied by a person outside the jurisdiction of a United States court, unless such person appears before the court.

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(B)

The table of subchapters for chapter 76 is amended by inserting after the item relating to subchapter E the following new item:

SUBCHAPTER F—Presumptions for certain legal proceedings

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(2)

Definition of non-fatca institution

Section 7701(a) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(51)

Non-fatca institution

The term non-FATCA institution means any financial institution that does not meet the reporting requirements of section 1471(b).

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(3)

Presumptions for securities law purposes

Section 21 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78u) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(j)

Presumptions pertaining to control and beneficial ownership

(1)

Control

For purposes of any civil judicial or administrative proceeding under this title, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that a United States person (other than an entity with shares regularly traded on an established securities market) who, directly or indirectly, formed, transferred assets to, was a beneficiary of, had a beneficial interest in, or received money or property or the use thereof from an entity, including a trust, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or foundation (other than an entity with shares regularly traded on an established securities market), that holds an account, or in any other manner has assets, in a non-FATCA institution (as defined in section 7701(a)(51) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986), exercised control over such entity. The presumption of control created by this paragraph shall not be applied to prevent the Commission from determining or arguing the absence of control.

(2)

Beneficial ownership

For purposes of any civil judicial or administrative proceeding under this title, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that securities that are nominally owned by an entity, including a trust, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or foundation (other than an entity with shares regularly traded on an established securities market), and that are held in a non-FATCA institution (as so defined), are beneficially owned by any United States person (other than an entity with shares regularly traded on an established securities market) who directly or indirectly exercised control over such entity. The presumption of beneficial ownership created by this paragraph shall not be applied to prevent the Commission from determining or arguing the absence of beneficial ownership.

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(4)

Presumption for reporting purposes relating to foreign financial accounts

Section 5314 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(d)

Rebuttable presumption

For purposes of this section, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that any account with a non-FATCA institution (as defined in section 7701(a)(51) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) contains funds in an amount that is at least sufficient to require a report prescribed by regulations under this section.

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(5)

Regulatory authority

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Treasury and the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission shall each adopt regulations or other guidance necessary to implement the amendments made by this subsection. The Secretary and the Chairman may by regulation or guidance provide that the presumption of control shall not extend to particular classes of transactions, such as corporate reorganizations or transactions below a specified dollar threshold, if either determines that applying such amendments to such transactions is not necessary to carry out the purposes of such amendments.

(h)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall take effect on the date which is 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, whether or not regulations are issued under subsection (g)(5).

103.

Treatment of foreign corporations managed and controlled in the United States as domestic corporations

(a)

In general

Section 7701 is amended by redesignating subsection (p) as subsection (q) and by inserting after subsection (o) the following new subsection:

(p)

Certain corporations managed and controlled in the United States treated as domestic for income tax

(1)

In general

Notwithstanding subsection (a)(4), in the case of a corporation described in paragraph (2) if—

(A)

the corporation would not otherwise be treated as a domestic corporation for purposes of this title, but

(B)

the management and control of the corporation occurs, directly or indirectly, primarily within the United States,

then, solely for purposes of chapter 1 (and any other provision of this title relating to chapter 1), the corporation shall be treated as a domestic corporation.
(2)

Corporation described

(A)

In general

A corporation is described in this paragraph if—

(i)

the stock of such corporation is regularly traded on an established securities market, or

(ii)

the aggregate gross assets of such corporation (or any predecessor thereof), including assets under management for investors, whether held directly or indirectly, at any time during the taxable year or any preceding taxable year is $50,000,000 or more.

(B)

General exception

A corporation shall not be treated as described in this paragraph if—

(i)

such corporation was treated as a corporation described in this paragraph in a preceding taxable year,

(ii)

such corporation—

(I)

is not regularly traded on an established securities market, and

(II)

has, and is reasonably expected to continue to have, aggregate gross assets (including assets under management for investors, whether held directly or indirectly) of less than $50,000,000, and

(iii)

the Secretary grants a waiver to such corporation under this subparagraph.

(C)

Exception from gross assets test

Subparagraph (A)(ii) shall not apply to a corporation which is a controlled foreign corporation (as defined in section 957) and which is a member of an affiliated group (as defined section 1504, but determined without regard to section 1504(b)(3)) the common parent of which—

(i)

is a domestic corporation (determined without regard to this subsection), and

(ii)

has substantial assets (other than cash and cash equivalents and other than stock of foreign subsidiaries) held for use in the active conduct of a trade or business in the United States.

(3)

Management and control

(A)

In general

The Secretary shall prescribe regulations for purposes of determining cases in which the management and control of a corporation is to be treated as occurring primarily within the United States.

