IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 14, 2016
Mr. Menendez (for himself, Ms. Warren, Mr. Wyden, Ms. Stabenow, and Mr. Booker) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from taxable income any student loan forgiveness or discharge.
This Act may be cited as the
Student Loan Tax Relief Act.
Modification of treatment of student loan forgiveness
Section 108(f) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended—
by striking paragraphs (1) and (2) and inserting the following:
In the case of an individual, gross income does not include any amount which (but for this subsection) would be includible in gross income by reasons of the discharge (in whole or in part) of—
any loan provided expressly for postsecondary educational expenses, regardless of whether provided through the educational institution or directly to the borrower, if such loan was made by—
the United States, or an instrumentality or agency thereof,
a State, territory, or possession of the United States, or the District of Columbia, or any political subdivision thereof, or
any institution of higher education,
any private education loan (as defined in section 140(a) of the Truth in Lending Act),
any loan made by any educational organization described in section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) if such loan is made—
pursuant to an agreement with any entity described in subparagraph (A) or any private education lender (as defined in section 140(a) of the Truth in Lending Act) under which the funds from which the loan was made were provided to such educational organization, or
pursuant to a program of such educational organization which is designed to encourage its students to serve in occupations with unmet needs or in areas with unmet needs and under which the services provided by the students (or former students) are for or under the direction of a governmental unit or an organization described in section 501(c)(3) and exempt from tax under section 501(a), or
any loan made by an educational organization described in section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) or by an organization exempt from tax under section 501(a) to refinance a loan to an individual to assist the individual in attending any such educational organization but only if the refinancing loan is pursuant to a program of the refinancing organization which is designed as described in subparagraph (C)(ii).
by redesignating paragraphs (3) and (4) as paragraphs (2) and (3), respectively, and
in paragraph (2), as so redesignated, by—
made by an organization described in paragraph (2)(D) and inserting
made by an organization described in paragraph (1)(C) or made by a private education lender (as defined in section 140(a) of the Truth in Lending Act), and
or for such private education lender after
either such organization.
The amendments made by this section shall apply to discharges of loans after December 31, 2016.