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H.R.1159 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide special rules for investments lost in a fraudulent Ponzi-type scheme.
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SECTION 1. TREATMENT OF INVESTMENT LOSSES IN FRAUDULENT PONZI-TYPE SCHEME.
(a) In General- Section 165 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to losses) is amended by redesignating subsection (m) as subsection (n) and by inserting after subsection (l) the following new subsection:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) FRAUDULENT PONZI-TYPE SCHEME- For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘fraudulent Ponzi-type scheme’ means any fraudulent investment operation which was managed in a manner that provided investors with returns (or purported returns) derived substantially from investments made by other investors rather than from profits.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) TREATMENT OF SUBSEQUENT RECOVERIES- If the aggregate estimated losses to which an election under paragraph (1) applies with respect to a fraudulent Ponzi-type scheme for all prior taxable years exceeds the aggregate actual losses by reason of a recovery received or accrued during any taxable year, the amount of such recovery shall be included in gross income for such taxable year to the extent of such excess. Proper adjustments shall be made in the application of the preceding sentence for additional recoveries in subsequent taxable years.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(i) IN GENERAL- Subparagraph (A)(i) shall be applied by substituting ‘the applicable number of taxable years’ for ‘2 taxable years’ with respect to the portion of the net operating loss for the taxable year to which an election under section 165(m) applies.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(ii) APPLICABLE NUMBER OF TAXABLE YEARS- For purposes of clause (i), the applicable number of taxable years is any whole number elected by the taxpayer which is more than 2 but not more than the lesser of--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(iii) ORDERING RULE- For purposes of this subparagraph, the portion of the net operating loss for any taxable year which is attributable to a loss to which an election under section 165(m) applies shall be the excess of--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(iv) COORDINATION WITH PARAGRAPH (2)- For purposes of applying paragraph (2), a loss to which an election under section 165(m) applies for any taxable year shall be treated in a manner similar to the manner in which a specified liability loss is treated.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Waiver of Contribution Base Limitation on Charitable Contributions- Subsection (b) of section 170 of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(i) IN GENERAL- For purposes of this paragraph, the term ‘charity restoration deduction’ means the amount of charitable contributions made by the taxpayer during the taxable year to an organization described in subsection (c) which are designated by such organization for purposes of this paragraph.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(ii) LIMITATION ON AMOUNT DESIGNATED- The aggregate amount which may be designated by an organization for purposes of this paragraph for all taxable years shall not exceed the aggregate deduction which would be allowed to such organization under section 165(m) were such organization a taxpayer to which section 165(m) applies.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(C) OVERALL LIMITATION- In no event shall the amount allowed as a deduction under this section for the taxable year by reason of this paragraph exceed the excess of the taxpayer’s taxable income (determined without regard to this paragraph) for such year over the deduction allowed under this section without regard to this paragraph.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) during any preceding calendar year, a taxpayer made a gift of an interest in an investment operation later determined to be a fraudulent Ponzi-type scheme (as defined in section 165(m)(2)),CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
the amount under subsection (a)(2) for the calendar year in which the gift referred to in subparagraph (C) is made and subsequent calendar years (determined without regard to such gift) shall be reduced by the gift restoration amount.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) the amount of credit allowable under this section with respect to the gift described in paragraph (1)(C) (or would be allowable without regard to the limitation in subsection (a)(1)), orCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) the amount of credit which would be so allowable with respect to a gift equal to the amount of the donee’s loss on such interest (without taking into account any potential recoveries) which can reasonably be estimated as of the close of the calendar year in which the gift described in paragraph (1)(C) was made.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) GIFT TREATMENT- The amendment made by subsection (d) shall apply to gifts referred to in section 2505(d)(1)(C) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (as added by this section) made after December 31, 2008.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink