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Introduced in Senate (02/03/2015)


114th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 344


To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to equalize the excise tax on liquified petroleum gas and liquified natural gas.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 3, 2015

Mr. Bennet (for himself and Mr. Burr) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance


A BILL

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to equalize the excise tax on liquified petroleum gas and liquified natural gas.

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

SECTION 1. Equalization of excise tax on liquefied petroleum gas and liquefied natural gas.

(a) Liquefied petroleum gas.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Subparagraph (B) of section 4041(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking “and” at the end of clause (i), by redesignating clause (ii) as clause (iii), and by inserting after clause (i) the following new clause:

“(ii) in the case of liquefied petroleum gas, 18.3 cents per energy equivalent of a gallon of gasoline, and”.

(2) ENERGY EQUIVALENT OF A GALLON OF GASOLINE.—Paragraph (2) of section 4041(a) of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(C) ENERGY EQUIVALENT OF A GALLON OF GASOLINE.—For purposes of this paragraph, the term energy equivalent of a gallon of gasoline means, with respect to a liquefied petroleum gas fuel, the amount of such fuel having a Btu content of 115,400 (lower heating value).”.

(b) Liquefied natural gas.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Subparagraph (B) of section 4041(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended by subsection (a)(1), is amended by striking “and” at the end of clause (ii), by striking the period at the end of clause (iii) and inserting “, and” and by inserting after clause (iii) the following new clause:

“(iv) in the case of liquefied natural gas, 24.3 cents per energy equivalent of a gallon of diesel.”.

(2) ENERGY EQUIVALENT OF A GALLON OF DIESEL.—Paragraph (2) of section 4041(a) of such Code, as amended by subsection (a)(2), is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(D) ENERGY EQUIVALENT OF A GALLON OF DIESEL.—For purposes of this paragraph, the term energy equivalent of a gallon of diesel means, with respect to a liquefied natural gas fuel, the amount of such fuel having a Btu content of 128,700 (lower heating value).”.

(3) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.—Section 4041(a)(2)(B)(iii) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as redesignated by subsection (a)(1), is amended—

(A) by striking “liquefied natural gas,,” and

(B) by striking “peat), and” and inserting “peat) and”.

(c) Effective Date.—The amendments made by this section shall apply to any sale or use of fuel after March 31, 2015.