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H.R. 6776 (116th): JOBS Credit Act of 2020


The text of the bill below is as of May 8, 2020 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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116th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6776

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 8, 2020

(for herself, Mr. Katko, Ms. DelBene, Mr. Fitzpatrick, and Mr. Pappas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Small Business, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To provide for improvements related to the employee retention tax credit.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Jumpstarting Our Businesses’ Success Credit Act of 2020 or as the JOBS Credit Act of 2020.

2.

Improvements to employee retention credit

(a)

Increase in credit percentage

Section 2301(a) of the CARES Act is amended by striking 50 percent and inserting 80 percent.

(b)

Increase in per employee limitation

Section 2301(b)(1) of the CARES Act is amended by striking for all calendar quarters shall not exceed $10,000. and inserting

shall not exceed—

(A)

$15,000 in any calendar quarter, and

(B)

$45,000 in the aggregate for all calendar quarters.

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(c)

Modification of threshold for treatment as a large employer

(1)

In general

Section 2301(c)(3)(A) of the CARES Act is amended—

(A)

by striking for which the average number of full-time employees (within the meaning of section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) employed by such eligible employer during 2019 was greater than 100 in clause (i) and inserting which is a large employer, and

(B)

by striking for which the average number of full-time employees (within the meaning of section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) employed by such eligible employer during 2019 was not greater than 100 in clause (ii) and inserting which is not a large employer.

(2)

Large employer defined

Section 2301(c) of the CARES Act is amended by redesignating paragraph (6) as paragraph (7) and by inserting after paragraph (5) the following new paragraph:

(6)

Large employer

The term large employer means any eligible employer if—

(A)

the average number of full-time employees (as determined for purposes of determining whether an employer is an applicable large employer for purposes of section 4980H(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) employed by such eligible employer during calendar year 2019 was greater than 1,500, and

(B)

the gross receipts (within the meaning of section 448(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) of such eligible employer during calendar year 2019 was greater than $41,500,000.

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(d)

Phase-In of eligibility based on reduction in gross receipts

(1)

Decrease of reduction in gross receipts necessary to qualify for credit

Section 2301(c)(2)(B)(i) of the CARES Act is amended by striking 50 percent and inserting 80 percent.

(2)

Phase-in of credit if reduction in gross receipts is less than 50 percent

Section 2301(c)(2) of the CARES Act is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(D)

Phase-in of credit where business not suspended and reduction in gross receipts less than 50 percent

(i)

In general

In the case of any calendar quarter with respect to which an eligible employer would not be an eligible employer if subparagraph (B)(i) were applied by substituting 50 percent for 80 percent, the amount of the credit allowed under subsection (a) shall be reduced by the amount which bears the same ratio to the amount of such credit (determined without regard to this subparagraph) as—

(I)

the excess gross receipts percentage point amount, bears to

(II)

30 percentage points.

(ii)

Excess gross receipts percentage point amount

For purposes of this subparagraph, the term excess gross receipts percentage point amount means, with respect to any calendar quarter, the excess of—

(I)

the lowest of the gross receipts percentage point amounts determined with respect to any calendar quarter during the period ending with such calendar quarter and beginning with the first calendar quarter during the period described in subparagraph (B), over

(II)

50 percentage points.

(iii)

Gross receipts percentage point amounts

For purposes of this subparagraph, the term gross receipts percentage point amount means, with respect to any calendar quarter, the percentage (expressed as a number of percentage points) obtained by dividing—

(I)

the gross receipts (within the meaning of subparagraph (B)) for such calendar quarter, by

(II)

the gross receipts for the same calendar quarter in calendar year 2019.

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(3)

Gross receipts of tax-exempt organizations

Section 2301(c)(2)(C) of the CARES Act is amended—

(A)

by striking of such Code, clauses (i) and (ii)(I) and inserting

of such Code—

(i)

clauses (i) and (ii)(I)

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(B)

by striking the period at the end and inserting , and, and

(C)

by adding at the end the following new clause:

(ii)

any reference in this section to gross receipts shall be treated as a reference to gross receipts within the meaning of section 6033 of such Code.

