H.R. 6152 (112th): Bring Jobs Home Act

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Jul 19, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6152

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 19, 2012

(for himself, Mr. Levin, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Stark, Mr. McDermott, Mr. Lewis of Georgia, Mr. Neal, Mr. Becerra, Mr. Doggett, Mr. Thompson of California, Mr. Larson of Connecticut, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Kind, Mr. Crowley, and Ms. Berkley) 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 encourage domestic insourcing and discourage foreign outsourcing, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Bring Jobs Home Act.

2.

Credit for insourcing expenses

(a)

In general

Subpart D 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 section:

45S.

Credit for insourcing expenses

(a)

In general

For purposes of section 38, the insourcing expenses credit for any taxable year is an amount equal to 20 percent of the eligible insourcing expenses of the taxpayer which are taken into account in such taxable year under subsection (d).

(b)

Eligible insourcing expenses

For purposes of this section—

(1)

In general

The term eligible insourcing expenses means—

(A)

eligible expenses paid or incurred by the taxpayer in connection with the elimination of any business unit of the taxpayer (or of any member of any expanded affiliated group in which the taxpayer is also a member) located outside the United States, and

(B)

eligible expenses paid or incurred by the taxpayer in connection with the establishment of any business unit of the taxpayer (or of any member of any expanded affiliated group in which the taxpayer is also a member) located within the United States,

if such establishment constitutes the relocation of business unit so eliminated. For purposes of the preceding sentence, a relocation shall not be treated as failing to occur merely because such elimination occurs in a different taxable year than such establishment.
(2)

Eligible expenses

The term eligible expenses means—

(A)

any amount for which a deduction is allowed to the taxpayer under section 162, and

(B)

permit and license fees, lease brokerage fees, equipment installation costs, and, to the extent provided by the Secretary, other similar expenses.

Such term does not include any compensation which is paid or incurred in connection with severance from employment and, to the extent provided by the Secretary, any similar amount.
(3)

Business unit

The term business unit means—

(A)

any trade or business, and

(B)

any line of business, or functional unit, which is part of any trade or business.

(4)

Expanded affiliated group

The term expanded affiliated group means an affiliated group as defined in section 1504(a), determined without regard to section 1504(b)(3) and by substituting more than 50 percent for at least 80 percent each place it appears in section 1504(a). A partnership or any other entity (other than a corporation) shall be treated as a member of an expanded affiliated group if such entity is controlled (within the meaning of section 954(d)(3)) by members of such group (including any entity treated as a member of such group by reason of this paragraph).

(5)

Expenses must be pursuant to insourcing plan

Amounts shall be taken into account under paragraph (1) only to the extent that such amounts are paid or incurred pursuant to a written plan to carry out the relocation described in paragraph (1).

(6)

Operating expenses not taken into account

Any amount paid or incurred in connection with the on-going operation of a business unit shall not be treated as an amount paid or incurred in connection with the establishment or elimination of such business unit.

(c)

Increased domestic employment requirement

No credit shall be allowed under this section unless the number of full-time equivalent employees of the taxpayer for the taxable year for which the credit is claimed exceeds the number of full-time equivalent employees of the taxpayer for the last taxable year ending before the first taxable year in which such eligible insourcing expenses were paid or incurred. For purposes of this subsection, full-time equivalent employees has the meaning given such term under section 45R(d) (and the applicable rules of section 45R(e)), determined by only taking into account wages (as otherwise defined in section 45R(e)) paid with respect to services performed within the United States. All employers treated as a single employer under subsection (b), (c), (m), or (o) of section 414 shall be treated as a single employer for purposes of this subsection.

(d)

Credit allowed upon completion of insourcing plan

(1)

In general

Except as provided in paragraph (2), eligible insourcing expenses shall be taken into account under subsection (a) in the taxable year during which the plan described in subsection (b)(5) has been completed and all eligible insourcing expenses pursuant to such plan have been paid or incurred.

(2)

Election to apply employment test and claim credit in first full taxable year after completion of plan

If the taxpayer elects the application of this paragraph, eligible insourcing expenses shall be taken into account under subsection (a) in the first taxable year after the taxable year described in paragraph (1).

(e)

Possessions treated as part of the United States

For purposes of this section, the term United States shall be treated as including each possession of the United States (including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).

(f)

Regulations

The Secretary shall prescribe such regulations or other guidance as may be necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this section.

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(b)

Credit To be part of general business credit

Subsection (b) of section 38 of such Code is amended by striking plus at the end of paragraph (35), by striking the period at the end of paragraph (36) and inserting , plus, and by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(37)

the insourcing expenses credit determined under section 45S(a).

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(c)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections for subpart D of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

Sec. 45S. Credit for insourcing expenses.

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(d)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to amounts paid or incurred after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(e)

Application to United States possessions

(1)

Payments to possessions

(A)

Mirror code possessions

The Secretary of the Treasury shall make periodic payments to each possession of the United States with a mirror code tax system in an amount equal to the loss to that possession by reason of section 45S of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Such amount shall be determined by the Secretary of the Treasury based on information provided by the government of the respective possession.

