IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 27, 2019
Mr. Wicker (for himself, Mr. Warner, Mr. Cardin, and Mrs. Capito) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for new markets tax credit investments in the Rural Jobs Zone.
This Act may be cited as the
Rural Jobs Act.
Allocations of new markets tax credit limitation for the Rural Jobs Zone
Section 45D(f) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
Allocations for the Rural Jobs Zone
In addition to any new markets tax credit limitation under paragraph (1), there are the following amounts of new markets tax credit limitation which shall be allocated by the Secretary only to Rural Jobs Zone development entities for making Rural Jobs Zone equity investments:
$500,000,000 for 2019.
$500,000,000 for 2020.
Rural Jobs Zone development entity
For purposes of this paragraph, the term Rural Jobs Zone development entity means any qualified community development entity a significant mission of which is the economic development of, and the creation and retention of jobs in, the Rural Jobs Zone.
Rural Jobs Zone equity investment
For purposes of this paragraph, the term Rural Jobs Zone equity investment means any equity investment which would be a qualified equity investment if the only low-income community was the Rural Jobs Zone.
Rural Jobs Zone
For purposes of this paragraph, the term Rural Jobs Zone means the area comprised of low-income communities which are a portion of neither—
a city or town that has a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants, nor
any urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to such a city or town.
Minimum investment in persistent poverty counties and high migration rural counties
The Secretary shall prescribe regulations or other guidance pursuant to which not less than 25 percent of the Rural Jobs Zone equity investments made pursuant to allocations made under this paragraph are invested in areas which are persistent poverty counties, high migration rural counties (as defined in subsection (e)(5)(B)), or both.
Persistent poverty counties
For purposes of this subparagraph, the term persistent poverty county means any county that has had 20 percent or more of its population living in poverty over the past 30 years, as measured by the 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses and the most recent Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates.
Application of carryover
Paragraph (3) shall be applied separately with respect to the amounts specified in subparagraph (A).
The amendment made by this section shall apply to allocations made after the date of the enactment of this Act.