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Introduced in House (06/03/2008)


110th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6172

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow an offset against income tax refunds to pay for State judicial debts that are past-due.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 3, 2008

Mr. Ramstad (for himself, Mr. Kind, Mr. Walz of Minnesota, Mr. Kline of Minnesota, Ms. McCollum of Minnesota, Mr. Ellison, Mrs. Bachmann, Mr. Peterson of Minnesota, and Mr. Oberstar) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


A BILL

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow an offset against income tax refunds to pay for State judicial debts that are past-due.

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 “Crime Victim Restitution and Court Fee Intercept Act”.

SEC. 2. Offset of State judicial debts against income tax refund.

(a) In general.—Section 6402 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to authority to make credits or refunds) is amended by redesignating subsections (f) through (k) as subsections (g) through (l), respectively, and by inserting after subsection (e) the following:

“(f) Collection of past-due, legally enforceable State judicial debts.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Upon receiving notice from any State judicial branch or State agency designated by the chief justice of the State’s highest court that a named person owes a past-due, legally enforceable State judicial debt to or in such State, the Secretary shall, under such conditions as may be prescribed by the Secretary—

“(A) reduce the amount of any overpayment payable to such person by the amount of such State judicial debt;

“(B) pay the amount by which such overpayment is reduced under subparagraph (A) to such State judicial branch or State agency and notify such State judicial branch or State agency of such person’s name, taxpayer identification number, address, and the amount collected; and

“(C) notify the person making such overpayment that the overpayment has been reduced by an amount necessary to satisfy a past-due, legally enforceable State judicial debt.

If an offset is made pursuant to a joint return, the notice under subparagraph (B) shall include the names, taxpayer identification numbers, and addresses of each person filing such return.

“(2) PRIORITIES FOR OFFSET.—Any overpayment by a person shall be reduced pursuant to this subsection—

“(A) after such overpayment is reduced pursuant to—

“(i) subsection (a) with respect to any liability for any internal revenue tax on the part of the person who made the overpayment;

“(ii) subsection (c) with respect to past-due support;

“(iii) subsection (d) with respect to any past-due, legally enforceable debt owed to a Federal agency; and

“(iv) subsection (e) with respect to any past-due, legally enforceable State income tax obligations; and

“(B) before such overpayment is credited to the future liability for any Federal internal revenue tax of such person pursuant to subsection (b).

If the Secretary receives notice from 1 or more State agencies, or from 1 or more State agencies and the State judicial branch, of more than 1 debt subject to paragraph (1) that is owed by such person to such State agency or State judicial branch, any overpayment by such person shall be applied against such debts in the order in which such debts accrued.

“(3) NOTICE; CONSIDERATION OF EVIDENCE.—Rules similar to the rules of subsection (e)(4) shall apply with respect to debts under this subsection.

“(4) PAST-DUE, LEGALLY ENFORCEABLE STATE JUDICIAL DEBT.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘past-due, legally enforceable State judicial debt’ means a debt—

“(i) which resulted from a judgment or sentence rendered by any court or tribunal of competent jurisdiction which—

“(I) handles criminal or traffic cases in the State; and

“(II) has determined an amount of State judicial debt to be due; and

“(ii) which resulted from a State judicial debt which has been assessed and is past-due but not collected.

“(B) STATE JUDICIAL DEBT.—For purposes of this paragraph, the term ‘State judicial debt’ includes court costs, fees, fines, assessments, restitution to victims of crime, and other monies resulting from a judgment or sentence rendered by any court or tribunal of competent jurisdiction handling criminal or traffic cases in the State.

“(5) REGULATIONS.—The Secretary shall issue regulations prescribing the time and manner in which State judicial branches and State agencies must submit notices of past-due, legally enforceable State judicial debts and the necessary information that must be contained in or accompany such notices. The regulations shall specify the types of State judicial monies and the minimum amount of debt to which the reduction procedure established by paragraph (1) may be applied. The regulations may require State judicial branches and State agencies to pay a fee to reimburse the Secretary for the cost of applying such procedure. Any fee paid to the Secretary pursuant to the preceding sentence shall be used to reimburse appropriations which bore all or part of the cost of applying such procedure.

“(6) ERRONEOUS PAYMENT TO STATE.—Any State judicial branch or State agency receiving notice from the Secretary that an erroneous payment has been made to such State judicial branch or State agency under paragraph (1) shall pay promptly to the Secretary, in accordance with such regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, an amount equal to the amount of such erroneous payment (without regard to whether any other amounts payable to such State judicial branch or State agency under such paragraph have been paid to such State judicial branch or State agency).”.

(b) Disclosure of return information.—Section 6103(l)(10) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to disclosure of certain information to agencies requesting a reduction under subsection (c), (d), or (e) of section 6402) is amended by striking “or (e)” each place it appears in the text and heading and inserting “(e), or (f)”.

(c) Conforming amendments.—

(1) Section 6402(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking “and (e)” and inserting “(e), and (f)”.

(2) Paragraph (2) of section 6402(d) of such Code is amended by striking “subsection (e)” and inserting “subsections (e) and (f)”.

(3) Paragraph (3)(B) of section 6402(e) of such Code is amended to read as follows:

“(B) before such overpayment is—

“(i) reduced pursuant to subsection (f) with respect to past-due, legally enforceable State judicial debts, and

“(ii) credited to the future liability for any Federal internal revenue tax of such person pursuant to subsection (b).”.

(4) Section 6402(g) of such Code, as so redesignated, is amended by striking “or (e)” and inserting “(e), or (f)”.

(5) Section 6402(i) of such Code, as so redesignated, is amended by striking “or (e)” and inserting “, (e), or (f)”.

(d) Effective date.—The amendments made by this Act shall apply to refunds payable for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2006.