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H.R. 2560: Putting First Responders First Act


The text of the bill below is as of May 7, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2560

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 7, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Meadows, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Mr. Ruppersberger, Ms. Sherrill, Ms. Stefanik, Mr. Cole, and Mr. Gianforte) 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 exclude certain disability-related first responder retirement payments from gross income.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Putting First Responders First Act.

2.

Exclusion of certain disability-related first responder retirement payments

(a)

In general

Part III of subchapter B of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting after section 139B the following new section:

139C.

Certain disability-related first responder retirement payments

(a)

In general

In the case of an individual who receives qualified first responder retirement payments for any taxable year, gross income shall not include so much of such payments as do not exceed the annualized excludable disability amount with respect to such individual.

(b)

Qualified first responder retirement payments

For purposes of this section, the term qualified first responder retirement payments means, with respect to any taxable year, any pension or annuity which but for this section would be includible in gross income for such taxable year and which is received—

(1)

from a plan described in clause (iii), (iv), (v), or (vi) of section 402(c)(8)(B), and

(2)

in connection with such individual’s qualified first responder service.

(c)

Annualized excludable disability amount

For purposes of this section—

(1)

In general

The term annualized excludable disability amount means, with respect to any individual, the service-connected excludable disability amounts which are properly attributable to the 12-month period immediately preceding the date on which such individual attains retirement age.

(2)

Service-connected excludable disability amount

The term service-connected excludable disability amount means periodic payments received by an individual which—

(A)

are not includible in such individual’s gross income under section 104(a)(1),

(B)

are received in connection with such individual’s qualified first responder service, and

(C)

terminate when such individual attains retirement age.

(3)

Special rule for partial-year payments

In the case of an individual who only receives service-connected excludable disability amounts properly attributable to a portion of the 12-month period described in paragraph (1), such paragraph shall be applied by multiplying such amounts by the ratio of 365 to the number of days in such period to which such amounts were properly attributable.

(d)

Qualified first responder service

For purposes of this section, the term qualified first responder service means service as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, paramedic, or emergency medical technician.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections for part III of subchapter B of chapter 1 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 139B the following new item:

Sec. 139C. Certain disability-related first responder retirement payments.

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(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to amounts received with respect to taxable years beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act.