(B)

Other possessions

The Secretary of the Treasury shall make annual payments to each possession of the United States which does not have a mirror code tax system in an amount estimated by the Secretary of the Treasury as being equal to the aggregate benefits that would have been provided to residents of such possession by reason of section 45S of such Code if a mirror code tax system had been in effect in such possession. The preceding sentence shall not apply with respect to any possession of the United States unless such possession has a plan, which has been approved by the Secretary of the Treasury, under which such possession will promptly distribute such payment to the residents of such possession.

(2)

Coordination with credit allowed against United States income taxes

No credit shall be allowed against United States income taxes under section 45S of such Code to any person—

(A)

to whom a credit is allowed against taxes imposed by the possession by reason of such section, or

(B)

who is eligible for a payment under a plan described in paragraph (1)(B).

(3)

Definitions and special rules

(A)

Possessions of the United States

For purposes of this section, the term possession of the United States includes the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

(B)

Mirror code tax system

For purposes of this section, the term mirror code tax system means, with respect to any possession of the United States, the income tax system of such possession if the income tax liability of the residents of such possession under such system is determined by reference to the income tax laws of the United States as if such possession were the United States.

(C)

Treatment of payments

For purposes of section 1324(b)(2) of title 31, United States Code, the payments under this section shall be treated in the same manner as a refund due from sections referred to in such section 1324(b)(2).

3.

Denial of deduction for outsourcing expenses

(a)

In general

Part IX of subchapter B of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

280I.

Outsourcing expenses

(a)

In general

No deduction otherwise allowable under this chapter shall be allowed for any specified outsourcing expense.

(b)

Specified outsourcing expense

For purposes of this section—

(1)

In general

The term specified outsourcing expense means—

(A)

any eligible expense paid or incurred by the taxpayer in connection with the elimination of any business unit of the taxpayer (or of any member of any expanded affiliated group in which the taxpayer is also a member) located within the United States, and

(B)

any eligible expense paid or incurred by the taxpayer in connection with the establishment of any business unit of the taxpayer (or of any member of any expanded affiliated group in which the taxpayer is also a member) located outside the United States,

if such establishment constitutes the relocation of business unit so eliminated. For purposes of the preceding sentence, a relocation shall not be treated as failing to occur merely because such elimination occurs in a different taxable year than such establishment.
(2)

Application of certain definitions and rules

(A)

Definitions

For purposes of this section, the terms eligible expenses, business unit, and expanded affiliated group shall have the respective meanings given such terms by section 45S(b).

(B)

Operating expenses not taken into account

A rule similar to the rule of section 45S(b)(6) shall apply for purposes of this section.

(c)

Special rules

(1)

Application to deductions for depreciation and amortization

In the case of any portion of a specified outsourcing expense which is not deductible in the taxable year in which paid or incurred, such portion shall neither be chargeable to capital account nor amortizable.

(2)

Possessions treated as part of the United States

For purposes of this section, the term United States shall be treated as including each possession of the United States (including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).

(d)

Regulations

The Secretary shall prescribe such regulations or other guidance as may be necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this section, including regulations which provide (or create a rebuttable presumption) that certain establishments of business units outside the United States will be treated as relocations (based on timing or such other factors as the Secretary may provide) of business units eliminated within the United States.

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(b)

Limitation on subpart F income of controlled foreign corporations determined without regard to specified outsourcing expenses

Subsection (c) of section 952 of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(4)

Earnings and profits determined without regard to specified outsourcing expenses

For purposes of this subsection, earnings and profits of any controlled foreign corporation shall be determined without regard to any specified outsourcing expense (as defined in section 280I(b)).

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(c)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections for part IX of subchapter B of chapter 1 of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

Sec. 280I. Outsourcing expenses.

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(d)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to amounts paid or incurred after the date of the enactment of this Act.

4.

Treatment of securities of a controlled corporation exchanged for assets in certain reorganizations

(a)

In general

Section 361 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(d)

Special rules for transactions involving section 355 distributions

In the case of a reorganization described in section 368(a)(1)(D) with respect to which stock or securities of the corporation to which the assets are transferred are distributed in a transaction which qualifies under section 355—

(1)

this section shall be applied by substituting stock other than nonqualified preferred stock (as defined in section 351(g)(2)) for stock or securities in subsections (a) and (b)(1), and

(2)

the first sentence of subsection (b)(3) shall apply only to the extent that the sum of the money and the fair market value of the other property transferred to such creditors does not exceed the adjusted bases of such assets transferred (reduced by the amount of the liabilities assumed (within the meaning of section 357(c))).

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(b)

Conforming amendment

Paragraph (3) of section 361(b) of such Code is amended by striking the last sentence.

(c)

Effective date

(1)

In general

Except as provided in paragraph (2), the amendments made by this section shall apply to exchanges after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(2)

Transition rule

The amendments made by this section shall not apply to any exchange pursuant to a transaction which is—

(A)

made pursuant to a written agreement which was binding on February 6, 2012, and at all times thereafter;

(B)

described in a ruling request submitted to the Internal Revenue Service on or before February 6, 2012; or

(C)

described on or before February 6, 2012, in a public announcement or in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.