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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Apr 6, 2017.
Tax Pollution, Not Profits Act
This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to impose an excise tax on certain greenhouse gas emissions. The tax is equal to $30 per metric ton of carbon dioxide or carbon dioxide equivalent in 2018, increasing each subsequent year at 4% above inflation.
The Internal Revenue Service must: (1) provide certain refunds of the tax to account for the capture and permanent sequestration of greenhouse gas emissions, and (2) adjust the tax to account for goods that are exported or imported.
The bill amends the Social Security Act to establish a Low-Income Energy Cost Mitigation Program to provide an energy refund amount to certain low and middle-income households to compensate such households for increases in energy costs due to this bill.
The Department of Labor may use up to 2% of the revenues generated by this bill to implement a program to assist displaced workers in the coal industry.
The bill also provides for a gradual reduction in the corporate income tax rate to 32% in taxable years beginning in 2018 and 28% in taxable years beginning after 2021.
The bill requires the Department of the Treasury to establish a website to make information regarding the amount and sources of revenue attributable to this bill publicly available.