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Introduced in Senate (03/23/2021)


117th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 905


To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit certain expenses associated with obtaining or maintaining recognized postsecondary credentials to be treated as qualified higher education expenses for purposes of 529 accounts.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 23, 2021

Ms. Klobuchar (for herself, Mr. Braun, Mrs. Feinstein, Ms. Baldwin, Ms. Duckworth, and Mr. Manchin) 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 permit certain expenses associated with obtaining or maintaining recognized postsecondary credentials to be treated as qualified higher education expenses for purposes of 529 accounts.

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 “Freedom To Invest in Tomorrow's Workforce Act”.

SEC. 2. Certain career training and credentialing expenses treated as qualified higher education expenses for purposes of 529 accounts.

(a) In general.—Section 529(e)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

“(C) CERTAIN CAREER TRAINING AND CREDENTIALING EXPENSES.—

“(i) IN GENERAL.—The term ‘qualified higher education expenses’ includes—

“(I) tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for the enrollment or attendance of an individual in a recognized postsecondary credential program, or any other expense incurred in connection with enrollment in or attendance at a recognized postsecondary credential program if such expense would, if incurred in connection with enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution, be covered under subparagraph (A), and

“(II) fees required to obtain or maintain a recognized postsecondary credential, including testing and other fees required by the organization issuing the recognized postsecondary credential as a condition of maintaining or obtaining the credential.

“(ii) RECOGNIZED POSTSECONDARY CREDENTIAL PROGRAM.—For purposes of this subparagraph, the term ‘recognized postsecondary credential program’ means a program to obtain a recognized postsecondary credential if such program is included on a list prepared under section 122(d) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act or meets the training or educational prerequisites to qualify an individual to take an examination developed or administered by an organization widely recognized as providing reputable credentials in the occupation, where such examination is required to obtain or maintain a recognized postsecondary credential.

“(iii) RECOGNIZED POSTSECONDARY CREDENTIAL.—For purposes of this subparagraph, the term ‘recognized postsecondary credential’ means—

“(I) a recognized postsecondary credential, as such term is defined in section 3(52) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 3102) (but an industry-recognized credential shall be for a program for which a provider is eligible under section 122 of that Act (29 U.S.C. 3152)), including a credential from a certificate or certification program that is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the American National Standards Institute, or

“(II) any other postsecondary credential recognized for purposes of this subparagraph under regulations or guidance provided by the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor.”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendment made by this section shall apply to expenses paid or incurred in taxable years beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act.


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