(B)

Executive officers and senior management

Such regulations shall provide that—

(i)

the management and control of a corporation shall be treated as occurring primarily within the United States if substantially all of the executive officers and senior management of the corporation who exercise day-to-day responsibility for making decisions involving strategic, financial, and operational policies of the corporation are located primarily within the United States, and

(ii)

individuals who are not executive officers and senior management of the corporation (including individuals who are officers or employees of other corporations in the same chain of corporations as the corporation) shall be treated as executive officers and senior management if such individuals exercise the day-to-day responsibilities of the corporation described in clause (i).

(C)

Corporations primarily holding investment assets

Such regulations shall also provide that the management and control of a corporation shall be treated as occurring primarily within the United States if—

(i)

the assets of such corporation (directly or indirectly) consist primarily of assets being managed on behalf of investors, and

(ii)

decisions about how to invest the assets are made in the United States.

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(b)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning on or after the date which is 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, whether or not regulations are issued under section 7701(p)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as added by this section.

104.

Reporting United States beneficial owners of foreign owned financial accounts

(a)

In general

Subpart B of part III of subchapter A of chapter 61 is amended by inserting after section 6045B the following new sections:

6045C.

Returns regarding United States beneficial owners of financial accounts located in the United States and held in the name of a foreign entity

(a)

Requirement of return

If—

(1)

any withholding agent under sections 1441 and 1442 has the control, receipt, custody, disposal, or payment of any amount constituting gross income from sources within the United States of any foreign entity, including a trust, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or foundation (other than an entity with shares regularly traded on an established securities market), and

(2)

such withholding agent determines for purposes of titles 14, 18, or 31 of the United States Code that a United States person has any beneficial interest in the foreign entity or in the account in such entity's name (hereafter in this section referred to as United States beneficial owner),

then the withholding agent shall make a return according to the forms or regulations prescribed by the Secretary.
(b)

Required information

For purposes of subsection (a) the information required to be included on the return shall include—

(1)

the name, address, and, if known, the taxpayer identification number of the United States beneficial owner,

(2)

the known facts pertaining to the relationship of such United States beneficial owner to the foreign entity and the account,

(3)

the gross amount of income from sources within the United States (including gross proceeds from brokerage transactions), and

(4)

such other information as the Secretary may by forms or regulations provide.

(c)

Statements To Be furnished to beneficial owners with respect to whom information is required To Be reported

A withholding agent required to make a return under subsection (a) shall furnish to each United States beneficial owner whose name is required to be set forth in such return a statement showing—

(1)

the name, address, and telephone number of the information contact of the person required to make such return, and

(2)

the information required to be shown on such return with respect to such United States beneficial owner.

The written statement required under the preceding sentence shall be furnished to the United States beneficial owner on or before January 31 of the year following the calendar year for which the return under subsection (a) was required to be made. In the event the person filing such return does not have a current address for the United States beneficial owner, such written statement may be mailed to the address of the foreign entity.
6045D.

Returns by financial institutions regarding establishment of accounts in non-FATCA institutions

(a)

Requirement of return

Any financial institution directly or indirectly opening a bank, brokerage, or other financial account for or on behalf of an offshore entity, including a trust, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or foundation (other than an entity with shares regularly traded on an established securities market), in a non-FATCA institution (as defined in section 7701(a)(51)) at the direction of, on behalf of, or for the benefit of a United States person shall make a return according to the forms or regulations prescribed by the Secretary.

(b)

Required information

For purposes of subsection (a) the information required to be included on the return shall include—

(1)

the name, address, and taxpayer identification number of such United States person,

(2)

the name and address of the financial institution at which a financial account is opened, the type of account, the account number, the name under which the account was opened, and the amount of the initial deposit,

(3)

if the account is held in the name of an entity, the name and address of such entity, the type of entity, and the name and address of any company formation agent or other professional employed to form or acquire the entity, and

(4)

such other information as the Secretary may by forms or regulations provide.

(c)

Statements To be furnished to United States persons with respect to whom information is required To be reported

A financial institution required to make a return under subsection (a) shall furnish to each United States person whose name is required to be set forth in such return a statement showing—

(1)

the name, address, and telephone number of the information contact of the person required to make such return, and

(2)

the information required to be shown on such return with respect to such United States person.

The written statement required under the preceding sentence shall be furnished to such United States person on or before January 31 of the year following the calendar year for which the return under subsection (a) was required to be made.
(d)

Exemption

The Secretary may by regulations exempt any class of United States persons or any class of accounts or entities from the requirements of this section if the Secretary determines that applying this section to such persons, accounts, or entities is not necessary to carry out the purposes of this section.

