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Proposed Tax Legislation - March 2020

The following is an overview of some of the tax proposals discussed or introduced in Congress in March 2020. It is important that you not treat these proposals as passed legislation. Many hurdles remain before any of these legislative ideas become law. In the meantime, it is useful to see what types of tax laws may be affecting you in the future.

  • SAFE at Work Act of 2020 (House of Representatives Bill 6219): This bill, introduced March 12, proposes to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against tax for telework.
  • Paid Sick Leave Credit Act of 2020 (House of Representatives Bill 6221): This bill, introduced March 12, proposes to allow a tax credit for employers under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 for certain mandated paid sick leave.
  • Lower Health Insurance Deductibles Act (Senate Bill 3439): This bill, introduced March 11, proposes to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit high deductible health plans to divide the deductible between medical and drug costs for purposes of qualifying for health savings accounts, and for other purposes.
  • Save Our Springs Act of 2020 (House of Representatives Bill 6185): This bill, introduced March 10, proposes to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose an excise tax on the extraction of certain water for bottling, and for other purposes.
  • Tax Relief for Bridge Tolls Act of 2020 (House of Representatives Bill 6122): This bill, introduced March 5, proposes to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against tax for bridge tolls.
  • IRS Enhancement and Tax Gap Reduction Act of 2020 (House of Representatives Bill 6076): This bill, introduced March 4, proposes to provide for increased audits, improved technology infrastructure, and increased staff for the Internal Revenue Service for the purpose of reducing the tax gap, and for other purposes.
  • Special Needs Tax Credit Act (House of Representatives Bill 6048): This bill, introduced March 2, proposes to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a credit to individuals for legal expenses paid with respect to establishing guardianship of a family member with disabilities.
  • Improving Child Care for Working Families Act of 2020 (House of Representatives Bill 6047): This bill, introduced March 2, proposes to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the limitation of the exclusion for dependent care assistance programs.

IMPORTANT: The above are proposals. There are many steps each bill must go through before they are signed into law.

Information retrieved from: GovTrack.us https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/subjects/taxation/6342