Text: H.R.6491 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (12/02/2010)


111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6491


To authorize appropriations for the purpose of establishing an office within the Internal Revenue Service to focus on violations of the internal revenue laws by persons who are under investigation for conduct relating to the promotion of commercial sex acts and trafficking in persons crimes, and to increase the criminal monetary penalty limitations for the underpayment or overpayment of tax due to fraud.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 2, 2010

Mrs. Maloney introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


A BILL

To authorize appropriations for the purpose of establishing an office within the Internal Revenue Service to focus on violations of the internal revenue laws by persons who are under investigation for conduct relating to the promotion of commercial sex acts and trafficking in persons crimes, and to increase the criminal monetary penalty limitations for the underpayment or overpayment of tax due to fraud.

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 “Human Trafficking Fraud Enforcement Act of 2010”.

SEC. 2. Authorization of appropriations for tax law enforcement relating to human trafficking and promotion of commercial sex acts.

(a) Authorization of appropriations.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—There is authorized to be appropriated $4,000,000 for fiscal year 2011 for the purpose of establishing an office within the Internal Revenue Service to investigate and prosecute violations of the internal revenue laws by persons that appear to be engaged in conduct in violation of section 1591(a), section 2421, section 2422, subsection (a), (d), or (e) of section 2423, section 1952, section 1589, section 1590, or section 1351 of title 18, United States Code, or section 1328 of title 8, United States Code, or the laws of any State or territory that prohibit the promotion of prostitution or of any commercial sex act (as such term is defined in section 1591(e)(3) of title 18, United States Code).

(2) AVAILABILITY.—Any amounts appropriated pursuant to the authority of paragraph (1) shall remain available for fiscal year 2011.

(b) Additional funding for operations of office.—Unless specifically appropriated otherwise, there is authorized to be appropriated and is appropriated to the office established under subsection (a)(1) for fiscal years 2011 and 2012 for the administration of such office an amount equal to the amount of any tax under chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (including any interest) collected during such fiscal years as the result of the actions of such office, plus any civil or criminal monetary penalties imposed under such Code relating to such tax and so collected.

(c) Report.—Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Treasury shall report to the Committee of Ways and Means of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Finance of the Senate on the enforcement activities of the office established under subsection (a)(1) and shall include any recommendations for statutory changes to assist in future prosecutions under this section.

(d) Applicability of whistleblower awards to victims of human trafficking.—For purposes of making an award under paragraph (1) or (2) of section 7623(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 with respect to information provided by victims of any person convicted of violating section 1589, section 1590, section 1591(a), section 2421, section 2422, subsection (a), (d), or (e) of section 2423, or section 1952, or section 1351 of title 18, United States Code, or section 1328 of title 8, United States Code, or the laws of any State or territory that prohibit the promotion of prostitution or of any commercial sex act (as such term is defined in section 1591(e)(3)) of title 18, United States Code), the determination of whether such person is described in such paragraph shall be made without regard to paragraph (3) of section 7623(b) of such Code.

SEC. 3. Increase in criminal monetary penalty limitation for the underpayment or overpayment of tax due to fraud.

(a) In general.—

(1) ATTEMPT TO EVADE OR DEFEAT TAX.—Section 7201 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to attempt to evade or defeat tax) is amended—

(A) by striking “Any person” and inserting the following:

“(a) In general.—Any person”, and

(B) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(b) Attempt To evade or defeat tax attributable to human trafficking and commercial sex acts.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—In the case of any attempt to evade or defeat any tax attributable to income derived from an act described in paragraph (2), subsection (a) shall be applied—

“(A) by substituting ‘$500,000 ($1,000,000’ for ‘$100,000 ($500,000’, and

“(B) by substituting ‘10 years’ for ‘5 years’.

“(2) HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND COMMERCIAL SEX ACTS.—For purposes of paragraph (1), an act described in this paragraph is any act which is a violation of section 1591(a), section 2421, section 2422, subsection (a), (d), or (e) of section 2423, section 1952, section 1589, section 1590, or section 1351 of title 18, United States Code, or section 1328 of title 8, United States Code, or the laws of any State or territory that prohibit the promotion of prostitution or of any commercial sex act (as such term is defined in section 1591(e)(3) of title 18, United States Code).”.

(2) WILLFUL FAILURE TO FILE RETURN, SUPPLY INFORMATION, OR PAY TAX.—Section 7203 of such Code (relating to willful failure to file return, supply information, or pay tax) is amended—

(A) in the first sentence—

(i) by striking “Any person” and inserting the following:

“(a) In general.—Any person”, and

(ii) by striking “$25,000” and inserting “$50,000”,

(B) in the third sentence, by striking “section” and inserting “subsection”, and

(C) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(b) Failure To file with respect to tax attributable to human trafficking and commercial sex acts.—In the case of any failure with respect to any tax attributable to income derived from an act described in paragraph (2) of section 7201(b), the first sentence of subsection (a) shall be applied by substituting—

“(1) ‘felony’ for ‘misdemeanor’,

“(2) ‘$500,000 ($1,000,000’ for ‘$50,000 ($100,000’, and

“(3) ‘10 years’ for ‘1 year’.”.

(3) FRAUD AND FALSE STATEMENTS.—Section 7206 of such Code (relating to fraud and false statements) is amended—

(A) by striking “Any person” and inserting the following:

“(a) In general.—Any person”, and

(B) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(b) Fraud and false statements with respect to tax attributable to human trafficking and commercial sex acts.—In the case of any violation of subsection (a) relating to any tax attributable to income derived from an act described in paragraph (2) of section 7201(b), subsection (a) shall be applied—

“(1) by substituting ‘$500,000 ($1,000,000’ for ‘$100,000 ($500,000’, and

“(2) by substituting ‘5 years’ for ‘3 years’.”.

(4) PENALTIES MAY BE APPLIED IN ADDITION TO OTHER PENALTIES.—Section 7204 of such Code (relating to fraudulent statement or failure to make statement to employees) is amended by striking “the penalty provided in section 6674” and inserting “the penalties provided in sections 6674, 7201, and 7203”.

(b) Increase in monetary limitation for underpayment or overpayment of tax due to fraud.—Section 7206 of such Code (relating to fraud and false statements), as amended by subsection (a)(3), is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(c) Increase in monetary limitation for underpayment or overpayment of tax due to fraud.—If any portion of any underpayment (as defined in section 6664(a)) or overpayment (as defined in section 6401(a)) of tax required to be shown on a return is attributable to fraudulent action described in subsection (a), the applicable dollar amount under subsection (a) shall in no event be less than an amount equal to such portion. A rule similar to the rule under section 6663(b) shall apply for purposes of determining the portion so attributable.”.

(c) Effective date.—The amendments made by this section shall apply to actions, and failures to act, occurring after the date of the enactment of this Act.