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H.R. 4242 (113th): Humanitarian Firefighter Relief Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 13, 2014 (Introduced).


I

113th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4242

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 13, 2014

(for himself and Mr. Paulsen) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

A BILL

To amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to provide for the import of donated fire-fighting and rescue and relief equipment and supplies free of duty and other restrictions for purposes of inspection and subsequent donation and export of such equipment and supplies to countries and organizations in need, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Humanitarian Firefighter Relief Act .

2.

Amendments to the Tariff Act of 1930

(a)

In general

Section 322(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930 ( 19 U.S.C. 1322(b) ) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (3), by striking , and and inserting a semicolon;

(2)

in paragraph (4), by striking the period at the end and inserting , and;

(3)

by inserting after paragraph (4) the following new paragraph:

(5)

donated fire-fighting and rescue and relief equipment and supplies imported by or on behalf of a qualified nonprofit organization for purposes of inspection of such equipment and supplies and the subsequent donation and export of such equipment and supplies to countries and organizations in need, as determined by the Secretary of the Treasury.

; and

(4)

by adding at the end the following new sentence: A qualified nonprofit organization referred to in paragraph (5) is an organization that is described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code..

(b)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section apply to articles entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the 15th day after the date of the enactment of this Act.

3.

Amendments to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States

(a)

In general

Subchapter X of chapter 98 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is amended by inserting in numerical sequence the following new heading:

9810.00.98 Donated fire-fighting and rescue and relief equipment and supplies imported under the terms of U.S. note 7 to this subchapter Free Free

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(b)

Amendments to U.S. Notes

Subchapter X of chapter 98 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is amended—

(1)

in U.S. Note 1 to such subchapter, by striking and 9810.00.95 and inserting , 9810.00.95 and 9810.00.98; and

(2)

by adding at the end of the U.S. Notes to such subchapter the following new U.S. Note:

7.

For purposes of heading 9810.00.98, goods may be imported under such heading, under the terms of section 322 of the Tariff Act of 1930 and regulations issued thereunder, if such goods are imported by or on behalf of a qualified nonprofit organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code.

.

(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section apply to articles entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the 15th day after the date of the enactment of this Act.