H. R. 199
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 4, 2013
Ms. Lee of California introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to limit the deductibility of excessive rates of executive compensation.
This Act may be cited as the
Income Equity Act of
Denial of deduction for payments of excessive compensation
Section 162 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to deduction for trade or business expenses) is amended by inserting after subsection (h) the following new subsection:
No deduction shall be allowed under this chapter for any excessive compensation with respect to any full-time employee.
For purposes of this subsection, the term excessive compensation means, with respect to any employee, the amount by which—
the compensation for services performed by such employee during the taxable year, exceeds
the greater of—
an amount equal to 25 times the lowest compensation for services performed by any other full-time employee during such taxable year, or
Definitions and special rules
For purposes of this subsection—
The term compensation includes wages, salary, deferred compensation, retirement contributions, options, bonuses, property, and any other form of compensation or bonus that the Secretary of the Treasury determines is appropriate.
In the case of any part-year employee, the compensation of the employee shall be computed on an annualized basis.
All persons treated as a single employer under subsection (a) or (b) of section 52 or subsection (m) or (o) of section 414 shall be treated as 1 employer.
Each employer who provides compensation in any taxable year to any employee in an amount which is more than 25 times the amount of the lowest-compensated full-time employee, shall file a report with the Secretary containing—
the compensation of the lowest-compensated full-time employee,
the average pay of all non-managerial employees,
the average pay of all executive staff, and
the exact compensation of the top 5 employees of the company.
The amendment made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act.