Bipartisan IRS Reform Bill Introduced

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The House and Senate have introduced bipartisan measures to modernize the Internal Revenue Service, improve taxpayer services, and strengthen taxpayer protections. The measure, entitled the Taxpayer First Act of 2019, was introduced in the Senate by Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR). In the House the measure was introduced by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who chairs the Oversight Subcommittee on the House Ways and Means Committee.

The House legislation has already received 12 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle.

Senator Grassley explained in a press release that the bill:

Senator Wyden voiced support for the legislation in the press release noting, “There’s no federal agency Americans interact with more than the IRS, and it’s critical that it be reformed and modernized to better serve taxpayers. Our bill would strengthen tax-preparation services for low-income Americans, improve agency technology and better protect taxpayers’ personal data. This legislation has strong bipartisan support and I’m hopeful it will be passed without delay.”

The House Ways and Means Committee advanced the legislation by voice vote today. Senator Grassley has indicated that so much work has already been done on building support for the bill that he may not need to bring it up in the Senate Finance Committee at all. Instead, the Senator may request it be brought directly to the Senate floor for a vote.

Senator Grassley also released a section by section analysis of the legislation which can be found here.

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