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(b)

Penalties

(1)

Returns

Section 6724(d)(1)(B) is amended by striking or at the end of clause (xxiv), by striking and at the end of clause (xxv), and by adding after clause (xxv) the following new clauses:

(xxvi)

section 6045C(a) (relating to returns regarding United States beneficial owners of financial accounts located in the United States and held in the name of a foreign entity), or

(xxvii)

section 6045D(a) (relating to returns by financial institutions regarding establishment of accounts at non-FATCA institutions), and

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(2)

Payee statements

Section 6724(d)(2) is amended by striking or at the end of subparagraph (GG), by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (HH), and by inserting after subparagraph (HH) the following new subparagraphs:

(II)

section 6045C(c) (relating to returns regarding United States beneficial owners of financial accounts located in the United States and held in the name of a foreign entity),

(JJ)

section 6045D(c) (relating to returns by financial institutions regarding establishment of accounts at non-FATCA institutions).

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(c)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections for subpart B of part III of subchapter A of chapter 61 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 6045B the following new items:

Sec. 6045C. Returns regarding United States beneficial owners of financial accounts located in the United States and held in the name of a foreign entity.

Sec. 6045D. Returns by financial institutions regarding establishment of accounts at non-FATCA institutions.

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(d)

Additional penalties

(1)

Additional penalties on banks

Section 5239(b)(1) of the Revised Statutes (12 U.S.C. 93(b)(1)) is amended by inserting or any of the provisions of section 6045D of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, after any regulation issued pursuant to,.

(2)

Additional penalties on securities firms

Section 21(d)(3)(A) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78u(d)(3)(A)) is amended by inserting any of the provisions of section 6045D of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, after the rules or regulations thereunder,.

(e)

Regulatory authority and effective date

(1)

Regulatory Authority

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Treasury shall adopt regulations, forms, or other guidance necessary to implement this section.

(2)

Effective Date

Section 6045C of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (as added by this section) and the amendment made by subsection (d)(1) shall take effect with respect to amounts paid into foreign owned accounts located in the United States after December 31 of the year of the date of the enactment of this Act. Section 6045D of such Code (as so added) and the amendment made by subsection (d)(2) shall take effect with respect to accounts opened after December 31 of the year of the date of the enactment of this Act.

105.

Credit default swap payments made from the United States to persons offshore

(a)

Tax on credit default swap payments received by foreign persons

Section 871(a)(1) is amended—

(1)

by inserting credit default swap payments, after annuities, in subparagraph (A), and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new sentence: In the case of credit default swap payments, the source of a credit default swap payment is determined by reference to the location of the payor..

(b)

Tax on credit default swap payments received by foreign corporations

Section 881(a) is amended—

(1)

by inserting credit default swap payments, after annuities, in paragraph (1), and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new sentence: In the case of credit default swap payments, the source of a credit default swap payment is determined by reference to the location of the payor..

106.

Tax on income of controlled foreign corporation deposited in financial account located in the United States

Section 952(a) is amended by adding at the end the following new sentence: Notwithstanding section 956(c)(2)(A), any property (as defined in section 317(a)) of such controlled foreign corporation that is deposited and maintained, directly or indirectly, for or on behalf of such corporation in a financial account located in the United States, including in a correspondent account of a financial institution, is a constructive distribution with respect to the stock which such United States shareholder owns..

II

Other measures to combat tax haven and tax shelter abuses

201.

Country-by-country reporting

(a)

In general

Section 13 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78m) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(r)

Disclosure of financial performance on a country-by-Country basis

(1)

Definitions

In this subsection—

(A)

the term issuer group shall mean the issuer, each subsidiary of the issuer, and each entity under the control of the issuer;

(B)

the term country of operation shall mean each country in which a member of the issuer group is incorporated or organized, or maintains employees or conducts business activities; and

(C)

the term world-wide allocation of group members shall mean each member of the issuer group listed according to their country of operation.

(2)

Country-by-country reporting

The Commission shall issue rules that require each issuer to include in an annual report filed by the issuer with the Commission information indicative of financial performance on a country-by-country basis during the covered period, including—

(A)

a list of each country of operation;

(B)

the world-wide allocation of group members;

(C)

the financial performance of each member of the issuer group in each country of operation, without exception, including, and set forth according to—

(i)

total number of employees physically working in the country of operation;

(ii)

total sales by the member of the issuer group to third parties;

(iii)

total sales by the member of the issuer group to other members of the issuer group and total sales to each such member;

(iv)

total purchases by the member of the issuer group from third parties;

(v)

total purchases by the member of the issuer group from other members of the issuer group and total purchases from each such member;

(vi)

total financing payments made by the member of the issuer group to third parties;

