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H.R.4191 - Let Wall Street Pay for the Restoration of Main Street Act of 2009
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a tax on certain securities transactions to fund job creation and deficit reduction.
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Mr. DEFAZIO (for himself, Mr. ARCURI, Mr. PERLMUTTER, Mr. BRALEY of Iowa, Ms. SUTTON, Mr. FILNER, Mr. PERRIELLO, Mr. WELCH, Mr. HARE, Mr. KAGEN, Mr. RYAN of Ohio, Mr. HASTINGS of Florida, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, Mr. DAVIS of Tennessee, Ms. HIRONO, Mr. RAHALL, Mr. STARK, Mr. CUMMINGS, Mr. JOHNSON of Georgia, Mr. GRIJALVA, Ms. EDWARDS of Maryland, Ms. SHEA-PORTER, Ms. KAPTUR, Mr. HINCHEY, Ms. SLAUGHTER, and Mr. SARBANES) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Rules and the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concernedCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
(9) This transfer tax would be assessed on the sale and purchase of financial instruments such as stocks, options, and futures. A quarter percent (0.25 percent) tax on financial transactions could raise approximately $150,000,000,000 a year.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(10) The United States had a transfer tax from 1914 to 1966. The Revenue Act of 1914 (Act of Oct. 22, 1914 (ch. 331, 38 Stat. 745)) levied a 0.2 percent tax on all sales or transfers of stock. In 1932, Congress more than doubled the tax to help financial recovery and job creation during the Great Depression.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(12) Half of the revenue generated by this transaction tax will deposited in a Job Creation Reserve to fund the creation of good paying jobs and put Americans back to work rebuilding our Nation.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. JOB CREATION RESERVE FOR INVESTMENTS IN MIDDLE CLASS JOBS.
(a) In General- For budgetary purposes, half the additional Federal receipts by reason of the enactment of this Act shall be held in a separate account to be known as the ‘Job Creation Reserve’. The Job Creation Reserve shall be available to offset the additional costs from the Surface Transportation Authorization Act of 2009 and subsequent legislation to fund job creation in the United States provided that the subsequent legislation--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) BUDGET COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN- After the reporting of a bill or joint resolution, or the offering of an amendment thereto or the submission of a conference report thereon, providing funding for the purposes set forth in subsection (a) in excess of the amounts provided for those purposes for fiscal year 2010, the chairman of the Committee on the Budget of the applicable House of Congress shall make the adjustments set forth in paragraph (2) for the amount of new budget authority and outlays in that measure and the outlays flowing from that budget authority.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) AMOUNTS OF ADJUSTMENTS- The adjustments referred to in paragraphs (1) and (2) shall not exceed half the receipts estimated by the Congressional Budget Office that are attributable to this Act for the fiscal year in which the adjustments are made.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. DEFICIT REDUCTION.
It is the Sense of Congress that half the additional Federal receipts by reason of the enactment of this Act shall not be expended and therefore reduce the Federal deficit. The Committee on the Budget shall clearly report this deficit reduction in the committee report for the budget resolution.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. RECOUPMENT OF WALL STREET BAILOUT.
‘Subchapter C--Tax on Securities Transactions
‘SEC. 4475. TAX ON SECURITIES TRANSACTIONS.
‘(2) FUTURES- There is hereby imposed a tax on each covered transaction in a futures contract of 0.02 percent of the value of the instruments involved in such transaction.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(4) CREDIT DEFAULT SWAPS- There is hereby imposed a tax on each covered transaction in a credit default swaps contract of 0.02 percent of the value of the instruments involved in such transaction.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(5) OPTIONS- There is hereby imposed a tax on each covered transaction in an options contract with respect to a transaction described in paragraph (1), (2), (3), or (4) of--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(b) Exception for Retirement Accounts, etc- No tax shall be imposed under subsection (a) with respect to any stock contract, futures contract, swaps contract, credit default swap, or options contract which is held in any plan, account, or arrangement described in section 220, 223, 401(a), 403(a), 403(b), 408, 408A, 529, or 530.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(c) Exception for Interests in Mutual Funds- No tax shall be imposed under subsection (a) with respect to the purchase or sale of any interest in a regulated investment company (as defined in section 851) or of any derivative of such an interest.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(f) Administration- The Secretary shall carry out this section in consultation with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Credit for First $100,000 of Stock Transactions Per Year- Subpart C of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of such Code is amended by inserting after section 36A the following new section:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘SEC. 36B. CREDIT FOR SECURITIES TRANSACTION TAXES.
‘(a) Allowance of Credit- In the case of any purchaser with respect to a covered transaction, there shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this subtitle for the taxable year an amount equal to the lesser of--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(b) Aggregation Rule- For purposes of this section, all persons treated as a single employer under subsection (a) or (b) of section 52, or subsection (m) or (o) of section 414, shall be treated as one taxpayer.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(c) Definitions- For purposes of this section, any term used in this section which is also used in section 4475 shall have the same meaning as when used in section 4475.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘SEC. 1447. WITHHOLDING ON SECURITIES TRANSACTIONS.
‘(a) In General- In the case of any outbound securities transaction, the transferor shall deduct and withhold a tax equal to the tax imposed under section 4475 with respect to such transaction.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(b) Outbound Securities Transaction- For purposes of this section, the term ‘outbound securities transaction’ means any covered transaction to which section 4475(a) applies if--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) The table of sections for subpart C of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of such Code is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 36A the following new item:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
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