H.R. 6658 (112th): Urban Competitiveness Act

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Dec 13, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6658

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 13, 2012

(for himself, Mr. Franks of Arizona, and Mr. Hultgren) 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 provide a zero capital gains rate for certain new investments in specified areas made during a temporary period.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Urban Competitiveness Act.

2.

Zero capital gains rate for certain new investments in specified areas

(a)

In general

Subchapter Y of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new part:

IV

Certain new investments in specified areas

Sec. 1400V. Zero capital gains rate for certain new investments.

1400V.

Zero capital gains rate for certain new investments

(a)

In general

Gross income does not include any qualified capital gain from the sale or exchange of a specified new investment held for more than 1 year.

(b)

Specified new investment

For purposes of this section—

(1)

In general

The term specified new investment means—

(A)

any qualified stock,

(B)

any qualified partnership interest, and

(C)

any qualified business property.

(2)

Qualified stock

(A)

In general

Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the term qualified stock means any stock in a domestic corporation if—

(i)

such stock is acquired by the taxpayer during the 1-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this section, at its original issue (directly or through an underwriter) from the corporation solely in exchange for cash,

(ii)

as of the time such stock was issued, such corporation was a specified area business (or, in the case of a new corporation, such corporation was being organized for purposes of being a specified area business), and

(iii)

during substantially all of the taxpayer’s holding period for such stock, such corporation qualified as a specified area business.

(B)

Redemptions

A rule similar to the rule of section 1202(c)(3) shall apply for purposes of this paragraph.

(3)

Qualified partnership interest

The term qualified partnership interest means any capital or profits interest in a domestic partnership if—

(A)

such interest is acquired by the taxpayer during the 1-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this section, from the partnership solely in exchange for cash,

(B)

as of the time such interest was acquired, such partnership was a specified area business (or, in the case of a new partnership, such partnership was being organized for purposes of being a specified area business), and

(C)

during substantially all of the taxpayer’s holding period for such interest, such partnership qualified as a specified area business.

A rule similar to the rule of paragraph (2)(B) shall apply for purposes of this paragraph.
(4)

Qualified business property

(A)

In general

The term qualified business property means tangible property if—

(i)

such property was acquired by the taxpayer by purchase (as defined in section 179(d)(2)) during the 1-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this section,

(ii)

the original use of such property in the specified area commences with the taxpayer, and

(iii)

during substantially all of the taxpayer’s holding period for such property, substantially all of the use of such property was in a specified area business of the taxpayer.

(B)

Special rule for substantial improvements

The requirements of clauses (i) and (ii) of subparagraph (A) shall be treated as satisfied with respect to—

(i)

property which is substantially improved by the taxpayer before the end of the period described in subparagraph (A)(i), and

(ii)

any land on which such property is located.

The determination of whether a property is substantially improved shall be made under clause (ii) of section 1400B(b)(4)(B), except that the date of the enactment of section 1400V shall be substituted for December 31, 1997 in such clause.
(c)

Qualified capital gain

For purposes of this section—

(1)

In general

Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the term qualified capital gain means any gain recognized on the sale or exchange of—

(A)

a capital asset, or

(B)

property used in the trade or business (as defined in section 1231(b)).

(2)

Gain before enactment not qualified

The term qualified capital gain shall not include any gain attributable to periods before the date of the enactment of this section.

(3)

Certain rules to apply

Rules similar to the rules of paragraphs (3), (4), and (5) of section 1400B(e) shall apply for purposes of this subsection.

(d)

Specified area business

For purposes of this section, the term specified area business means any enterprise zone business (as defined in section 1397C), determined—

(1)

without regard to subsections (b)(6) and (c)(5) thereof,

(2)

by substituting 80 percent for 50 percent in subsections (b)(2) and (c)(1) thereof,

(3)

by treating each specified area as an empowerment zone (and by treating no area other than a specified area as an empowerment zone).

(e)

Specified area

For purposes of this section, the term specified area means any principal city of a metropolitan statistical area (as determined by the Office of Management and Budget)—

(1)

which had an average unemployment rate of not less than 150 percent of the national average rate for the last calendar year ending before the calendar year which includes the date of the enactment of this Act, and

(2)

which experienced a population loss of at least 20 percent during the 10-year period beginning with calendar year 2000.

(f)

Certain rules To apply

For purposes of this section, rules similar to the rules of paragraphs (6) and (7) of subsection (b), and subsections (f) and (g), of section 1400B shall apply; except that for such purposes section 1400B(g)(2) shall be applied by substituting before the date of the enactment of section 1400V for before January 1, 1998, or after December 31, 2014.

(g)

Regulations

The Secretary shall prescribe such regulations as may be appropriate to carry out the purposes of this section, including regulations to prevent the abuse of the purposes of this section.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of parts for subchapter Y of chapter 1 of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

Part IV. Certain new investments in specified areas.

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(c)

Effective date

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