S. 3650 (112th): Ditch and Irrigation Company Tax Reform Act

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Nov 29, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3650

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 29, 2012

(for himself, Mr. Crapo, Mr. Bennet, and Mr. Barrasso) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to facilitate water leasing and water transfers to promote conservation and efficiency.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Ditch and Irrigation Company Tax Reform Act.

2.

Facilitate water leasing and water transfers to promote conservation and efficiency

(a)

In general

Paragraph (12) of section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(I)

Treatment of mutual ditch or irrigation companies

(i)

In general

In the case of a mutual ditch or irrigation company or like organization, subparagraph (A) shall be applied without taking into account any income received or accrued—

(I)

from the sale, lease, or exchange of fee or other interests in real property, including interests in water,

(II)

from the sale or exchange of stock in a mutual ditch or irrigation company or like organization or contract rights for the delivery or use of water, or

(III)

from the investment of proceeds from sales, leases, or exchanges under subclauses (I) and (II),

except that any income received under subclause (I), (II), or (III) which is distributed or expended for expenses other than operations and maintenance of the mutual ditch or irrigation company or like organization shall be treated as non-member income in the year in which it is distributed or expended. For purposes of the preceding sentence, expenses other than operations and maintenance include expenses for the construction of conveyances designed to deliver water outside of the mutual ditch or irrigation company or like organization system.
(ii)

Treatment of organizational governance

In the case of a mutual ditch or irrigation company or like organization, where State law provides that such a company or organization may be organized in a manner that permits voting on a basis which is pro-rata to share ownership on corporate governance matters, subparagraph (A) shall be applied without taking into account whether its member shareholders have one vote on corporate governance matters per share held in the corporation. Nothing in this clause shall be construed to create any inference about the requirements of this subsection for companies or organizations not included in this clause.

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(b)

Effective date

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