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Introduced in House (02/12/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 609

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal fossil fuel subsidies for large oil companies.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 12, 2013

Mr. Blumenauer (for himself, Mr. Markey, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Conyers, Ms. Pingree of Maine, Ms. Norton, Ms. McCollum, Mr. DeFazio, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. Nadler, Ms. DeLauro, Mr. Moran, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Polis, Ms. Tsongas, Mr. Langevin, Ms. Lee of California, Mr. Quigley, Mr. Cicilline, Ms. Speier, Mr. Van Hollen, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Welch, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Honda, Mrs. Capps, and Mr. Waxman) 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 repeal fossil fuel subsidies for large oil companies.

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 “End Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Amortization of geological and geophysical expenditures.

(a) In general.—Subparagraph (A) of section 167(h)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking “major integrated oil company” and inserting “covered large oil company”.

(b) Covered large oil company.—Paragraph (5) of section 167(h) of such Act is amended by redesignating subparagraph (B) as subparagraph (C) and by inserting after subparagraph (A) the following new subparagraph:

“(B) COVERED LARGE OIL COMPANY.—For purposes of this paragraph, the term ‘covered large oil company’ means a taxpayer which—

“(i) is a major integrated oil company, or

“(ii) has gross receipts in excess of $50,000,000 for the taxable year.

For purposes of clause (ii), all persons treated as a single employer under subsections (a) and (b) of section 52 shall be treated as 1 person.”.

(c) Conforming amendment.—The heading for paragraph (5) of section 167(h) of such Code is amended by inserting “and other large taxpayers”.

(d) Effective date.—The amendments made by this section shall apply to amounts paid or incurred in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2013.

SEC. 3. Producing oil and gas from marginal wells.

(a) In general.—Section 45I of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(e) Exception for taxpayer who is not small, independent oil and gas company.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Subsection (a) shall not apply to any taxpayer which is not a small, independent oil and gas company for the taxable year.

“(2) AGGREGATION RULE.—For purposes of paragraph (1), all persons treated as a single employer under subsections (a) and (b) of section 52 shall be treated as 1 person.”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to credits determined for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2013.

SEC. 4. Enhanced oil recovery credit.

(a) In general.—Section 43 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(f) Exception for taxpayer who is not small, independent oil and gas company.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Subsection (a) shall not apply to any taxpayer which is not a small, independent oil and gas company for the taxable year.

“(2) AGGREGATION RULE.—For purposes of paragraph (1), all persons treated as a single employer under subsections (a) and (b) of section 52 shall be treated as 1 person.”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendments made by this section shall apply to amounts paid or incurred in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2013.

SEC. 5. Intangible drilling and development costs in the case of oil and gas wells.

(a) In general.—Subsection (c) of section 263 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new sentence: “This subsection shall not apply to amounts paid or incurred by a taxpayer in any taxable year in which such taxpayer is not a small, independent oil and gas company, determined by deeming all persons treated as a single employer under subsections (a) and (b) of section 52 as 1 person.”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendment made by this section shall apply to amounts paid or incurred in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2013.

SEC. 6. Percentage depletion.

(a) In general.—Section 613A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(f) Exception for taxpayer who is not small, independent oil and gas company.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—This section and section 611 shall not apply to any taxpayer which is not a small, independent oil and gas company for the taxable year.

“(2) AGGREGATION RULE.—For purposes of paragraph (1), all persons treated as a single employer under subsections (a) and (b) of section 52 shall be treated as 1 person.”.

(b) Conforming amendment.—Section 613A(c)(1) of such Code is amended by striking “subsection (d)” and inserting “subsections (d) and (f)”.

(c) Effective date.—The amendment made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2013.

SEC. 7. Tertiary injectants.

(a) In general.—Section 193 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(d) Exception for taxpayer who is not small, independent oil and gas company.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Subsection (a) shall not apply to any taxpayer which is not a small, independent oil and gas company for the taxable year.

“(2) EXCEPTION FOR QUALIFIED CARBON DIOXIDE DISPOSED IN SECURE GEOLOGICAL STORAGE.—Paragraph (1) shall not apply in the case of any qualified tertiary injectant expense paid or incurred for any tertiary injectant that is qualified carbon dioxide (as defined in section 45Q(b)) which is disposed of by the taxpayer in secure geological storage (as defined by section 45Q(d)).

“(3) AGGREGATION RULE.—For purposes of paragraph (1), all persons treated as a single employer under subsections (a) and (b) of section 52 shall be treated as 1 person.”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendment made by this section shall apply to expenses incurred after December 31, 2013.

SEC. 8. Passive activity losses and credits limited.

(a) In general.—Paragraph (3) of section 469(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(C) EXCEPTION FOR TAXPAYER WHO IS NOT SMALL, INDEPENDENT OIL AND GAS COMPANY.—

“(i) IN GENERAL.—Subparagraph (A) shall not apply to any taxpayer which is not a small, independent oil and gas company for the taxable year.

“(ii) AGGREGATION RULE.—For purposes of clause (i), all persons treated as a single employer under subsections (a) and (b) of section 52 shall be treated as 1 person.”.

SEC. 9. Income attributable to domestic production activities.

(a) In general.—Section 199 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(e) Exception for taxpayer who is not small, independent oil and gas company.—Subsection (a) shall not apply to the income derived from the production, transportation, or distribution of oil, natural gas, or any primary product (within the meaning of subsection (d)(9)) thereof by any taxpayer which for the taxable year is an oil and gas company which is not a small, independent oil and gas company.”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendment made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2013.

SEC. 10. Prohibition on using last-in, first-out accounting for major integrated oil companies.

(a) In general.—Section 472 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(h) Major integrated oil companies.—Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, a major integrated oil company (as defined in section 167(h)) may not use the method provided in subsection (b) in inventorying of any goods.”.

(b) Effective date and special rule.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2013.

(2) CHANGE IN METHOD OF ACCOUNTING.—In the case of any taxpayer required by the amendment made by this section to change its method of accounting for its first taxable year beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act—

(A) such change shall be treated as initiated by the taxpayer,

(B) such change shall be treated as made with the consent of the Secretary of the Treasury, and

(C) the net amount of the adjustments required to be taken into account by the taxpayer under section 481 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 shall be taken into account ratably over a period (not greater than 8 taxable years) beginning with such first taxable year.

SEC. 11. Modifications of foreign tax credit rules applicable to dual capacity taxpayers.

(a) In general.—Section 901 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by redesignating subsection (n) as subsection (o) and by inserting after subsection (m) the following new subsection:

“(n) Special rules relating to dual capacity taxpayers.—

“(1) GENERAL RULE.—Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, any amount paid or accrued by a dual capacity taxpayer to a foreign country or possession of the United States for any period with respect to combined foreign oil and gas income (as defined in section 907(b)(1)) shall not be considered a tax to the extent such amount exceeds the amount (determined in accordance with regulations) which would have been required to be paid if the taxpayer were not a dual capacity taxpayer.

“(2) DUAL CAPACITY TAXPAYER.—For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘dual capacity taxpayer’ means, with respect to any foreign country or possession of the United States, a person who—

“(A) is subject to a levy of such country or possession, and

“(B) receives (or will receive) directly or indirectly a specific economic benefit (as determined in accordance with regulations) from such country or possession.”.

(b) Effective date.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxes paid or accrued in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2013.

(2) CONTRARY TREATY OBLIGATIONS UPHELD.—The amendments made by this section shall not apply to the extent contrary to any treaty obligation of the United States.