(vii)

total financing payments made by the member of the issuer group to other members of the issuer group and total financing payments made to each such member;

(viii)

pre-tax gross revenues of the member of the issuer group;

(ix)

pre-tax net revenues of the member of the issuer group; and

(x)

such other financial information as the Commission may determine is indicative of the financial performance of the issuer;

(D)

the tax paid by each member of the issuer group in each country of operation, without exception, including, and set forth according to—

(i)

total Federal, regional, local, and other tax assessed against each member of the issuer group with respect to each country of operation during the covered period;

(ii)

after taking into account any tax deductions, tax credits, tax forgiveness, or other tax benefits or waivers, total amount of tax paid from the treasury of the member of the issuer group to the government of each country of operation during the covered period; and

(iii)

such other financial information as the Commission may determine is necessary or appropriate to inform the public of the tax obligations of and payments by each member of the issuer group; and

(E)

such other financial information as the Commission may determine is necessary or appropriate in the public interest or for the protection of investors.

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(b)

Rulemaking

(1)

Deadlines

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Commission shall issue a proposed rule to carry out this section and, not later than 270 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, shall issue a final rule to carry out this section.

(2)

Consultation

In issuing the rules under this section, the Commission shall consult with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Commissioner of Internal Revenue and, to the extent practicable and in furtherance of its obligation to protect investors, shall issue rules that support Federal efforts to reduce offshore tax evasion and abuses.

(3)

Interactive data format

The rules issued under this section shall require that the information provided by issuers in their annual reports be submitted in an interactive data format as provided in section 13(q)(2)(D) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78m(q)(2)(D)), and to the extent practicable, the Commission shall make available online, to the public, a compilation of such information.

(4)

Aggregate data

The rules may allow issuers to provide the financial information required under section 13(r) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78m(r)), as added by this section, aggregated at the level of each country of operation instead of with respect to each member of the issuer group individually, provided that the Commission retains the authority, at its discretion, to require further disaggregation.

(5)

Effective date

Each issuer shall be required to comply with the requirements of section 13(r) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78m(r)), as added by this section, not later than the date on which the issuer must file with the Commission its first annual report that is due not later than 1 year after the date on which the Commission issues a final rule under this section.

202.

Penalty for failing to disclose offshore holdings

(a)

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Section 21(d)(3)(B) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78u(d)(3)(B)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(iv)

Fourth tier

Notwithstanding clauses (i), (ii), and (iii), the amount of the penalty for each such violation shall not exceed $1,000,000 for any person if the violation described in subparagraph (A) involved a knowing failure to disclose any holding or transaction involving equity or debt instruments of an issuer and known by such person to involve a foreign entity, including any trust, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or foundation that is directly or indirectly controlled by such person, and which would have been otherwise subject to disclosure by such person under this title.

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(b)

Securities Act of 1933

Section 20(d)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77t(d)(2)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(D)

Fourth tier

Notwithstanding subparagraphs (A), (B), and (C), the amount of penalty for each such violation shall not exceed $1,000,000 for any person, if the violation described in paragraph (1) involved a knowing failure to disclose any holding or transaction involving equity or debt instruments of an issuer and known by such person to involve a foreign entity, including any trust, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or foundation, directly or indirectly controlled by such person, and which would have been otherwise subject to disclosure by such person under this title.

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(c)

Investment Company Act of 1940

Section 9(d)(2) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a–9(d)(2)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(D)

Fourth tier

Notwithstanding subparagraphs (A), (B), and (C), the amount of penalty for each such violation shall not exceed $1,000,000 for any person, if the violation described in paragraph (1) involved a knowing failure to disclose any holding or transaction involving equity or debt instruments of an issuer and known by such person to involve a foreign entity, including any trust, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or foundation, directly or indirectly controlled by such person, and which would have been otherwise subject to disclosure by such person under this title.

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(d)

Investment Advisers Act of 1940

Section 203(i)(2) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80b–3(i)(2)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(D)

Fourth tier

Notwithstanding subparagraphs (A), (B), and (C), the amount of penalty for each such violation shall not exceed $1,000,000 for any person, if the violation described in paragraph (1) involved a knowing failure to disclose any holding or transaction involving equity or debt instruments of an issuer and known by such person to involve a foreign entity, including any trust, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or foundation, directly or indirectly controlled by such person, and which would have been otherwise subject to disclosure by such person under this title.

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203.

Deadline for anti-money laundering rule for hedge funds and private equity funds

(a)

In general

(1)

Proposed rule

Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, shall publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register requiring unregistered investment companies, including hedge funds or private equity funds, to establish anti-money laundering programs and submit suspicious activity reports under subsections (g) and (h) of section 5318 of title 31, United States Code.

