H. R. 3294
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 14, 2019
Ms. Judy Chu of California (for herself, Mr. Danny K. Davis of Illinois, Mr. Panetta, Mr. Suozzi, Mr. Higgins of New York, Mr. Gomez, Mr. Blumenauer, Ms. DelBene, Mr. Doggett, Ms. Sewell of Alabama, Ms. Sánchez, Mr. Larson of Connecticut, Mr. Beyer, Mr. Pascrell, and Ms. Moore) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
To permit legally married same-sex couples to amend their filing status for tax returns outside the statute of limitations.
This Act may be cited as the
Refund Equality Act of 2019.
Extension of period of limitation for certain legally married couples
In the case of an individual first treated as married for purposes of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 by the application of the holdings of Revenue Ruling 2013–17—
if such individual filed a separate return for a taxable year ending before September 16, 2013, for which a joint return could have been made by the individual and the individual's spouse but for the fact that such holdings were not effective at the time of filing, the time prescribed by section 6013(b)(2)(A) for filing a joint return after filing a separate return shall not expire before the date prescribed by law (including extensions) for filing the return of tax for the taxable year that includes the date of the enactment of this Act, and
in the case of a joint return filed pursuant to paragraph (1)—
the period of limitation prescribed by section 6511(a) of such Code for any such taxable year shall be extended until the date prescribed by law (including extensions) for filing the return of tax for the taxable year that includes the date of the enactment of this Act, and
section 6511(b)(2) shall not apply to any claim of credit or refund with respect to such return.
Amendments, etc. restricted to change in marital status
Subsection (a) shall apply only with respect to amendments to the return of tax, and claims for credit or refund, relating to a change in the marital status for purposes of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 of the individual.