Jump to content

Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016


Pinnacle

Recommended Posts

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

 


A BILL

To restore amounts improperly withheld for tax purposes from severance payments to individuals who retired or separated from service in the Armed Forces for combat-related injuries, and for other purposes.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 

 

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016”.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress makes the following findings:

(1) Approximately 10,000 to 11,000 individuals are retired from service in the Armed Forces for medical reasons each year.

(2) Some of such individuals are separated from service in the Armed Forces for combat-related injuries (as defined in section 104(b)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986).

(3) Congress has recognized the tremendous personal sacrifice of veterans with combat-related injuries by, among other things, specifically excluding from taxable income severance pay received for combat-related injuries.

(4) Since 1991, the Secretary of Defense has improperly withheld taxes from severance pay for wounded veterans, thus denying them their due compensation and a significant benefit intended by Congress.

(5) Many veterans owed redress are beyond the statutory period to file an amended tax return because they were not or are not aware that taxes were improperly withheld.

SEC. 3. RESTORATION OF AMOUNTS IMPROPERLY WITHHELD FOR TAX PURPOSES FROM SEVERANCE PAYMENTS TO VETERANS WITH COMBAT-RELATED INJURIES.

(a) In General.—Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall—

  (1) identify—

    (A) the severance payments—

      (i) that the Secretary paid after January 17, 1991;

      (ii) that the Secretary computed under section 1212 of title 10, United States Code;

      (iii) that were not considered gross income pursuant to section 104(a)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; and

      (iv) from which the Secretary withheld amounts for tax purposes; and

    (B) the individuals to whom such severance payments were made; and

  (2) with respect to each person identified under paragraph (1)(B), provide—

    (A) notice of—

      (i) the amount of severance payments in paragraph (1)(A) which were improperly withheld for tax purposes; and

      (ii) such other information determined to be necessary by the Secretary of the Treasury to carry out the purposes of this section; and

    (B) instructions for filing amended tax returns to recover the amounts improperly withheld for tax purposes.

 

(b) Extension Of Limitation On Time For Credit Or Refund.—

  (1) PERIOD FOR FILING CLAIM.—If a claim for credit or refund under section 6511(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 relates to a specified overpayment, the 3-year period of limitation prescribed by such subsection shall not expire before the date which is 1 year after the date the information return described in subsection (a)(2) is provided. The allowable amount of credit or refund of a specified overpayment shall be determined without regard to the amount of tax paid within the period provided in section 6511(b)(2).

  (2) SPECIFIED OVERPAYMENT.—For purposes of paragraph (1), the term “specified overpayment” means an overpayment attributable to a severance payment described in subsection (a)(1).

SEC. 4. REQUIREMENT THAT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ENSURE AMOUNTS ARE NOT WITHHELD FOR TAX PURPOSES FROM SEVERANCE PAYMENTS NOT CONSIDERED GROSS INCOME.

The Secretary of Defense shall take such actions as may be necessary to ensure that amounts are not withheld for tax purposes from severance payments made by the Secretary to individuals when such payments are not considered gross income pursuant to section 104(a)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

SEC. 5. REPORT TO CONGRESS.

(a) In General.—After completing the identification required by section 3(a) and not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report on the actions taken by the Secretary to carry out this Act.

 

(b) Contents.—The report submitted under subsection (a) shall include the following:

  (1) The number of individuals identified under section 3(a)(1)(B).

  (2) Of all the severance payments described in section 3(a)(1)(A), the aggregate amount that the Secretary withheld for tax purposes from such payments.

  (3) A description of the actions the Secretary plans to take to carry out section 4.

 

(c) Appropriate Committees Of Congress Defined.—In this section, the term “appropriate committees of Congress” means—

  (1) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and the Committee on Finance of the Senate; and

  (2) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives.

Congress & Supreme Court Admin


Admin NPCs:
Rep. Derek H. Gray (D-TX-20)

Speaker of the House & Democratic Party Chair

 

The Hon. John Roberts

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...