(2)

Final rule

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Treasury shall publish a final rule in the Federal Register on the matter described in paragraph (1).

(b)

Contents

The final rule published under this section—

(1)

shall require, at a minimum, that to safeguard against terrorist financing and money laundering, all unregistered investment companies shall—

(A)

use risk-based due diligence policies, procedures, and controls that are reasonably designed to ascertain the identity of any foreign person (including the nominal and beneficial owner or beneficiary of a foreign corporation, partnership, trust, or other foreign entity) planning to supply or supplying funds to be invested with the advice or assistance of that unregistered investment company; and

(B)

be subject to section 5318(k)(2) of title 31, United States Code; and

(2)

may incorporate aspects of the proposed rule for unregistered investment companies published in the Federal Register on September 26, 2002 (67 Fed. Reg. 60617) (relating to anti-money laundering programs).

(c)

Definitions

In this section—

(1)

the terms investment company and issuer have the same meanings as in section 2 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a–2); and

(2)

the term unregistered investment company means an issuer that would be an investment company, but for the exclusion under paragraph (1) or (7) of section 3(c) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a–3(c)).

204.

Anti-money laundering requirements for formation agents

(a)

Anti-Money laundering obligations for formation agents

Section 5312(a)(2) of title 31, United States Code, is amended, by—

(1)

in subparagraph (Y), by striking or at the end;

(2)

by redesignating subparagraph (Z) as subparagraph (AA); and

(3)

by inserting after subparagraph (Y) the following:

(Z)

persons engaged in the business of forming new corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, trusts, or other legal entities; or

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(b)

Deadline for anti-Money laundering rule for formation agents

(1)

Proposed rule

Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Attorney General of the United States, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, shall publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register requiring persons described in section 5312(a)(2)(Z) of title 31, United States Code, as added by this section, to establish anti-money laundering programs under subsections (g) and (h) of section 5318 of that title.

(2)

Final rule

Not later than 270 days after such date of enactment, the Secretary of the Treasury shall publish a final rule in the Federal Register on the matter described in paragraph (1).

(3)

Exclusions

Any rule promulgated under this subsection shall exclude from the category of persons engaged in the business of forming new corporations or other entities—

(A)

any government agency; and

(B)

any attorney or law firm that uses a paid formation agent operating within the United States to form such corporations or other entities.

205.

Strengthening John Doe summons proceedings

(a)

In general

Subsection (f) of section 7609 is amended to read as follows:

(f)

Additional requirement in the case of a John Doe summons

(1)

General Rule

Any summons described in subsection (c)(1) which does not identify the person with respect to whose liability the summons is issued may be served only after a court proceeding in which the Secretary establishes that—

(A)

the summons relates to the investigation of a particular person or ascertainable group or class of persons,

(B)

there is a reasonable basis for believing that such person or group or class of persons may fail or may have failed to comply with any provision of any internal revenue law, and

(C)

the information sought to be obtained from the examination of the records or testimony (and the identity of the person or persons with respect to whose liability the summons is issued) is not readily available from other sources.

(2)

Exception

Paragraph (1) shall not apply to any summons which specifies that it is limited to information regarding a United States correspondent account (as defined in section 5318A(e)(1)(B) of title 31, United States Code) or a United States payable-through account (as defined in section 5318A(e)(1)(C) of such title) of a financial institution that is held at a non-FATCA institution (as defined in section 7701(a)(51)).

(3)

Presumption in cases involving non-fatca institutions

For purposes of this section, in any case in which the particular person or ascertainable group or class of persons have financial accounts in or transactions related to a non-FATCA institution (as defined in section 7701(a)(51)), there shall be a presumption that there is a reasonable basis for believing that such person or group or class of persons may fail or may have failed to comply with provisions of internal revenue law.

(4)

Project John Doe summonses

(A)

In general

Notwithstanding the requirements of paragraph (1), the Secretary may issue a summons described in paragraph (1) if the summons—

(i)

relates to a project which is approved under subparagraph (B),

(ii)

is issued to a person who is a member of the group or class established under subparagraph (B)(i), and

(iii)

is issued within 3 years of the date on which such project was approved under subparagraph (B).

(B)

Approval of projects

A project may only be approved under this subparagraph after a court proceeding in which the Secretary establishes that—

(i)

any summons issues with respect to the project will be issued to a member of an ascertainable group or class of persons, and

(ii)

any summons issued with respect to such project will meet the requirements of paragraph (1).

(C)

Extension

Upon application of the Secretary, the court may extend the time for issuing such summonses under subparagraph (A)(i) for additional 3-year periods, but only if the court continues to exercise oversight of such project under subparagraph (D).

