H. R. 6084
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 9, 2012
Mr. Smith of New Jersey (for himself and Mr. Doyle) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a refundable tax credit for education and training expenses relating to autism spectrum disorders to increase the number of teachers with such expertise.
This Act may be cited as the
Teacher Education for Autistic
Children Act of 2012 or the
TEACH Act of 2012.
Findings; purpose; definition
Congress finds the following:
The occurrence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has increased during the past during the past 30 years from an estimated 3 in 10,000 to an estimated 1 in 88 according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in March 2012. CDC classified as having ASD children whose behaviors were consistent with the DSM–IV–TR criteria for Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, or Pervasive Developmental Disorder—Not Other Otherwise Specified (PDD–NOS).
Autism is a complex developmental disability that affects an individual in the areas of social interaction and communication. Because it is a spectrum disorder, it affects each individual differently and to varying degrees of severity. People with autism process and respond to information in unique ways. In some cases, aggressive or self-injurious behavior may be present.
The increased number of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder is a growing and urgent concern for families and educators, as our education systems struggle to respond to the needs of this population in a comprehensive manner.
Factors that have a major impact on the intensity and types of education-related services for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder include the uniqueness of the ways individuals with autism process and respond to information, the variability of how autism affects each individual, the percentage of time individuals with autism are successfully taught in a regular classroom, and the communication and socialization deficits of those individuals.
Children with an autism spectrum disorder who receive intensive and appropriate educational services often make very significant functional improvements.
It is the purpose of this Act to increase the number of teachers and paraprofessional teaching assistants with expertise in autism spectrum disorders by providing a refundable tax credit for qualified education expenses of such teachers and paraprofessional teaching assistants.
For purposes of this Act, the term autism spectrum disorders has the meaning given to the term Pervasive Developmental Disorder by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM–IV–TR).
Refundable tax credit for education and training relating to autism spectrum disorders
Subpart C of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to refundable credits) is amended by inserting after section 36B the following new section:
Education and training relating to autism spectrum disorders
Allowance of credit
In the case of an eligible individual, there shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this chapter for the taxable year an amount equal to the qualified expenses which are paid or incurred by the taxpayer during such taxable year.
The amount allowed as a credit under subsection (a) for a taxable year shall not exceed $10,000.
The term qualified expenses means—
tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for the enrollment or attendance of such individual in a course or program of study to prepare such individual to teach children or adults with an autism spectrum disorder, and
interest on a qualified education loan (as defined by section 221(d)(1)), the proceeds of which are used for expenses described in paragraph (1).
Autism spectrum disorders
For purposes of this section, the term autism spectrum disorders has the meaning given to such term in section 2(c) of the TEACH Act of 2012.
Approval of courses and programs of study
A course or program of study shall not be taken into account for purposes of subsection (c) unless such course or program is approved by the State in which such course or program is offered.
Denial of double benefit
No credit or deduction shall be allowed under this chapter for any expense for which credit is allowed under this section.
Coordination with other education provisions
The total amount of qualified expenses shall be reduced by the amount of such expenses taken into account in determining any amount allowed as a credit under section 25A, excluded under section 135, 529(c)(1), or 530(d)(2), or deducted under section 222. For purposes of the preceding sentence, the amount taken into account in determining the amount excluded under section 529(c)(1) shall not include that portion of the distribution which represents a return of any contributions to the plan.
This section shall not apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017.
Paragraph (2) of section 1324(b) of title 31, United
States Code, is amended by inserting
The table of sections for subpart C of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new item:
Sec. 36C. Education and training relating to autism spectrum disorders.
The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2012.