H.R. 6005 (112th): Long-Term Care and Retirement Security Act of 2012

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Jun 21, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6005

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 21, 2012

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 allow individuals a deduction for qualified long-term care insurance premiums, use of such insurance under cafeteria plans and flexible spending arrangements, and a credit for individuals with long-term care needs.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Long-Term Care and Retirement Security Act of 2012.

2.

Treatment of premiums on qualified long-term care insurance contracts

(a)

In general

Part VII of subchapter B of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to additional itemized deductions) is amended by redesignating section 224 as section 225 and by inserting after section 223 the following new section:

224.

Premiums on qualified long-term care insurance contracts

(a)

In general

In the case of an individual, there shall be allowed as a deduction an amount equal to the applicable percentage of eligible long-term care premiums (as defined in section 213(d)(10)) paid during the taxable year for coverage for the taxpayer and the taxpayer’s spouse and dependents under a qualified long-term care insurance contract (as defined in section 7702B(b)).

(b)

Applicable percentage

For purposes of subsection (a), the applicable percentage shall be determined in accordance with the following table:

For taxable years beginningThe applicable
 in calendar year—percentage is—
201325
201435
201565
2016 or thereafter100.
(c)

Coordination with other deductions

Any amount paid by a taxpayer for any qualified long-term care insurance contract to which subsection (a) applies shall not be taken into account in computing the amount allowable to the taxpayer as a deduction under section 162(l) or 213(a).

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(b)

Long-term care insurance permitted To be offered under cafeteria plans and flexible spending arrangements

(1)

Cafeteria plans

Paragraph (2) of section 125(f) of such Code (relating to long-term care insurance not qualified) is amended by inserting before the period at the end ; except that such term shall include the payment of premiums for any qualified long-term care insurance contract (as defined in section 7702B) to the extent the amount of such payment does not exceed the eligible long-term care premiums (as defined in section 213(d)(10)) for such contract.

(2)

Flexible spending arrangements

Section 106 of such Code (relating to contributions by an employer to accident and health plans) is amended by inserting and before January 1, 2013, after January 1, 1997,.

(c)

Conforming amendments

(1)

Section 62(a) of such Code is amended by inserting before the last sentence at the end the following new paragraph:

(22)

Premiums on qualified long-term care insurance contracts

The deduction allowed by section 224.

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(2)

The table of sections for part VII of subchapter B of chapter 1 of such Code is amended by striking the last item and inserting the following new items:

Sec. 224. Premiums on qualified long-term care insurance contracts.

Sec. 225. Cross reference.

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(d)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2012.

3.

Credit for taxpayers with long-term care needs

(a)

In general

Subpart A of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to nonrefundable personal credits) is amended by inserting after section 25D the following new section:

25E.

Credit for taxpayers with long-term care needs

(a)

Allowance of credit

(1)

In general

There shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this chapter for the taxable year an amount equal to the applicable credit amount multiplied by the number of applicable individuals with respect to whom the taxpayer is an eligible caregiver for the taxable year.

(2)

Applicable credit amount

For purposes of paragraph (1), the applicable credit amount shall be determined in accordance with the following table:

For taxable years beginningThe applicable
 in calendar year—credit amount is—
20131,500
20142,000
20152,500
2016 or thereafter3,000.
(b)

Limitation based on adjusted gross income

(1)

In general

The amount of the credit allowable under subsection (a) shall be reduced (but not below zero) by $100 for each $1,000 (or fraction thereof) by which the taxpayer’s modified adjusted gross income exceeds the threshold amount. For purposes of the preceding sentence, the term modified adjusted gross income means adjusted gross income increased by any amount excluded from gross income under section 911, 931, or 933.

(2)

Threshold amount

For purposes of paragraph (1), the term threshold amount means—

(A)

$150,000 in the case of a joint return, and

(B)

$75,000 in any other case.

(3)

Indexing

In the case of any taxable year beginning in a calendar year after 2013, each dollar amount contained in paragraph (2) shall be increased by an amount equal to the product of—

(A)

such dollar amount, and

(B)

the medical care cost adjustment determined under section 213(d)(10)(B)(ii) for the calendar year in which the taxable year begins, determined by substituting August 2012 for August 1996 in subclause (II) thereof.

