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H.R. 3126: Saving Local News Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 5, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3126

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 5, 2019

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 include publication of written news articles as a tax-exempt purpose for organizations, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Saving Local News Act of 2019.

2.

Publication of written news articles as tax-exempt purpose

(a)

In general

Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting or for the publication (including electronic publication) of written news articles, after animals,.

(b)

Income from advertising not unrelated business taxable income

Section 512(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(8)

Special rule applicable to news organizations described in section 501(c)(3)

In the case of an organization described in section 501(c)(3) by reason of publication of written news articles, the term unrelated business taxable income does not include any amount attributable to payments for advertisements in news publications.

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(c)

Expedited application

Section 508 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(g)

Timing for approval of applications by news organizations

In the case of an organization described in section 501(c)(3) by reason of publication of written news articles, the Secretary shall approve or deny such organization for recognition of 501(c)(3) status not later than the date that is 12 months after notice is given under subsection (a).

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(d)

Effective date

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