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H.R. 1671 (115th): Verify First Act


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 22, 2017 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1671

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 22, 2017

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

A BILL

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require the provision of social security numbers as a condition of receiving the health insurance premium tax credit.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Verify First Act.

2.

Provision of social security number as condition of receiving the health insurance premium tax credit

(a)

Application to current health insurance premium tax credit

Section 36B of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as in effect for months beginning before January 1, 2020, is amended by redesignating subsection (g) as subsection (h) and by inserting after subsection (f) the following new subsection:

(g)

Social security number requirement

(1)

In general

No premium shall be taken into account under subsection (b)(2)(A) with respect to any individual for any taxable year unless the taxpayer includes such individual’s social security number on the return of tax for the taxable year.

(2)

Application to advance payment

No advance payment of the credit allowed under this section with respect to any premium described in paragraph (1) with respect to any individual shall be made under section 1412 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unless the Secretary, in consultation with the Commissioner of Social Security and the Secretary of Homeland Security, has verified the social security number of such individual.

(3)

Social security number

For purposes of this subsection, the term social security number means a social security number issued to an individual by the Social Security Administration (other than a social security number issued pursuant to clause (II) (or that portion of clause (III) that relates to clause (II)) of section 205(c)(2)(B)(i) of the Social Security Act) on or before the due date for filing the return for the taxable year (for purposes of paragraph (2), before the close of the month to which the advance payment relates).

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(b)

Application to new health insurance premium tax credit

Section 36B of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as in effect for months beginning after December 31, 2019, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(h)

Social security number requirement

(1)

In general

No amount shall be taken into account under subparagraph (A) or (B) of subsection (b)(1) with respect to any individual for any taxable year unless the taxpayer includes such individual’s social security number on the return of tax for the taxable year.

(2)

Application to advance payment

No advance payment of the credit allowed under this section with respect to any amount described in paragraph (1) with respect to any individual shall be made under section 1412 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unless the Secretary, in consultation with the Commissioner of Social Security and the Secretary of Homeland Security, has verified the social security number of such individual.

(3)

Social security number

For purposes of this subsection, the term social security number means a social security number issued to an individual by the Social Security Administration (other than a social security number issued pursuant to clause (II) (or that portion of clause (III) that relates to clause (II)) of section 205(c)(2)(B)(i) of the Social Security Act) on or before the due date for filing the return for the taxable year (for purposes of paragraph (2), before the close of the month to which the advance payment relates).

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(c)

Omission of correct social security number treated as mathematical or clerical error

Section 6213(g)(2) is amended by striking and at the end of subparagraph (P), by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (Q) and inserting a comma, and by inserting after subparagraph (Q) the following new subparagraph:

(R)

an omission of a correct social security number required under subsection (h)(1) of section 36B (subsection (g)(1) of section 36B in the case of months beginning before January 1, 2020) to be included on a return.

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(d)

Effective dates

(1)

Application to current health insurance premium tax credit

(A)

In general

Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, the amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to taxable years ending after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(B)

Advance payment

Section 36B(g)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended by this section and as in effect for months beginning before January 1, 2020, shall apply to months beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(2)

Application to new health insurance premium tax credit

The amendment made by subsection (b) shall apply to months beginning after December 31, 2019, in taxable years ending after such date.

(3)

Treatment as mathematical or clerical error

The amendments made by subsection (c) shall apply to taxable years ending after the date of the enactment of this Act.