Amending Internal Revenue Code to Mollify Taxation of Arrow Components

By:  Paul Ryan
Date: Dec. 6, 2004
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 5394) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the taxation of arrow components.



Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the subject of H.R. 5394, the bill under consideration.

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Wisconsin?

There was no objection.

Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

(Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin. Mr. Speaker, I briefly just want to describe what this bill does.
I, along with the gentleman from Utah (Mr. MATHESON), introduced H.R. 5394, which will correct an unintended new tax on arrows. The American Jobs Creation Act closed the loophole that allowed imported arrows to avoid the excise tax paid on domestically produced arrows. Unfortunately, the IRS identified an unintended consequence that will require 8,000 retailers to collect and remit a small part of this excise tax.

The provision of this bill designed to protect the double taxation of arrows inadvertently moves the incidence of a very small part of the tax on arrows from manufacturers to retailers. This language will require every retailer to determine the difference between the tax paid on the components that they buy and the tax due on arrows that they assemble and sell. Therefore, 8,000 retailers will be required to file and remit the excise tax quarterly for an amount of about $100,000.

Clearly, Congress did not intend to impose a new tax on thousands of small businesses and retailers. This legislation fixes that. It amends the archery excise provision to impose a flat fee on the first sale of all arrow shafts. This legislation protects thousands of retailers by keeping the incidence of the tax on manufacturers, not on retailers; treats domestic and foreign manufacturers equally; and protects the Federal Aid in Wildlife Fund.

Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.


Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

I first want to just thank my colleague from North Dakota, a wonderful State I have enjoyed hunting in, and his archers, I think, will be pleased with his support today.

We are finally getting this thing fixed. We thought the tax experts figured it out the last time. That was not necessarily the case. We have got this fix in place. So, again, we are not going to be pushing jobs overseas. We are not going to be draining precious resources from the Pittman-Robertson Fund. We are fixing that loophole.


Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin. Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.

The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion offered by the gentleman from Wisconsin (Mr. Ryan) that the House suspend the rules and pass the bill, H.R. 5394.

The question was taken; and (two-thirds having voted in favor thereof) the rules were suspended and the bill was passed.

A motion to reconsider was laid on the table.

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