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H.R. 599 (114th): Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2015

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 28, 2015 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 599

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 28, 2015

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

A BILL

To prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from modifying the standard for determining whether an organization is operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare for purposes of section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2015.

2.

Applicable standard for determinations of whether an organization is operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare

(a)

In general

The standard and definitions as in effect on January 1, 2010, which are used to determine whether an organization is operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare for purposes of section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 shall apply for purposes of determining the status of organizations under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(b)

Prohibition on modification of standard

The Secretary of the Treasury may not (nor may any delegate of such Secretary) issue, revise, or finalize any regulation (including the proposed regulations published at 78 Fed. Reg. 71535 (November 29, 2013)), revenue ruling, or other guidance not limited to a particular taxpayer relating to the standard and definitions specified in subsection (a).

(c)

Application to organizations

Except as provided in subsection (d), this section shall apply with respect to any organization claiming tax exempt status under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 which was created on, before, or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(d)

Sunset

This section shall not apply after December 31, 2017.