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H.R. 980 (113th): CARE Act


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 6, 2013 (Introduced).


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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 980

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 6, 2013

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To protect the health care and pension benefits of our nation’s miners.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Coal Accountability and Retired Employee Act of 2013 or the CARE Act .

2.

Amendment of Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977

Section 402(i)(2) of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1232(i)(2)) is amended—

(1)

by striking Subject to and inserting the following:

(A)

In general

Subject to

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(B)

Excess amounts

(i)

In general

Subject to paragraph (3), and after all transfers referred to in paragraph (1) and subparagraph (A) of this paragraph have been made, any amounts remaining after the application of paragraph (3)(A) (without regard to this subparagraph) shall be transferred to the trustees of the 1974 UMWA Pension Plan and used solely to pay pension benefits required under such plan.

(ii)

1974 UMWA Pension Plan

In this subparagraph, the term 1974 UMWA Pension Plan means a pension plan referred to in section 9701(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 but without regard to whether participation in such plan is limited to individuals who retired in 1976 and thereafter.

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3.

Eligibility for 1992 UMWA benefit plan

(a)

In general

Paragraph (2) of section 9712(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking or at the end of subparagraph (A), by adding or at the end of subparagraph (B), and by inserting after subparagraph (B) the following new subparagraph:

(C)

but for this chapter, would be eligible to receive benefits from the 1974 UMWA Benefit Plan (other than an individual described in the last sentence of section 402(h)(2)(C) of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977) following a proceeding under title 11, United States Code, or other insolvency proceeding relating to the applicable last signatory operator, but who does not receive such coverage at levels at least equal to those described in section 402(h)(2)(C) of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 from such operator or any related person,

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(b)

Conforming amendments

Paragraph (2) of section 9712(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended—

(1)

by striking subparagraph (A) or (B) in the matter following subparagraph (C) (as added by this section) and inserting subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) , and

(2)

by inserting under subparagraph (A) or (B) after health benefits coverage in the second sentence.

4.

Special rule for certain supplemental benefit plans

(a)

In general

Section 404 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(p)

Special rule for certain supplemental benefit plans

(1)

In general

If contributions are paid by an employer under a plan that provides supplemental benefits solely to participants in a plan described in subsection (c) (or a continuation thereof) that provides pension benefits, such contributions shall not be deductible under this section nor be made nondeductible by this section, but the deductibility thereof shall be governed solely by section 162 (relating to trade or business expenses).

(2)

Tax treatment of plan

For purposes of this title, the trust holding the assets of a plan to which paragraph (1) applies shall be treated as an organization exempt from tax under section 501(a).

(3)

Special rule for payments other than to or from a trust

For purposes of this subsection, payments made by an employer to the trustees of a plan described in paragraph (1), and benefits paid by the trustees of such plan, shall be treated as contributions paid to, and benefits paid from, such plan without regard to whether the contributions are paid into, or benefits paid from, the trust holding the assets of such plan.

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(b)

Exclusion from wages

(1)

Payroll taxes

Paragraph (5) of section 3121(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking or at the end of subparagraph (H), by adding or at the end of subparagraph (I), and by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(J)

under a plan to which section 404(p)(1) applies;

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(2)

Collection of income tax at source

Paragraph (12) of section 3401(a) of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(F)

under a plan to which section 404(p)(1) applies, or

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(3)

Unemployment taxes

Section 3306(b) of such Code is amended by striking or at the end of paragraph (19), by striking the period at the end of paragraph (20) and inserting ; or, and by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(21)

any payment made to or for the benefit of an individual under a plan to which section 404(p)(1) applies.

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