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H.R. 1080: HBCU Investment Expansion Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 15, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1080

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 15, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Ms. Adams, Mr. Conyers, Ms. Lee, Mr. Payne, and Ms. Moore) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, 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 amend the Securities Act of 1933 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exemption and payments from taxation for 501(c)(3) bonds issued on behalf of a historically Black college or university.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the HBCU Investment Expansion Act.

2.

Tax exemption for HBCU bonds

The Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77aa et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 28 the following:

29.

Tax exemption for HBCU bonds

(a)

In general

A qualified 501(c)(3) bond (as defined in section 145 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) issued after the date of the enactment of the HBCU Investment Expansion Act on behalf of a historically Black college or university shall be exempt from taxation by any State, Territory, or possession, or by any county, municipality, or other municipal subdivision of any State, territory, or possession of the United States, or by the District of Columbia.

(b)

Historically Black college or university defined

For purposes of this section, the term historically Black college or university means a part B institution (as defined in section 322(2) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1061(2)).

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3.

Credit with respect to 501(c)(3) bonds issued on behalf of historically Black colleges and universities

(a)

In general

Subchapter B of chapter 65 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following:

6433.

Credit with respect to 501(c)(3) bonds issued on behalf of historically Black colleges and universities

(a)

In general

In the case of a qualified bond issued after the date of the enactment of the HBCU Investment Expansion Act, a credit shall be allowed to a jurisdiction specified in subsection (c)(3) that forgoes tax pursuant to section 29 of the Securities Act of 1933 with respect to each interest payment under such bond. The credit shall be payable by the Secretary as provided in subsection (b).

(b)

Payment of credit

The Secretary shall pay (as soon as practicable after the return of income tax for a taxable year is filed with the qualified jurisdiction by the recipient of such interest payment under such bond) an amount equal to the total amount of interest paid under such bond during the taxable year.

(c)

Definitions

For purposes of this section—

(1)

Qualified bond

The term qualified bond means a qualified 501(c)(3) bond (as defined in section 145) issued on behalf of a historically Black college or university.

(2)

Historically Black college or university

The term historically Black college or university means a part B institution (as defined in section 322(2) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1061(2)).

(3)

Jurisdiction specified

A jurisdiction is specified in this paragraph if the jurisdiction is—

(A)

a State, territory, or possession of the United States,

(B)

a political jurisdiction of a State, territory, or possession of the United States, or

(C)

the District of Columbia.

(d)

Application of arbitrage rules

For purposes of section 148, the yield on a qualified bond shall be reduced by the credit allowed under this section.

(e)

Regulations

The Secretary shall issue such regulations or other guidance as may be necessary to carry out this section.

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(b)

Conforming amendments

(1)

Section 1324(b)(2) of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking or 6431 and inserting 6431, or 6433.

(2)

Section 6211(b)(4)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking and 6431 and inserting 6431, and 6433.

(3)

The table of sections for subchapter B of chapter 65 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

Sec. 6433. Credit with respect to 501(c)(3) bonds issued on behalf of historically Black colleges and universities.

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(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to bonds issued after the date of the enactment of this Act.