Ways and Means Committee Releases Bipartisan IRS Overhaul Package

By:
Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Apr 11, 2018
IRS

The House Ways and Means Committee released a package of bills that, if passed, would enact the first major overhaul of the IRS since 1998, following a discussion draft released last month. The bills in the package include: 

  • * H.R. ____, “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modernize and improve the Internal Revenue Service, and for other purposes.”
  • * H.R. ____, “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve cybersecurity and taxpayer identity protection, and modernize the information technology of the Internal Revenue Service, and for other purposes.”
  • * H.R. 2901, “Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Permanence Act of 2017”
  • * H.R. 5440, “To require notice from the Secretary of the Treasury in the case of any closure of a Taxpayer Assistance Center.”
  • * H.R. 5438, “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow officers and employees of the Department of the Treasury to provide to taxpayers information regarding low-income taxpayer clinics.”
  • * H.R. ____, “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to restrict the immediate sale of seized property by Secretary of the Treasury to perishable goods.”
  • * H.R. 5437, “To require the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a program for the issuance of identity protection personal identification numbers.”
  • * H.R. 5439, “To provide for a single point of contact at the Internal Revenue Service for the taxpayers who are victims of tax-related identity theft.”
  • * H.R. ____, “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require electronic filing of the annual returns of exempt organizations and provide for making such returns available for public inspection.”

“Throughout this process over the past year and a half, we have kept one singular mission in mind: ensuring that the taxpayer comes first. These bipartisan bills take a giant leap forward in redesigning an agency that all Americans deal with throughout their lifetime. By enhancing customer service, improving the IRS’s vastly outdated IT infrastructure, and modernizing the appeals process, we are confident these bills will improve the taxpayer experience," said a joint statement by House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA), Oversight Chairman Jenkins, and Oversight Ranking Member Lewis. 

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