If any increase determined under the preceding sentence is not a multiple of $50, such increase shall be rounded to the next lowest multiple of $50.
(c)

Definitions

For purposes of this section—

(1)

Applicable individual

(A)

In general

The term applicable individual means, with respect to any taxable year, any individual who has been certified, before the due date for filing the return of tax for the taxable year (without extensions), by a physician (as defined in section 1861(r)(1) of the Social Security Act) as being an individual with long-term care needs described in subparagraph (B) for a period—

(i)

which is at least 180 consecutive days, and

(ii)

a portion of which occurs within the taxable year.

Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, a certification shall not be treated as valid unless it is made within the 39½ month period ending on such due date (or such other period as the Secretary prescribes).
(B)

Individuals with long-term care needs

An individual is described in this subparagraph if the individual meets any of the following requirements:

(i)

The individual is unable to perform (without substantial assistance from another individual) at least 3 activities of daily living (as defined in section 7702B(c)(2)(B)) due to a loss of functional capacity.

(ii)

The individual requires substantial supervision to protect such individual from threats to health and safety due to severe cognitive impairment and is unable to perform, without reminding or cuing assistance, at least 1 activity of daily living (as so defined) or to the extent provided in regulations prescribed by the Secretary (in consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services), is unable to engage in age appropriate activities.

(iii)

The individual is unable due to a loss of functional capacity to perform (without substantial assistance from another individual) at least 2 of the following activities: eating, transferring, or mobility.

(iv)

The individual is under 2 years of age and requires specific durable medical equipment by reason of a severe health condition or requires a skilled practitioner trained to address the individual’s condition to be available if the individual’s parents or guardians are absent.

(2)

Eligible caregiver

(A)

In general

A taxpayer shall be treated as an eligible caregiver for any taxable year with respect to the following individuals:

(i)

The taxpayer.

(ii)

The taxpayer’s spouse.

(iii)

An individual with respect to whom the taxpayer is allowed a deduction under section 151(c) for the taxable year.

(iv)

An individual who would be described in clause (iii) for the taxable year if section 151(c) were applied by substituting for the exemption amount an amount equal to the sum of the exemption amount, the standard deduction under section 63(c)(2)(C), and any additional standard deduction under section 63(c)(3) which would be applicable to the individual if clause (iii) applied.

(v)

An individual who would be described in clause (iii) for the taxable year if—

(I)

the requirements of clause (iv) are met with respect to the individual, and

(II)

the requirements of subparagraph (B) are met with respect to the individual in lieu of the support test under subsection (c)(1)(D) or (d)(1)(C) of section 152.

(B)

Residency test

The requirements of this subparagraph are met if an individual has as his principal place of abode the home of the taxpayer and—

(i)

in the case of an individual who is an ancestor or descendant of the taxpayer or the taxpayer’s spouse, is a member of the taxpayer’s household for over half the taxable year, or

(ii)

in the case of any other individual, is a member of the taxpayer’s household for the entire taxable year.

(C)

Special rules where more than 1 eligible caregiver

(i)

In general

If more than 1 individual is an eligible caregiver with respect to the same applicable individual for taxable years ending with or within the same calendar year, a taxpayer shall be treated as the eligible caregiver if each such individual (other than the taxpayer) files a written declaration (in such form and manner as the Secretary may prescribe) that such individual will not claim such applicable individual for the credit under this section.

(ii)

No agreement

If each individual required under clause (i) to file a written declaration under clause (i) does not do so, the individual with the highest adjusted gross income shall be treated as the eligible caregiver.

(iii)

Married individuals filing separately

In the case of married individuals filing separately, the determination under this subparagraph as to whether the husband or wife is the eligible caregiver shall be made under the rules of clause (ii) (whether or not one of them has filed a written declaration under clause (i)).

(d)

Identification requirement

No credit shall be allowed under this section to a taxpayer with respect to any applicable individual unless the taxpayer includes the name and taxpayer identification number of such individual, and the identification number of the physician certifying such individual, on the return of tax for the taxable year.

(e)

Taxable year must be full taxable year

Except in the case of a taxable year closed by reason of the death of the taxpayer, no credit shall be allowable under this section in the case of a taxable year covering a period of less than 12 months.

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(b)

Conforming amendments

(1)

Section 6213(g)(2) of such Code is amended by striking and at the end of subparagraph (L), by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (M) and inserting , and, and by inserting after subparagraph (M) the following new subparagraph:

(N)

an omission of a correct TIN or physician identification required under section 25E(d) (relating to credit for taxpayers with long-term care needs) to be included on a return.