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(e)

Modification of treatment of health plan expenses

(1)

In general

Section 2301(c)(5) of the CARES Act is amended to read as follows:

(5)

Wages

(A)

In general

The term wages means wages (as defined in section 3121(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) and compensation (as defined in section 3231(e) of such Code).

(B)

Allowance for certain health plan expenses

(i)

In general

Such term shall include amounts paid or incurred by the eligible employer to provide and maintain a group health plan (as defined in section 5000(b)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986), but only to the extent that such amounts are excluded from the gross income of employees by reason of section 106(a) of such Code.

(ii)

Allocation rules

For purposes of this section, amounts treated as wages under clause (i) shall be treated as paid with respect to any employee (and with respect to any period) to the extent that such amounts are properly allocable to such employee (and to such period) in such manner as the Secretary may prescribe. Except as otherwise provided by the Secretary, such allocation shall be treated as properly made if made on the basis of being pro rata among periods of coverage.

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(2)

Conforming amendment

Section 2301(c)(3) of the CARES Act is amended by striking subparagraph (C).

(f)

Qualified wages permitted To include amounts for tip replacement

(1)

In general

Section 2301(c)(3)(B) of the CARES Act is amended by inserting (including tips which would have been deemed to be paid by the employer under section 3121(q)) after would have been paid.

(2)

Conforming amendment

Section 2301(h)(2) of the CARES Act is amended by inserting 45B or before 45S.

(g)

Certain governmental employers eligible for credit

(1)

In general

Section 2301(f) of the CARES Act is amended to read as follows:

(f)

Certain governmental employers

(1)

In general

The credit under this section shall not be allowed to the Federal Government or any agency or instrumentality thereof.

(2)

Exception

Paragraph (1) shall not apply to any organization described in section 501(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code.

(3)

Special rules

In the case of any State government, Indian tribal government, or any agency, instrumentality, or political subdivision of the foregoing—

(A)

clauses (i) and (ii)(I) of subsection (c)(2)(A) shall apply to all operations of such entity, and

(B)

subclause (II) of subsection (c)(2)(A)(ii) shall not apply.

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(2)

Coordination with application of certain definitions

(A)

In general

Section 2301(c)(5)(A) of the CARES Act, as amended by the preceding provisions of this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following: For purposes of the preceding sentence (other than for purposes of subsection (b)(2)), wages as defined in section 3121(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 shall be determined without regard to paragraphs (1), (5), (6), (7), (8), (10), (13), (18), (19), and (22) of section 3212(b) of such Code (except with respect to services performed in a penal institution by an inmate thereof)..

(B)

Conforming amendments

Sections 2301(c)(6) of the CARES Act is amended by striking Any term and inserting Except as otherwise provided in this section, any term.

(h)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall take effect as if included in section 2301 of the CARES Act.

3.

Improved coordination between paycheck protection program and employee retention tax credit

(a)

Amendment to paycheck protection program

Section 1106(a)(8) of the CARES Act is amended by inserting , except that such costs shall not include qualified wages taken into account in determining the credit allowed under section 2301 of this Act before the period at the end.

(b)

Amendments to employee retention tax credit

(1)

In general

Section 2301(g) of the CARES Act is amended to read as follows:

(g)

Election To not take certain wages into account

(1)

In general

This section shall not apply to qualified wages paid by an eligible employer with respect to which such employer makes an election (at such time and in such manner as the Secretary may prescribe) to have this section not apply to such wages.

(2)

Coordination with paycheck protection program

The Secretary, in consultation with the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, shall issue guidance providing that payroll costs paid or incurred during the covered period shall not fail to be treated as qualified wages under this section by reason of an election under paragraph (1) to the extent that a covered loan of the eligible employer is not forgiven by reason of a decision under section 1106(g). Terms used in the preceding sentence which are also used in section 1106 shall have the same meaning as when used in such section.

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(2)

Conforming amendments

(A)

Section 2301 of the CARES Act is amended by striking subsection (j).

(B)

Section 2301(l) of the CARES Act is amended by striking paragraph (3) and by redesignating paragraphs (4) and (5) as paragraphs (3) and (4), respectively.

(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall take effect as if included in the provisions of the CARES Act to which they relate.