H. R. 488
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 12, 2017
Mr. Cartwright (for himself, Mr. Amodei, Ms. Bordallo, Ms. Brownley of California, Mrs. Bustos, Mrs. Comstock, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Costello of Pennsylvania, Mr. Courtney, Mr. Cummings, Ms. DelBene, Mr. Doggett, Mr. Ellison, Mr. Engel, Mr. Farenthold, Mr. Foster, Ms. Gabbard, Mr. Garamendi, Mr. Heck, Mr. Himes, Mr. Hurd, Mr. Sensenbrenner, Mr. Jones, Mr. Katko, Mr. Keating, Mr. Kilmer, Mr. Lance, Mr. Langevin, Mrs. Lawrence, Mr. Lipinski, Mr. LoBiondo, Mr. Loebsack, Ms. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, Mr. Lynch, Mr. McGovern, Mr. McKinley, Mr. McNerney, Ms. Norton, Mr. Pearce, Mr. Pittenger, Mr. Quigley, Mrs. Radewagen, Mr. Rothfus, Mr. Rush, Mr. Ryan of Ohio, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. Soto, Ms. Speier, Mr. Thompson of California, Mr. Thompson of Pennsylvania, Mr. Tipton, Mr. Turner, Mr. Walz, Mr. Young of Iowa, Mr. Marshall, Mr. Knight, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, and Mr. Russell) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against income tax for amounts paid by a spouse of a member of the Armed Forces for a new State license or certification required by reason of a permanent change in the duty station of such member to another State.
This Act may be cited as the
Military Spouse Job Continuity Act of 2017.
Credit for State licensure and certification costs of military spouses arising by reason of a permanent change in the duty station of the member of the Armed Forces to another State
Subpart B of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting after section 30D the following new section:
State licensure and certification costs of military spouse arising from transfer of member of Armed Forces to another State
In the case of an eligible individual, there shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this chapter for the taxable year an amount equal to the qualified relicensing costs of such individual which are paid or incurred by the taxpayer during the taxable year.
The credit allowed by this section with respect to each change of duty station shall not exceed $500.
For purposes of this section—
The term eligible individual means any individual—
who is married to a member of the Armed Forces of the United States at the time that the member moves to another State under a permanent change of station order, and
who moves to such other State with such member.
Qualified relicensing costs
The term qualified relicensing costs means costs—
which are for a license or certification required by the State referred to in paragraph (1) to engage in the profession that such individual engaged in while within the State from which the individual moved, and
which are paid or incurred during the period beginning on the date that the orders referred to in paragraph (1)(A) are issued and ending on the date which is 1 year after the reporting date specified in such orders.
The table of sections for such subpart A is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 30D the following new item:
Sec. 30E. State licensure and certification costs of military spouse arising from transfer of member of Armed Forces to another State..
The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2016.