S. 2242, The Heartland, Habitat, Harvest, and Horticulture Act of 2007
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An original bill to amend the Trade Act of 1974 to establish supplemental agricultural disaster assistance and to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives for conservation and alternative energy sources and to provide tax relief for farmers.
Heartland, Habitat, Harvest, and Horticulture Act of 2007 - Amends the Trade Act of 1974 to establish a program of supplemental agricultural disaster assistance and an Agricultural Disaster Relief Trust Fund to make payments to farmers and ranchers for certain losses incurred in disaster areas.
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) allow tax credits for various conservation-related expenditures, including habitat protection easements and restoration, wetlands reserve conservation, and working grassland protection: (2) make permanent the special rule for tax deductions of capital gain real property for conservation purposes; and (3) allow a tax deduction for expenditures related to certain species recovery plans approved under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
Provides for the issuance of tax-exempt forest conservation bonds to nonprofit organizations to acquire forest lands for conservation purposes.
Allows a tax deduction for up to 60% of gains from certain sales or exchanges of timber. Sets forth rules for the tax treatment of timber real estate investment trusts (REITs).
Allows new tax credits for qualified small wind energy property expenditures for residential heating purposes, for the production of cellulosic biomass alcohol used as fuel, and for fossil free alcohol. Extends through 2012 the small ethanol and small agri-biodiesel producer tax credits.
Extends tariff duties on ethanol until January 1, 2011.
Extends through 2010: (1) the tax credit for biodiesel and renewable diesel used as fuel; (2) the tax credit for alternative fuel vehicle refueling property expenditures; and (3) the alternative fuel and alternative fuel mixture excise tax credit and refund provisions.
Increases the maximum loan limit on small issue agricultural bonds for first-time farmers.
Allows new tax credits for holders of rural renaissance bonds, for agricultural chemical and pesticide security, for safety and effectiveness testing expenses for new animal drugs intended for use in a minor species, and for the purchase of qualified energy efficient motors that meet or exceed certain energy efficiency standards.
Places limits on the deductibility of farming losses for taxpayers receiving agriculture program payments or loans from the Commodity Credit Corporation.
Limits the deductibility of fines and penalties paid to a governmental entity for violations of law.
Increases penalties for failure to file certain informational tax returns.
Sets forth rules for the application of the economic substance doctrine to transactions affecting tax liability. Imposes penalties for underpayments of tax attributable to transactions lacking economic substance.
Status of the Legislation
Latest Major Action: 10/25/2007: Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 446.
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