(D)

Ongoing court oversight

During any period in which the Secretary is authorized to issue summonses in relation to a project approved under subparagraph (B) (including during any extension under subparagraph (C)), the Secretary shall report annually to the court on the use of such authority, provide copies of all summonses with such report, and comply with the court's direction with respect to the issuance of any John Doe summons under such project.

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(b)

Jurisdiction of court

(1)

In general

Paragraph (1) of section 7609(h) is amended by inserting after the first sentence the following new sentence: Any United States district court in which a member of the group or class to which a summons may be issued resides or is found shall have jurisdiction to hear and determine the approval of a project under subsection (f)(2)(B)..

(2)

Conforming amendment

The first sentence of section 7609(h)(1) is amended by striking (f) and inserting (f)(1).

(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to summonses issued after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(d)

GAO report

Not later than the date which is 5 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall issue a report on the implementation of section 7609(f)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as added by this section.

206.

Improving enforcement of foreign financial account reporting

(a)

Clarifying the connection of foreign financial account reporting to tax administration

Paragraph (4) of section 6103(b) is amended by adding at the end the following new sentence:

For purposes of subparagraph (A)(i), section 5314 of title 31, United States Code, and sections 5321 and 5322 of such title (as such sections pertain to such section 5314), shall be considered related statutes.

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(b)

Simplifying the calculation of foreign financial account reporting penalties

Section 5321(a)(5)(D)(ii) of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking the balance in the account at the time of the violation and inserting the highest balance in the account during the reporting period to which the violation relates.

(c)

Clarifying the use of suspicious activity reports under the Bank Secrecy Act for civil tax law enforcement

Section 5319 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by inserting the civil and criminal enforcement divisions of the Internal Revenue Service, after including.

III

Combating tax shelter promoters

301.

Penalty for promoting abusive tax shelters

(a)

Penalty for promoting abusive tax shelters

Section 6700 is amended—

(1)

by redesignating subsections (b) and (c) as subsections (d) and (e), respectively,

(2)

by striking a penalty and all that follows through the period in the first sentence of subsection (a) and inserting a penalty determined under subsection (b), and

(3)

by inserting after subsection (a) the following new subsections:

(b)

Amount of penalty; calculation of penalty; liability for penalty

(1)

Amount of penalty

The amount of the penalty imposed by subsection (a) shall not exceed 150 percent of the gross income derived (or to be derived) from such activity by the person or persons subject to such penalty.

(2)

Calculation of penalty

The penalty amount determined under paragraph (1) shall be calculated with respect to each instance of an activity described in subsection (a), each instance in which income was derived by the person or persons subject to such penalty, and each person who participated in such an activity.

(3)

Liability for penalty

If more than 1 person is liable under subsection (a) with respect to such activity, all such persons shall be jointly and severally liable for the penalty under such subsection.

(c)

Penalty not deductible

The payment of any penalty imposed under this section or the payment of any amount to settle or avoid the imposition of such penalty shall not be considered an ordinary and necessary expense in carrying on a trade or business for purposes of this title and shall not be deductible by the person who is subject to such penalty or who makes such payment.

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(b)

Conforming amendment

Section 6700(a) is amended by striking the last sentence.

(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to activities after the date of the enactment of this Act.

302.

Penalty for aiding and abetting the understatement of tax liability

(a)

In general

Section 6701(a) is amended—

(1)

by inserting the tax liability or after respect to, in paragraph (1),

(2)

by inserting aid, assistance, procurement, or advice with respect to such before portion both places it appears in paragraphs (2) and (3), and

(3)

by inserting instance of aid, assistance, procurement, or advice or each such before document in the matter following paragraph (3).

(b)

Amount of penalty

Subsection (b) of section 6701 is amended to read as follows:

(b)

Amount of penalty; calculation of penalty; liability for penalty

(1)

Amount of penalty

The amount of the penalty imposed by subsection (a) shall not exceed 150 percent of the gross income derived (or to be derived) from such aid, assistance, procurement, or advice provided by the person or persons subject to such penalty.

(2)

Calculation of penalty

The penalty amount determined under paragraph (1) shall be calculated with respect to each instance of aid, assistance, procurement, or advice described in subsection (a), each instance in which income was derived by the person or persons subject to such penalty, and each person who made such an understatement of the liability for tax.

(3)

Liability for penalty

If more than 1 person is liable under subsection (a) with respect to providing such aid, assistance, procurement, or advice, all such persons shall be jointly and severally liable for the penalty under such subsection.

