H.R.1883 - Investing in U.S. Territories, Not Corporations Act of 2011
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to regulate the subsidies paid to rum producers in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and for other purposes.
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Mr. PIERLUISI (for himself, Mr. ISSA, Mr. SERRANO, Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN, Mr. GRIMM, Mr. JONES, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, and Mr. YOUNG of Alaska) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and MeansCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. LIMITATION ON GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE TO RUM PRODUCERS.
Subsection (e) of section 7652 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to shipments of rum to the United States) is amended by redesignating paragraphs (3) and (4) as paragraphs (4) and (5), respectively, and by inserting after paragraph (2) the following new paragraph:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) IN GENERAL- If the amount of direct and indirect government assistance paid or incurred by any covered government during any calendar year to persons producing rum within the jurisdiction of such government exceeds the limitation under subparagraph (B), the amount which would (but for this paragraph) be covered into the treasury of such government under this subsection shall be reduced for each of the 2 succeeding calendar years by the amount of such excess.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) LIMITATION- The limitation under this subparagraph is the amount equal to 15 percent of the amount which would (but for this paragraph) be covered into the treasury of such government under this section for the calendar year.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(C) SEPARATE APPLICATION TO EACH PRODUCER- The provisions of subparagraphs (A) and (B) shall also be applied separately to each rum producer, taking into account only the assistance paid or incurred by any covered government to such producer and only such producer’s production to which subsection (a)(3) or (b)(3) applies, whichever is applicable.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(i) DIRECT GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE- The term ‘direct government assistance’ includes any transfer of funds, grant, subsidy (other than any generally available tax subsidy), loan, equity investment, loan guarantee, production or marketing incentive, income or price support, provision of goods or services (other than generally available infrastructure and public services), and such other assistance provided by a covered government as the Secretary identifies as consistent with the purposes of this paragraph.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(iii) CERTAIN DEBT-FINANCED PAYMENTS EXCLUDED- The terms ‘direct government assistance’ and ‘indirect government assistance’ shall not include any payment made by a covered government to a rum producer out of funds raised through a loan (including the issuance of a debt instrument), but shall include any payment of principal and interest on the loan (or debt instrument).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(E) ANNUAL REPORTS- Each covered government shall, for each calendar year, submit a report to the Secretary detailing the amount and type of direct and indirect government assistance provided by such government to each rum producer during such calendar year and to rum producers in the aggregate during such year. Such report shall be submitted at such time, and in such form, as is prescribed by the Secretary.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM ALLOCATIONS OF RUM EXCISE TAXES BETWEEN PUERTO RICO AND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS.
‘(1) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding subsections (a), (b), and (e), if, without regard to this subsection and subsection (e)(3), the Secretary determines that the respective shares of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands of the aggregate amount to be covered into their treasuries under this section for any calendar year are not within the parameters of paragraph (2), the Secretary shall increase or decrease such shares to the extent necessary to bring them within such parameters.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. DENIAL OF COVER OVER FOR RUM REDISTILLED INTO CANE NEUTRAL SPIRITS.
‘(j) Denial of Cover Over for Rum Redistilled Into Cane Neutral Spirits- No amount shall be covered over under subsection (a) or (b) with respect to rum which is redistilled into cane neutral spirits after being brought into the United States. The Secretary shall prescribe such information reporting as the Secretary determines necessary to carry out the preceding sentence.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. EFFECTIVE DATE.
(b) Denial of Cover Over for Rum Redistilled Into Cane Neutral Spirits- The amendment made by section 4 shall apply to rum brought into the United States after the date of the enactment of this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink