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H.R. 3921: Senior Citizens’ Freedom to Work Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 15, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3921

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 15, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

A BILL

To amend title II of the Social Security Act to repeal the retirement earnings test, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Senior Citizens’ Freedom to Work Act of 2021.

2.

Repeal of the Retirement Earnings Test

(a)

In general

Subsections (b), (c)(1), (d), (f), (h), (j), and (k) of section 203 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 403) are repealed.

(b)

Conforming amendments

Section 203 of such Act (as amended by subsection (a)) is further amended—

(1)

by redesignating subsections (c), (e), (g), and (l) as subsections (b), (c), (d), and (e), respectively;

(2)

in subsection (b) (as so redesignated)—

(A)

by striking Noncovered Work Outside the United States or;

(B)

by redesignating paragraphs (2), (3), and (4) as paragraphs (1), (2), and (3), respectively;

(C)

by striking paragraphs (2), (3), and (4) of; and

(D)

by striking the last sentence;

(3)

in subsection (c) (as so redesignated), by striking subsections (c) and (d) and inserting subsection (b);

(4)

in subsection (d) (as so redesignated), by striking subsection (c) each place it appears and inserting subsection (b); and

(5)

in subsection (e) (as so redesignated), by striking subsection (g) or (h)(1)(A) and inserting subsection (d).

(c)

Additional conforming amendments

(1)

Provisions relating to benefits terminated upon deportation

Section 202(n)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 402(n)(1)) is amended by striking Section 203(b), (c), and (d) and inserting Section 203(b).

(2)

Provisions relating to exemptions from reductions based on early retirement

Section 202(q) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 402(q)) is amended—

(A)

in paragraph (5)(B), by striking section 203(c)(2) and inserting section 203(b)(1); and

(B)

in paragraph (7)(A), by striking deductions under section 203(b), 203(c)(1), 203(d)(1), or 222(b) and inserting deductions on account of work under section 203 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of the Senior Citizens’ Freedom to Work Act of 2021) or deductions under section 222(b).

(3)

Provisions relating to exemptions from reductions based on disregard of certain entitlements to child’s insurance benefits

Section 202(s) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 402(s)) is amended—

(A)

in paragraph (1), by striking paragraphs (2), (3), and (4) of section 203(c) and inserting paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of section 203(b); and

(B)

in paragraph (3), by striking The last sentence of subsection (c) of section 203, subsection (f)(1)(C) of section 203, and subsections and inserting Subsections.

(4)

Provisions relating to suspension of aliens' benefits

Section 202(t)(7) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 402(t)(7)) is amended by striking Subsections (b), (c), and (d) and inserting Subsection (b).

(5)

Provisions relating to reductions in benefits based on maximum benefits

Section 203(a)(3)(B)(iii) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 403(a)(3)(B)(iii)) is amended by striking and subsections (b), (c), and (d) and inserting and subsection (b).

(6)

Provisions relating to penalties for misrepresentations concerning earnings for periods subject to deductions on account of work

Section 208(a)(1)(C) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 408(a)(1)(C)) is amended by striking under section 203(f) of this title for purposes of deductions from benefits and inserting under section 203 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of the Senior Citizens’ Freedom to Work Act of 2021) for purposes of deductions from benefits on account of work.

(7)

Provisions taking into account earnings in determining benefit computation years

Clause (I) in the next to last sentence of section 215(b)(2)(A) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 415(b)(2)(A)) is amended by striking no earnings as described in section 203(f)(5) in such year and inserting no wages, and no net earnings from self-employment (in excess of net loss from self-employment), in such year.

(8)

Provisions relating to rounding of benefits

Section 215(g) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 415(g)) is amended by striking and any deduction under section 203(b).

(9)

Provisions defining income for purposes of SSI

Section 1612(a) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1382a(a)) is amended—

(A)

in paragraph (1)(A), by striking as determined under section 203(f)(5)(C) and inserting as defined in the last two sentences of this subsection; and

(B)

by adding at the end (after and below paragraph (2)(H)) the following:

For purposes of paragraph (1)(A), the term wages means wages as defined in section 209, but computed without regard to the limitations as to amounts of remuneration specified in paragraphs (1), (6)(B), (6)(C), (7)(B), and (8) of section 209(a). In making the computation under the preceding sentence, (A) services which do not constitute employment as defined in section 210, performed within the United States by an individual as an employee or performed outside the United States in the active military or naval services of the United States, shall be deemed to be employment as so defined if the remuneration for such services is not includible in computing the individual's net earnings or net loss from self-employment for purposes of title II, and (B) the term wages shall be deemed not to include (i) the amount of any payment made to, or on behalf of, an employee or any of his or her dependents (including any amount paid by an employer for insurance or annuities, or into a fund, to provide for any such payment) on account of retirement, or (ii) any payment or series of payments by an employer to an employee or any of his or her dependents upon or after the termination of the employee’s employment relationship because of retirement after attaining an age specified in a plan referred to in section 209(a)(11)(B) or in a pension plan of the employer.

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(d)

Repeal of deductions on account of work under the Railroad Retirement Program

(1)

In general

Section 2 of the Railroad Retirement Act of 1974 (45 U.S.C. 231a) is amended—

(A)

by striking subsection (f); and

(B)

by striking subsection (g)(2) and by redesignating subsection (g)(1) as subsection (g).

(2)

Conforming amendments

(A)

Section 3(f)(1) of such Act (45 U.S.C. 231b(f)(1)) is amended in the first sentence by striking before any reductions under the provisions of section 2(f) of this Act,.

(B)

Section 4(g)(2) of such Act (45 U.S.C. 231c(g)(2)) is amended—

(i)

in clause (i), by striking shall, before any deductions under section 2(g) of this Act, and inserting shall; and

(ii)

in clause (ii), by striking any deductions under section 2(g) of this Act and before.

(e)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to taxable years ending after December 31, 2021.