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house Bill H.R. 3151

Should the IRS Be Modernized to Improve Services for Taxpayers?

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  • EnactedJuly 1st, 2019
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed on a voice vote
  • The house Passed on a voice vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJune 6th, 2019

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Title

Taxpayer First Act

Official Title

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modernize and improve the Internal Revenue Service, and for other purposes.

Summary

Taxpayer First Act This bill revises requirements for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding its organizational structure, customer service, enforcement procedures, cybersecurity and identity protection, management of information technology, and use of electronic systems. The bill includes provisions that establish the IRS Independent Office of Appeals to resolve federal tax controversies without litigation; require the IRS to develop comprehensive customer service and IRS personnel training strategies; exempt certain low-income taxpayers from payments required to submit an offer-in-compromise; modify certain tax enforcement procedures and requirements; establish requirements for responding to Taxpayer Advocate Directives; establish a Community Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Matching Grant Program; require the IRS to give public notice of the closure of taxpayer assistance centers; modify procedures for whistle-blowers; establish requirements for cybersecurity and identity protection; provide notification to taxpayers of suspected identity theft; require the appointment of a Chief Information Officer who shall develop and implement a multiyear strategic plan for IRS information technology needs; modify requirements for managing IRS information technology; expand electronic filing of tax returns; prohibit the rehiring of certain IRS employees who were removed for misconduct; require mandatory e-filing by tax-exempt organizations and notice before revocation of tax-exempt status for failure to file; and increase penalties for failure to file tax returns. The bill also requires the IRS to implement an Internet platform for Form 1099 filings, a fully automated program for disclosing taxpayer information for third-party income verification using the Internet, and uniform standards and procedures for accepting electronic signatures.
    Yes it should, and simplified to eliminate unnecessary loop holes, so that fewer people like Trump and his Oligarchs can evade taxation. When did bankruptcy become a corporate profit center? If you can’t manage a business, and run it honestly, you should find other work.
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    This interferes with the development of the IRS free file system and essentially forces taxpayers to struggle through filing in a impossible system alone or be forced to pay a business to file for them ether electronically or a traditional tax preparer. The fact that we have a whole industry dedicated to taking extra money for something we are forced to do already is BS to start. I shouldn’t have to refile my taxes at all. The government already gets all the information. We the taxpayers shouldn’t have to do a god damn thing and we sure as hell shouldn’t have to pay extra for it. I don’t mind paying my taxes, but I sure as fucking hell mind paying to pay my taxes.
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    Stop giving the rich a free ride. The GOP cuts funding to the IRS every chance it gets and enforcement of our tax laws has been so greatly curtailed that the poor are audited as often as millionaires. It's about time working Americans get equal representation instead of corporations.
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    IRS must be citizen friendly, taxpayer friendly to average taxpayer. IRS must turn over any records requested by the House Ways and Means committee chair. It’s the law.
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    I am definitely pro independent appeals process and court. This reform is long overdue and I cannot really see how it would help the 1% more than those of us on the other end of the spectrum. For those of you who have never had your property seized because of a mixup on a name you have no idea what relief this could bring.
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    Easier would be nice. What would be nicer is if the 1% actually paid their taxes instead of paying accountants to keep them from paying taxes. We don’t really want the rich mans charity. I want him to pay his damn taxes.
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    Modernized and made as less of a shelter for corporate welfare.
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    No, it is past time to end all taxes on wages, labor, capital and gifts-estates. We can replace them with a simple, efficient and visible national retail sales tax. We can provide a monthly tax credit. https://youtu.be/7b7YrxMjsa0 Vote yes on FAIRtax.
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    FUND THE WALL and give citizens safety and security FIRST!
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    Considering how long it is & who is sponsoring it, it can’t be good.
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    It is a handout to tax prep corporations, which weakens oversight and taxpayer recourse, not to mention cost the poor money. This bill was written by lobbyists , and was also passed by the Republican House a couple years ago, but was stopped by the Republican Senate. The fact that the Dems are sponsoring it now, from John Lewis of all people, is merely proof of the corrupt system in which we all live.
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    The CBO estimate is unavailable and we want to put everything on the computers except ballots.....hmmmm.....
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    The IRS has been an agency that we desperately need to move into the 21st century and this bill does a good job moving that process along especially by strengthening the independent appeals process.
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    It should be a truth universally understood that the IRS needs updated rules, regulations, technology, hiring upgrades and employee training and support. The health of our economy depends on appropriate levels of enforcement and fairness in collecting taxes. Bring this essential arm of government UP TO DATE now.
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    Improve services or serve themselves? No thanks.
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    No ! The IRS should be shutdown and replaced with a simple flat tax.
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    NOT BY THIS ADMINISTRATION THEY ONLY KNOW HOW TO SCREW OTHERS & TO FILL THEIR OWN POCKETS. Keep the idea til we get back to the RULE OF LAW.
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    Abolish the IRS our leaders abuse the institution for corruption just like about everything else. WIN Win win 2020
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    It should be abolished.
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    Treasury and IRS need to join the 21st century. Return-free filing would be an excellent start.
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