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house Bill H.R. 2905

Should the DOJ Expedite Reviews of Identity Theft Cases Involving IRS Impersonation?

Argument in favor

Identity theft cases that involve the impersonation of IRS employees are very serious, so the Dept. of Justice should expedite its reviews of such cases.

IllWill's Opinion
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04/17/2018
Yes, but Congress needs to focus on better protecting Americans from all forms of identity theft and not just from IRS impersonators.
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Jennifer 's Opinion
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04/17/2018
Although I’ve lost faith in both the Leadership of the DOJ and FBI, I still believe in the expertise of the rank and file employees. However, I would add, that if it is found that it is a person outside of the USA and or illegal immigrant involved in the identity theft, either/or ICE and DHS should be triggered to escalate the investigation further. Moreover, if someone’s tax refund is taken, it shouldn’t be the IRS’s position (as is current practice), that, “Oh well, too bad for you.” The IRS should have to use interest charges gained on penalties from other transactions to repay the person scammed out of their refund.
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Jeanne's Opinion
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04/18/2018
These crooks are everywhere and there needs to be a crackdown on this type of theft.
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Argument opposed

While identity theft cases involving the impersonation of IRS employees are bad, there’s no need for the Dept. of Justice to expedite reviews of them.

B.R.'s Opinion
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04/17/2018
I don't understand the necessity to expedite cases of fraud and identity theft as it relates to IRS impersonation only. It exists in so many other forums as well, i.e., social security, etc. Would rather see special task force to address them all.
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Mart's Opinion
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04/17/2018
By whom? The FBI? Well, their track record for doing the job objectively has been quite tainted. Who’s gonna watch it?
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Leon's Opinion
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04/17/2018
Why is the DOJ only worried about IRS impersonation vs all Id theft?
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
  • The house Passed April 18th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 403 Yea / 3 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJune 15th, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 2905?

This bill would require the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) to establish procedures to expedite the review of, and seek an indictment in, any case involving identity theft by an individual who impersonates an employee or officer of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The DOJ would be required to submit to Congress and publish a report containing information on the current scams and fraudulent practices, what they’re doing to counter them, and the status of prosecutions for such offenses.

Impact

Victims of tax fraud involving the impersonation of IRS employees; and the IRS.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2905

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. David Young (R-IA) reintroduced this bill to require the DOJ to develop a process for expediting review of identity theft or IRS fraud-related cases referred to them and report to Congress about current scams and fraudulent practices, saying during the last Congress:

“Scams and identity theft are increasingly complex and growing problems, and many folks in Iowa and across the country are at risk of having their identity, bank or credit card numbers, and other personal information stolen. Our bipartisan task force will thoroughly examine the scope of fraud and how best to address it.”

This legislation has the support of one cosponsor, Rep. Krysten Sinema (D-AZ).


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: eric1513 / iStock)

AKA

Justice for Victims of IRS Scams and Identity Theft Act of 2018

Official Title

To require the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury to report to Congress on efforts to combat identity theft, including by persons purporting to be acting on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service, and for other purposes.

    Yes, but Congress needs to focus on better protecting Americans from all forms of identity theft and not just from IRS impersonators.
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    I don't understand the necessity to expedite cases of fraud and identity theft as it relates to IRS impersonation only. It exists in so many other forums as well, i.e., social security, etc. Would rather see special task force to address them all.
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    By whom? The FBI? Well, their track record for doing the job objectively has been quite tainted. Who’s gonna watch it?
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    Although I’ve lost faith in both the Leadership of the DOJ and FBI, I still believe in the expertise of the rank and file employees. However, I would add, that if it is found that it is a person outside of the USA and or illegal immigrant involved in the identity theft, either/or ICE and DHS should be triggered to escalate the investigation further. Moreover, if someone’s tax refund is taken, it shouldn’t be the IRS’s position (as is current practice), that, “Oh well, too bad for you.” The IRS should have to use interest charges gained on penalties from other transactions to repay the person scammed out of their refund.
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    Why is the DOJ only worried about IRS impersonation vs all Id theft?
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    These crooks are everywhere and there needs to be a crackdown on this type of theft.
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    Sure, identity theft needs attention, but a greater crime has been perpetrated on all Americans by our own government and predatory lending by banks. We've made a whole generation of students into indentured servants. We are draining the middle class and lower income workers while cutting taxes for the wealthy. For example, my hardworking son who earned a BS in an environmental field that has suffered cuts and has few jobs, worked all year to make $22k, and was charged $12k in student loan interest. He succeeded in earning a college degree, but now carries huge student debt. After all possible tax deductions still owes $798 in federal taxes on top of the $450 already withheld. That's a high percentage for a young man just starting out in life. I'm having to help pay and I'm 60 years old. I've worked my whole life and payed my debts and contributions for social security. Now because of tax cuts for the wealthy, many of whom grew rich on worker's backs, my golden years are at risk because our social programs are becoming insolvent? What has America become, a slave state? Shame on you who voted for more income inequity.
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    Talk about a broken system, if you have to legislate priorities for a justice system to perform their sworn duties then there is no one being held accountable for not performing their duties. Hence the crux of many of our issues/problems that we are facing today.
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    While identity theft cases involving the impersonation of IRS employees are bad, there’s no need for the Dept. of Justice to expedite reviews of them.
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    The IRS should be disbanded!
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    No, all identity theft should be dealt with expeditiously.
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    Why is this any more important than any other methodology?
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    This is a NO BRAINER!
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    Real solution to the problem : an easily accessible authoritative way for the public to verify IRS agent identities.
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    Isn’t it already illegal to impersonate an IRS, or any federal employee/officer for that matter? Why don’t we use some manpower enforcing laws already on the books instead of spending millions passing a new law that does the same thing?
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    Expedite and investigate all of the lawlessness and corruption in all of the branches and agencies of the federal government swamp why you are at it. Wont you.
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    These scams are already against the law. The government can not protect people from commonsense. The IRS can be required to educate how it co tacts people and to provide a scam line for verification of any unexpected contact by someone claiming to be an employee of the IRS.
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    Good
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    The potential damage to victims is immense and needs to be ameliorated in a timely manner.
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    My tax ID was stolen and I would like to see someone held accountable.
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