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(c)

Penalty not deductible

Section 6701 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(g)

Penalty not deductible

The payment of any penalty imposed under this section or the payment of any amount to settle or avoid the imposition of such penalty shall not be considered an ordinary and necessary expense in carrying on a trade or business for purposes of this title and shall not be deductible by the person who is subject to such penalty or who makes such payment.

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(d)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to activities after the date of the enactment of this Act.

303.

Prohibited fee arrangement

(a)

In general

Section 6701, as amended by this Act, is amended—

(1)

by redesignating subsections (f) and (g) as subsections (g) and (h), respectively,

(2)

by striking subsection (a). in paragraphs (2) and (3) of subsection (g) (as redesignated by paragraph (1)) and inserting subsection (a) or (f)., and

(3)

by inserting after subsection (e) the following new subsection:

(f)

Prohibited fee arrangement

(1)

In general

Any person who makes an agreement for, charges, or collects a fee which is for services provided in connection with the internal revenue laws, and the amount of which is calculated according to, or is dependent upon, a projected or actual amount of—

(A)

tax savings or benefits, or

(B)

losses which can be used to offset other taxable income,

shall pay a penalty with respect to each such fee activity in the amount determined under subsection (b).
(2)

Rules

The Secretary may issue rules to carry out the purposes of this subsection and may provide exceptions for fee arrangements that are in the public interest.

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(b)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to fee agreements, charges, and collections made after the date of the enactment of this Act.

304.

Preventing tax shelter activities by financial institutions

(a)

Examinations

(1)

Development of examination techniques

Each of the Federal banking agencies and the Commission shall, in consultation with the Internal Revenue Service, develop examination techniques to detect potential violations of section 6700 or 6701 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, by depository institutions, brokers, dealers, and investment advisers, as appropriate.

(2)

Implementation

Each of the Federal banking agencies and the Commission shall implement the examination techniques developed under paragraph (1) with respect to each of the depository institutions, brokers, dealers, or investment advisers subject to their enforcement authority. Such examination shall, to the extent possible, be combined with any examination by such agency otherwise required or authorized by Federal law.

(b)

Report to internal revenue service

In any case in which an examination conducted under this section with respect to a financial institution or other entity reveals a potential violation, such agency shall promptly notify the Internal Revenue Service of such potential violation for investigation and enforcement by the Internal Revenue Service, in accordance with applicable provisions of law.

(c)

Report to congress

The Federal banking agencies and the Commission shall submit a joint written report to Congress in 2013 on their progress in preventing violations of sections 6700 and 6701 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, by depository institutions, brokers, dealers, and investment advisers, as appropriate.

(d)

Definitions

For purposes of this section—

(1)

the terms broker, dealer, and investment adviser have the same meanings as in section 3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78c);

(2)

the term Commission means the Securities and Exchange Commission;

(3)

the term depository institution has the same meaning as in section 3(c) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. 1813(c));

(4)

the term Federal banking agencies has the same meaning as in section 3(q) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. 1813(q)); and

(5)

the term Secretary means the Secretary of the Treasury.

305.

Information sharing for enforcement purposes

(a)

Promotion of prohibited tax shelters or tax avoidance schemes

Section 6103(h) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(7)

Disclosure of returns and return information related to promotion of prohibited tax shelters or tax avoidance schemes

(A)

Written request

Upon receipt by the Secretary of a written request which meets the requirements of subparagraph (B) from the head of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, an appropriate Federal banking agency as defined under section 1813(q) of title 12, United States Code, or the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, a return or return information shall be disclosed to such requestor’s officers and employees who are personally and directly engaged in an investigation, examination, or proceeding by such requestor to evaluate, determine, penalize, or deter conduct by a financial institution, issuer, or public accounting firm, or associated person, in connection with a potential or actual violation of section 6700 (promotion of abusive tax shelters), 6701 (aiding and abetting understatement of tax liability), or activities related to promoting or facilitating inappropriate tax avoidance or tax evasion. Such disclosure shall be solely for use by such officers and employees in such investigation, examination, or proceeding. In the discretion of the Secretary, such disclosure may take the form of the participation of Internal Revenue Service employees in a joint investigation, examination, or proceeding with the Securities Exchange Commission, Federal banking agency, or Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

(B)

Requirements

A request meets the requirements of this subparagraph if it sets forth—

(i)

the nature of the investigation, examination, or proceeding,

(ii)

the statutory authority under which such investigation, examination, or proceeding is being conducted,

(iii)

the name or names of the financial institution, issuer, or public accounting firm to which such return information relates,

(iv)

the taxable period or periods to which such return information relates, and

(v)

the specific reason or reasons why such disclosure is, or may be, relevant to such investigation, examination or proceeding.

