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H.R. 807: Water and Agriculture Tax Reform Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 28, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 807

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 28, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Bishop of Utah, Mr. Tipton, Mr. Gosar, Mr. Curtis, Mr. Schweikert, Mr. Crow, Mr. Neguse, and Mr. Perlmutter) 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 facilitate water leasing and water transfers to promote conservation and efficiency.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Water and Agriculture Tax Reform Act of 2019.

2.

Facilitate water leasing and water transfers to promote conservation and efficiency

(a)

In general

Paragraph (12) of section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(J)

Treatment of mutual ditch irrigation companies

(i)

In general

In the case of a mutual ditch or irrigation company or of a like organization to a mutual ditch or irrigation company, subparagraph (A) shall be applied without taking into account—

(I)

any income received or accrued from the sale, lease, or exchange of fee or other interests in real and personal property, including interests in water (other than income derived from the sale, lease, or transfer of water to nonmembers outside the river basin or basins within which the mutual ditch or irrigation company operates),

(II)

any income received or accrued from the sale or exchange of stock in a mutual ditch or irrigation company (or in a like organization to a mutual ditch or irrigation company) or contract rights for the delivery or use of water, or

(III)

any income received or accrued from the investment of income described in subclause (I) or (II),

except that any income described in subclause (I), (II), or (III) which is distributed or expended for expenses (other than for operations, maintenance, and capital improvements) of the mutual ditch or irrigation company or of the like organization to a mutual ditch or irrigation company (as the case may be) shall be treated as nonmember income in the year in which it is distributed or expended. For purposes of the preceding sentence, expenses (other than for operations, maintenance, and capital improvements) include expenses for the construction of conveyances designed to deliver water outside of the system of the mutual ditch or irrigation company or of the like organization.
(ii)

Treatment of organizational governance

In the case of a mutual ditch or irrigation company or of a like organization to a mutual ditch or irrigation company, where State law provides that such a company or organization may be organized in a manner that permits voting on a basis which is pro rata to share ownership on corporate governance matters, subparagraph (A) shall be applied without taking into account whether its member shareholders have one vote on corporate governance matters per share held in the corporation. Nothing in this clause shall be construed to create any inference about the requirements of this subsection for companies or organizations not included in this clause.

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(b)

Effective date

The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to taxable years beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act.

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