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H.R. 6312 (115th): PHIT Act

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About the bill

The U.S. had the world’s highest obesity rates for both men and women last year, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Can the PHIT Act use tax incentives to cut that number?

What the bill does

The Personal Health Investment Today Act [H.R. 6312 + S. 482] would give a tax break for athletic purchases, of up to $500 for an individual or $1,000 for a married couple.

Examples could include a gym membership, fitness equipment like a treadmill, or signup costs to join a recreational sports league.

The tax write-offs cannot include such traditionally higher-income activities as golf, sailing, or horseback riding / equestrian.

The PHIT Act was introduced by Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO8) in the House and Sen. John Thune (R-SD) in …

Sponsor and status

Jason Smith

Sponsor. Representative for Missouri's 8th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 19, 2018
Length: 8 pages
Jul 6, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 11, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


2 Cosponsors (1 Republican, 1 Democrat)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Walorski Votes to Send Health Care Bills to House Floor
    — Rep. Jackie Walorski [R-IN2] on Jul 12, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates new spending due to H.R. 6312 will be negligible.


Jul 6, 2018

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Jul 11, 2018
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Jul 19, 2018
Reported by House Committee on Ways and Means

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

H.R. 6312 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 6312. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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