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I am currently attempting to draft a bill for an amendment I am trying to have introduced. Within the Definitions section, I am defining a "US Person". Within the USC (26 USC § 7701(a)(30)(A)) a US Person is defined as:

  • a citizen or resident of the United State;
  • a domestic partnership;
  • a domestic corporation;
  • any estate; or
  • or any trust.

For my purpose, I want to defined a "US Person" only as a citizen or resident of the United States, and exclude the rest. So my questions are:

  1. Can I redefine a definition within the bill that is already defined within the USC, or do I need to create a new term and define that?
  2. If I am able to redefine "US Person", should I also include an exclusion for partnerships, corporations, estates and trusts to ensure there is no conflict with USC?
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Can I redefine a definition within the bill that is already defined within the USC

Yes, you can. If you look at the law you cited defining "Person", it even says (emphasis mine):

When used in this title, where not otherwise distinctly expressed

This contemplates that a particular law in that title could distinctly express another definition of that term. The more local term would be the one that controlled.

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  • Thanks for the clarification. – Geppelt May 3 at 16:06

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