House Passes First Major IRS Reforms in 20 Years, Works to Combat Identity Theft
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that the House passed the first major reforms to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 20 years. The reforms return accountability to the agency and put taxpayers first.
“This Congress not only passed the first major tax reform in nearly 31 years, but now we’re working to pass the first major overhaul of the IRS in nearly two decades,” said Davis. “We voted to modernize the IRS and refocus its purpose on providing quality service and putting taxpayers first.”
Additionally, the House passed 11 bipartisan bills this week that protect consumers, especially children, from identity theft and restore confidence in the IRS.
"Too many people, including children, are victims of having their identity stolen and Americans have lost trust in the IRS to protect their information," Davis said. "We passed legislation to make necessary reforms at the IRS to protect our kids and others from becoming victims of identity fraud. We voted to put more power in the hands taxpayers and take steps to shield them from having their identify compromised and provide justice for those whom the system fails. I'm glad my colleagues on both sides of the aisle could come together to provide common-sense solutions for the American people."
More information about these bills:
H.R. 5192, Protecting Children from Identity Theft Act
Helps prevent children's identity from being stolen from "synthetic ID fraud" by directing the Social Security Administration to accept electronic signatures for consumer consent for financial institutions trying to verify a customer's ID.
H.R. 5445- 21st Century IRS Act
Requires the IRS to improve cybersecurity and identity protection, especially to stop tax refund fraud, and allows more people to file online, including with debit or credit cards.
H.R. 5444- Taxpayer First Act
Restructures the IRS to fit the new, simplified tax code, demands better customer service from IRS officials, and institutes reforms to avoid mistreatment of taxpayers and needless litigation.
H.R. 2905- Justice for Victims of IRS Scams and Identity Theft Act
Establishes procedures to expedite the review of, and seek an indictment in, any case involving identity theft by someone who is impersonating an IRS employee.
Ten additional bills passed under suspension of the rules can be found here.