IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 23, 2021
Ms. Klobuchar (for herself, Mr. Braun, Mrs. Feinstein, Ms. Baldwin, Ms. Duckworth, and Mr. Manchin) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit certain expenses associated with obtaining or maintaining recognized postsecondary credentials to be treated as qualified higher education expenses for purposes of 529 accounts.
This Act may be cited as the
Freedom To Invest in Tomorrow's Workforce Act.
Certain career training and credentialing expenses treated as qualified higher education expenses for purposes of 529 accounts
Section 529(e)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
Certain career training and credentialing expenses
The term qualified higher education expenses includes—
tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for the enrollment or attendance of an individual in a recognized postsecondary credential program, or any other expense incurred in connection with enrollment in or attendance at a recognized postsecondary credential program if such expense would, if incurred in connection with enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution, be covered under subparagraph (A), and
fees required to obtain or maintain a recognized postsecondary credential, including testing and other fees required by the organization issuing the recognized postsecondary credential as a condition of maintaining or obtaining the credential.
Recognized postsecondary credential program
For purposes of this subparagraph, the term recognized postsecondary credential program means a program to obtain a recognized postsecondary credential if such program is included on a list prepared under section 122(d) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act or meets the training or educational prerequisites to qualify an individual to take an examination developed or administered by an organization widely recognized as providing reputable credentials in the occupation, where such examination is required to obtain or maintain a recognized postsecondary credential.
Recognized postsecondary credential
For purposes of this subparagraph, the term recognized postsecondary credential means—
a recognized postsecondary credential, as such term is defined in section 3(52) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 3102) (but an industry-recognized credential shall be for a program for which a provider is eligible under section 122 of that Act (29 U.S.C. 3152)), including a credential from a certificate or certification program that is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the American National Standards Institute, or
any other postsecondary credential recognized for purposes of this subparagraph under regulations or guidance provided by the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor.
The amendment made by this section shall apply to expenses paid or incurred in taxable years beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act.