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H.R. 1543: Support Small Business R & D Act of 2017

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


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1543

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 15, 2017

(for himself and Mr. Kind) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Small Business, 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 Small Business Act to expand tax credit education and training for small businesses that engage in research and development, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Support Small Business R & D Act of 2017.

2.

Definitions

In this Act—

(1)

the term Administrator means the Administrator of the Small Business Administration;

(2)

the term Commissioner means the Commissioner of Internal Revenue;

(3)

the term small business concern has the meaning given the term in section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632); and

(4)

the term small business development center means a center described in section 21 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648).

3.

SBA and IRS partnerships

Beginning not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator, in consultation with the Commissioner, shall develop partnership agreements that—

(1)

provide for the development of—

(A)

basic training, including in-person or modular training sessions, relating to Federal income tax credits that benefit small business concerns and startups, especially credits for research and experimentation; and

(B)

informational materials relating to such credits, including Internal Revenue Service guidance documents;

(2)

provide the basic training and informational materials developed under paragraph (1)—

(A)

through electronic resources, including Internet-based webinars; and

(B)

at physical locations, including small business development centers; and

(3)

make such materials available to—

(A)

business development programs administered by the Small Business Administration, including women’s business centers, Veterans Business Outreach Centers, and U.S. Export Assistance Centers, and nonprofit research partners such as the Service Corps of Retired Executives authorized under section 8(b)(1)(B) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(b)(1)(B)); and

(B)

business development entities that partner with Small Business Administration programs, including universities, nonprofits, business incubators, and business accelerators.

4.

Reporting Requirement

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator, in consultation with the Commissioner, shall submit to Congress a report describing how the Small Business Administration and the Internal Revenue Service will—

(1)

provide outreach and educational materials to small business concerns, businesses of medium size, and startups regarding section 41(h) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended by section 121 of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015; and

(2)

help and encourage tax advisors to educate such businesses about the important amendments made by such Act to section 41 of such Code.

5.

Small Business Development Centers

Section 21(c)(3) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648(c)(3)) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (S), by striking and at the end;

(2)

in subparagraph (T), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(U)

in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service, providing informational materials, education, and basic training—

(i)

to small business concerns relating to Federal income tax credits available under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, including—

(I)

credits available to businesses generally; and

(II)

credits available to small business concerns and startups specifically, especially credits for research and experimentation; and

(ii)

which may be delivered—

(I)

in person; or

(II)

through an Internet website.

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