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(2)

The table of sections for subpart A of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of such Code is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 25D the following new item:

Sec. 25E. Credit for taxpayers with long-term care needs.

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(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2012.

4.

Additional consumer protections for long-term care insurance

(a)

Additional protections applicable to long-Term care insurance

Subparagraphs (A) and (B) of section 7702B(g)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to requirements of model regulation and Act) are amended to read as follows:

(A)

In general

The requirements of this paragraph are met with respect to any contract if such contract meets—

(i)

Model regulation

The following requirements of the model regulation:

(I)

Section 6A (relating to guaranteed renewal or noncancellability), other than paragraph (5) thereof, and the requirements of section 6B of the model Act relating to such section 6A.

(II)

Section 6B (relating to prohibitions on limitations and exclusions) other than paragraph (7) thereof.

(III)

Section 6C (relating to extension of benefits).

(IV)

Section 6D (relating to continuation or conversion of coverage).

(V)

Section 6E (relating to discontinuance and replacement of policies).

(VI)

Section 7 (relating to unintentional lapse).

(VII)

Section 8 (relating to disclosure), other than sections 8F, 8G, 8H, and 8I thereof.

(VIII)

Section 11 (relating to prohibitions against post-claims underwriting).

(IX)

Section 12 (relating to minimum standards for home health and community care).

(X)

Section 13 (relating to requirement to offer inflation protection).

(XI)

Section 25 (relating to prohibition against preexisting conditions and probationary periods in replacement policies or certificates).

(XII)

The provisions of section 28 relating to contingent nonforfeiture benefits, if the policyholder declines the offer of a nonforfeiture provision described in paragraph (4).

(ii)

Model Act

The following requirements of the model Act:

(I)

Section 6C (relating to preexisting conditions).

(II)

Section 6D (relating to prior hospitalization).

(III)

The provisions of section 8 relating to contingent nonforfeiture benefits, if the policyholder declines the offer of a nonforfeiture provision described in paragraph (4).

(B)

Definitions

For purposes of this paragraph—

(i)

Model provisions

The terms model regulation and model Act mean the long-term care insurance model regulation, and the long-term care insurance model Act, respectively, promulgated by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (as adopted as of December 31, 2008).

(ii)

Coordination

Any provision of the model regulation or model Act listed under clause (i) or (ii) of subparagraph (A) shall be treated as including any other provision of such regulation or Act necessary to implement the provision.

(iii)

Determination

For purposes of this section and section 4980C, the determination of whether any requirement of a model regulation or the model Act has been met shall be made by the Secretary.

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(b)

Excise tax

Paragraph (1) of section 4980C(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to requirements of model provisions) is amended to read as follows:

(1)

Requirements of model provisions

(A)

Model regulation

The following requirements of the model regulation must be met:

(i)

Section 9 (relating to required disclosure of rating practices to consumer).

(ii)

Section 14 (relating to application forms and replacement coverage).

(iii)

Section 15 (relating to reporting requirements).

(iv)

Section 22 (relating to filing requirements for advertising).

(v)

Section 23 (relating to standards for marketing), other than paragraphs (1), (6), and (9) of section 23C.

(vi)

Section 24 (relating to suitability).

(vii)

Section 27 (relating to the right to reduce coverage and lower premiums).

(viii)

Section 31 (relating to the right to appeal an insurer’s determination that a benefit trigger is not met).

(ix)

Section 32 (relating to prompt payment of clean claims).

(x)

Section 33 (relating to standard format outline of coverage).

(xi)

Section 34 (relating to requirement to deliver shopper's guide).

The requirements referred to in clause (vi) shall not include those portions of the personal worksheet described in Appendix B relating to consumer protection requirements not imposed by section 4980C or 7702B.
(B)

Model Act

The following requirements of the model Act must be met:

(i)

Section 6F (relating to right to return the policy).

(ii)

Section 6G (relating to outline of coverage).

(iii)

Section 6H (relating to requirements for certificates under group plans).

(iv)

Section 6J (relating to policy summary).

(v)

Section 6K (relating to monthly reports on LTC coverage funded by a life insurance policy’s accelerated death benefits).

(vi)

Section 7 (relating to incontestability period).

(C)

Definitions

For purposes of this paragraph, the terms model regulation and model Act have the meanings given such terms by section 7702B(g)(2)(B).

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(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to policies issued after December 31, 2012.