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H.R. 2053: Earthquake Mitigation Incentive and Tax Parity Act of 2019

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About the bill

Should grants to better prepare buildings and structures for earthquakes be subject to federal taxes?


State earthquake preparedness initiatives, such as the California Residential Mitigation Program, provide grants for homeowners to retrofit their properties to better withstand earthquakes.

California’s Earthquake Brace + Bolt program Executive Director Janiele Maffei estimates that 1.2 million California houses need their program’s retrofit.

However, such grants are subject to federal taxes.

What the legislation does

The Earthquake Mitigation Incentive and Tax Parity Act would remove federal taxes on grants that homeowners receive ...

Sponsor and status

Mike Thompson

Sponsor. Representative for California's 5th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 3, 2019
Length: 4 pages
Apr 3, 2019

Introduced on Apr 3, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on April 3, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Apr 3, 2019

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H.R. 2053 is 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.

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