(C)

Financial institution

For the purposes of this paragraph, the term financial institution means a depository institution, foreign bank, insured institution, industrial loan company, broker, dealer, investment company, investment advisor, or other entity subject to regulation or oversight by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission or an appropriate Federal banking agency.

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(b)

Financial and accounting fraud investigations

Section 6103(i) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(9)

Disclosure of returns and return information for use in financial and accounting fraud investigations

(A)

Written request

Upon receipt by the Secretary of a written request which meets the requirements of subparagraph (B) from the head of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission or the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, a return or return information shall be disclosed to such requestor’s officers and employees who are personally and directly engaged in an investigation, examination, or proceeding by such requester to evaluate the accuracy of a financial statement or report, or to determine whether to require a restatement, penalize, or deter conduct by an issuer, investment company, or public accounting firm, or associated person, in connection with a potential or actual violation of auditing standards or prohibitions against false or misleading statements or omissions in financial statements or reports. Such disclosure shall be solely for use by such officers and employees in such investigation, examination, or proceeding.

(B)

Requirements

A request meets the requirements of this subparagraph if it sets forth—

(i)

the nature of the investigation, examination, or proceeding,

(ii)

the statutory authority under which such investigation, examination, or proceeding is being conducted,

(iii)

the name or names of the issuer, investment company, or public accounting firm to which such return information relates,

(iv)

the taxable period or periods to which such return information relates, and

(v)

the specific reason or reasons why such disclosure is, or may be, relevant to such investigation, examination or proceeding.

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(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to disclosures and to information and document requests made after the date of the enactment of this Act.

306.

Disclosure of information to Congress

(a)

Disclosure by tax return preparer

(1)

In general

Subparagraph (B) of section 7216(b)(1) is amended to read as follows:

(B)

pursuant to any one of the following documents, if clearly identified:

(i)

The order of any Federal, State, or local court of record.

(ii)

A subpoena issued by a Federal or State grand jury.

(iii)

An administrative order, summons, or subpoena which is issued in the performance of its duties by—

(I)

any Federal agency, including Congress or any committee or subcommittee thereof, or

(II)

any State agency, body, or commission charged under the laws of the State or a political subdivision of the State with the licensing, registration, or regulation of tax return preparers.

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(2)

Effective date

The amendment made by this subsection shall apply to disclosures made after the date of the enactment of this Act pursuant to any document in effect on or after such date.

(b)

Disclosure by Secretary

Paragraph (2) of section 6104(a) is amended to read as follows:

(2)

Inspection by Congress

(A)

In general

Upon receipt of a written request from a committee or subcommittee of Congress, copies of documents related to a determination by the Secretary to grant, deny, revoke, or restore an organization’s exemption from taxation under section 501 shall be provided to such committee or subcommittee, including any application, notice of status, or supporting information provided by such organization to the Internal Revenue Service; any letter, analysis, or other document produced by or for the Internal Revenue Service evaluating, determining, explaining, or relating to the tax exempt status of such organization (other than returns, unless such returns are available to the public under this section or section 6103 or 6110); and any communication between the Internal Revenue Service and any other party relating to the tax exempt status of such organization.

(B)

Additional information

Section 6103(f) shall apply with respect to—

(i)

the application for exemption of any organization described in subsection (c) or (d) of section 501 which is exempt from taxation under section 501(a) for any taxable year and any application referred to in subparagraph (B) of subsection (a)(1) of this section, and

(ii)

any other papers which are in the possession of the Secretary and which relate to such application,

as if such papers constituted returns.

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(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to disclosures and to information and document requests made after the date of the enactment of this Act.

307.

Tax opinion standards for tax practitioners

Section 330(d) of title 31, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

(d)

The Secretary of the Treasury shall impose standards applicable to the rendering of written advice with respect to any listed transaction or any entity, plan, arrangement, or other transaction which has a potential for tax avoidance or evasion. Such standards shall address, but not be limited to, the following issues:

(1)

Independence of the practitioner issuing such written advice from persons promoting, marketing, or recommending the subject of the advice.

(2)

Collaboration among practitioners, or between a practitioner and other party, which could result in such collaborating parties having a joint financial interest in the subject of the advice.

(3)

Avoidance of conflicts of interest which would impair auditor independence.

(4)

For written advice issued by a firm, standards for reviewing the advice and ensuring the consensus support of the firm for positions taken.

(5)

Reliance on reasonable factual representations by the taxpayer and other parties.

(6)

Appropriateness of the fees charged by the practitioner for the written advice.

(7)

Preventing practitioners and firms from aiding or abetting the understatement of tax liability by clients.

(8)

Banning the promotion of potentially abusive or illegal tax shelters.

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