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house Bill H.R. 3832

Keeping Identity Thieves From Stealing Tax Refunds

Argument in favor

The IRS needs to take steps to ensure that criminals aren’t stealing taxpayers’ identities and fraudulently claiming tax refunds. This bill gives them a framework to protect taxpayers.

05/16/2016
If the IRS can't even protect itself, how is it going to be able to protect anyone else?
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operaman's Opinion
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05/16/2016
My niece recently was notified that she had her identity stolen by the IRS. I have had mail stolen from our mailbox and neighbors have had their mailbox destroyed by Mail thieves. When my wife reported the missing mail, the USPS recommend renting a PO box. Very helpful. Local TV news showed videos of UPS and FedEx packages being stolen. Local, state and federal laws are broken, but when have you witnessed a capture or persecution of a mail thief? RARELY. it would cost the government time and taxpayers money to investigate and incurring budget problems. Let's bring back the laws of the early West. Catching, trial and sentenced in one day. Like the Emerson commercial states, "problem solved." And that tree in the town center solved many nasty problems.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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05/16/2016
Last thing we need are identity thieves stealing from the government too.
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Argument opposed

It's unlikely that this bill will actually be able to prosecute larger numbers of identity thieves and criminals who fraudulently misappropriate taxpayer information.

Alex's Opinion
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05/16/2016
The IRS is never going to do anything good. It needs to be replaced, not given more responsibility.
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pgshpak's Opinion
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05/16/2016
Congress doesn't have $10 million dollars.
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Nathan 's Opinion
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05/16/2016
in a way, this bill would increase the scope of the IRS who is already expanding around the country to local operations. Much of the bill mimics responsibilities already delegated. The IRS is also already preventing 70% of fraudulent claims, so the increased scope seems unnecessary.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Finance
  • The house Passed May 16th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedOctober 26th, 2015

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    If the IRS can't even protect itself, how is it going to be able to protect anyone else?
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    The IRS is never going to do anything good. It needs to be replaced, not given more responsibility.
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    My niece recently was notified that she had her identity stolen by the IRS. I have had mail stolen from our mailbox and neighbors have had their mailbox destroyed by Mail thieves. When my wife reported the missing mail, the USPS recommend renting a PO box. Very helpful. Local TV news showed videos of UPS and FedEx packages being stolen. Local, state and federal laws are broken, but when have you witnessed a capture or persecution of a mail thief? RARELY. it would cost the government time and taxpayers money to investigate and incurring budget problems. Let's bring back the laws of the early West. Catching, trial and sentenced in one day. Like the Emerson commercial states, "problem solved." And that tree in the town center solved many nasty problems.
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    Last thing we need are identity thieves stealing from the government too.
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    Congress doesn't have $10 million dollars.
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    We American citizens pay our taxes for various reasons to assist with the stimulation of our economy, public resources, education, our safety/for law enforcement, the national debt, social security, and an abundant amount more. As Americans we pay our tax dollars to be invested in the economy not invested in a cold hearted thief. All these individuals want to do is promote greed and demonize American economic values. The federal government must take immediate and an increase in enforcement to diffuse issues such as these matters. It's imperative that fraud cases are reduced to leave a bright future for generations to come. Taxes are payed, and transferred to the federal government in which they must invest the money into the economy to regulate occupational opportunities for the tremendous amount of the unemployed. Oh and I beg of you to please not say that the unemployment rate is a miniature amount, ITS A CRUMBLING/ DISASTROUS MATTER AND YOU KNOW IT, DONT DENY IT. The bottom line is the federal government and especially our new commander in chief must bring innovative legislation and enforcement to Washington to fulfill some key aspects of our economy. Such examples resembles this deceitful little community known as Identity thieves.
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    Rep. Renacci gives us 5.2 billion reasons for passing this bill: According to a study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), identity thieves received $5.2 billion in fraudulent tax refunds from the IRS in 2013, although the IRS did prevent or recover over $24 billion in attempted refund fraud. http://renacci.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=1957C1F9-9EAF-4974-9D95-5CAF74DA4A2B
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    Yes, but in the meantime, just use Al Sharpton's tax info and you can run a 2 Million Dollar tab with impunity!
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    Identity theft should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
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    in a way, this bill would increase the scope of the IRS who is already expanding around the country to local operations. Much of the bill mimics responsibilities already delegated. The IRS is also already preventing 70% of fraudulent claims, so the increased scope seems unnecessary.
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    We need to restructure the IRS, at the very least! If not, we need to implement an entirely new system that is modernized and capable of handling any--let alone MORE--responsibilities. The purpose of this bill is respectable, but misguided in how it seeks to prevent identity theft through tax fraud
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    I'm all for stopping any form of theft. Perhaps the IRS should start by disbanding.
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    Unfortunately, I expect them to actually release personal information even as they try to safeguard it. They are inept and corrupt. Eliminate them after changing the tax codes.
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    Abolish the IRS. Implement a much less lengthy and confusing policy, with few (if Any) loopholes.
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    This bill would require the costly steps of setting up new IRS branches to fight identity theft, while such service are already privately available and very efficient.
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    Fraud is a huge crime that is on the rise, we need to make fraud more preventable in any way possible. We are losing billions due to fraud, and we must stop it to the best of our ability.
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    stealing is bad???
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    The IRS has sensitive information on every taxpayer. There has been news of people's data being compromised. I feel like in order for the public to keep trusting them with that info they should ramp up their preventative measures.
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    I work in the finacial sector. These protections already exist and do no good.
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    They have the information, it can be stolen. They should protect it.
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