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H.R. 2703: Superfund Polluter Pays Act


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 20, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2703

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 20, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Pascrell, and Mr. McEachin) 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 extend the financing of the Superfund.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Superfund Polluter Pays Act.

2.

Extension of Superfund taxes

(a)

Hazardous Substance Superfund financing rate

(1)

In general

Section 4611(e) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended to read as follows:

(e)

Application of hazardous substance superfund financing rate

The Hazardous Substance Superfund financing rate under this section shall apply after December 31, 1986, and before January 1, 1996, and after the date of the enactment of this subsection and before January 1, 2026.

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(2)

Rate of tax adjusted for inflation

(A)

In general

Section 4611(c)(2)(A) of such Code is amended by striking 9.7 cents and inserting 16.3 cents.

(B)

Continued adjustment for inflation

Section 4611(c) of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(3)

Inflation adjustment

(A)

In general

In the case of a calendar year beginning after 2021, the 16.3 cents amount in paragraph (2)(A) shall be increased by an amount equal to—

(i)

such dollar amount, multiplied by

(ii)

the cost-of-living adjustment determined under section 1(f)(3) for such calendar year, determined by substituting calendar year 2020 for calendar year 2016 in subparagraph (A)(ii) thereof.

(B)

Rounding

If any amount as adjusted under subparagraph (A) is not a multiple of 0.1 cents, such amount shall be rounded to the nearest multiple of 0.1 cents.

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(3)

Technical amendments

(A)

Section 4611(b) of such Code is amended—

(i)

by striking or exported from in paragraph (1)(A),

(ii)

by striking or exportation in paragraph (1)(B), and

(iii)

by striking and exportation in the heading.

(B)

Section 4611(d)(3) of such Code is amended—

(i)

by striking or exporting the crude oil, as the case may be in the text and inserting the crude oil, and

(ii)

by striking or exports in the heading.

(b)

Adjustment of excise tax on certain chemicals for inflation

Section 4661(b) of such Code is amended to read as follows:

(b)

Amount of tax

(1)

In general

The amount of the tax imposed by subsection (a) shall be determined in accordance with the following table:

In the case of:The tax is the following amount per ton:
Acetylene$14.30
Benzene14.30
Butane14.30
Butylene14.30
Butadiene14.30
Ethylene14.30
Methane10.10
Naphthalene14.30
Propylene14.30
Toluene14.30
Xylene14.30
Ammonia7.75
Antimony13.06
Antimony trioxide11.01
Arsenic13.06
Arsenic trioxide10.01
Barium sulfide6.75
Bromine13.06
Cadmium13.06
Chlorine7.93
Chromium13.06
Chromite4.46
Potassium dichromate4.96
Sodium dichromate5.49
Cobalt13.06
Cupric sulfate5.49
Cupric oxide10.54
Cuprous oxide11.66
Hydrochloric acid0.85
Hydrogen fluoride12.42
Lead oxide12.15
Mercury13.06
Nickel13.06
Phosphorus13.06
Stannous chloride8.37
Stannic chloride6.22
Zinc chloride6.52
Zinc sulfate5.58
Potassium hydroxide0.65
Sodium hydroxide0.82
Sulfuric acid0.76
Nitric acid0.70.
(2)

Adjustment for inflation

(A)

In general

In the case of a calendar year beginning after 2021, each of the amounts in the table in paragraph (1) shall be increased by an amount equal to—

(i)

such amount, multiplied by

(ii)

the cost-of-living adjustment determined under section 1(f)(3) for the calendar year, determined by substituting calendar year 2020 for calendar year 2016 in subparagraph (A)(ii) thereof.

(B)

Rounding

If any amount as adjusted under subparagraph (A) is not a multiple of $0.01, such amount shall be rounded to the next lowest multiple of $0.01.

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(c)

Corporate environmental income tax

(1)

Subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new part:

VIII

Environmental Tax

Sec. 59B. Environmental Tax.

59B.

Environmental tax

(a)

Imposition of tax

In the case of a corporation, there is hereby imposed (in addition to any other tax imposed by this subtitle) a tax equal to 0.12 percent of the excess of—

(1)

the modified environmental tax taxable income of such corporation for the taxable year, over

(2)

$3,130,000.

(b)

Modified environmental tax taxable income

For purposes of this section, the term modified environmental tax taxable income means taxable income determined without regard to—

(1)

the net operating loss deduction allowable under section 172, and

(2)

the deduction allowed under section 164(a)(5).

(c)

Exception for RICs and REITs

The tax imposed by subsection (a) shall not apply to—

(1)

a regulated investment company to which part I of subchapter M applies, and

(2)

a real estate investment trust to which part II of subchapter M applies.

(d)

Special rules

(1)

Short taxable years

The application of this section to taxable years of less than 12 months shall be in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary.

(2)

Section 15 not to apply

Section 15 shall not apply to the tax imposed by this section.

(e)

Inflation adjustment

(1)

In general

In the case of a taxable year beginning after 2021, the $3,130,000 amount in subsection (a)(2) shall be increased by an amount equal to—

(A)

such dollar amount, multiplied by

(B)

the cost-of-living adjustment determined under section 1(f)(3) for the calendar year in which the taxable year begins, determined by substituting calendar year 2020 for calendar year 2016 in subparagraph (A)(ii) thereof.

(2)

Rounding

If any amount as adjusted under paragraph (1) is not a multiple of $10,000, such amount shall be rounded to the nearest multiple of $10,000.

(f)

Application of tax

The tax imposed by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after the date of the enactment of this subsection and before January 1, 2027.

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(2)

Conforming amendments

(A)

Paragraph (2) of section 26(b) of such Code is amended by striking and at the end of subparagraph (X), by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (Y) and inserting , and, and by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(Z)

section 59B (relating to environmental tax).

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(B)

Section 164(a) of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following:

(5)

The environmental tax imposed by section 59B.

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(C)

Section 275(a) of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following: Paragraph (1) shall not apply to the tax imposed by section 59B..

(D)

Section 882(a)(1) of such Code is amended by striking or 59A and inserting , 59A, or 59B.

(E)

Section 1561(a) of such Code is amended by inserting and one dollar amount in effect under section 59B(a)(2) for purposes of computing the tax imposed by section 59B after under section 535(c)(2) and (3).

(F)

Section 6425(c)(1)(A) of such Code is amended by striking plus at the end of clause (i), by striking over and inserting plus at the end of clause (ii), and by inserting after clause (ii) the following:

(iii)

the tax imposed by section 59B, over

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(G)

Section 6655 of such Code is amended—

(i)

in subsections (e)(2)(A)(i) and (e)(2)(B)(i), by striking taxable income and modified taxable income and inserting taxable income, modified taxable income, and modified environmental tax taxable income,

(ii)

in subsection (e)(2)(B), by adding at the end the following new clause:

(iii)

Modified environmental tax taxable income

The term modified environmental tax taxable income has the meaning given to such term in section 59B(b).

, and

(iii)

in subsection (g)(1)(A), by striking plus at the end of clause (ii), by redesignating clause (iii) as clause (iv), and by inserting after clause (ii) the following:

(iii)

the tax imposed by section 59B, plus

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(H)

Section 9507(b)(1) of such Code is amended by inserting 59B, before 4611.

(I)

The table of parts for subchapter A of chapter 1 of such Code is amended by inserting after the item relating to part VII the following new item:

Part VIII. Environmental tax

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(d)

Effective dates

(1)

Excise taxes

The amendments made by subsections (a) and (b) shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.

(2)

Income tax

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