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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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    This bill puts the burden on the taxpayer to file earlier in some cases when most 1099 misc may not even be available to the end of February. I like the idea of less fraudulent activity of course but I don't see how this bill can limit fraud by establishing a point of contact for a victim. Good intention, unnecessary legislation.
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    There should be better safety standards to keep this from happening, even if the culprits are punished.
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    This is a growing problem that needs to be dealt with. This is a start
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    Seems like a no brainer. I don't love adding more to the tax return process for the average American, but it's important to protect citizens from fraud
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    Yes the IRS should prevent fraud by at least comparing your returns and when you file. A private entity would be held to a much higher standard. Government jobs and offices shouldn't be rewarded for inefficiency with more infrastructure to abuse.
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    Glad this is being done.
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    Biggest change in bill to change taxpayer id's from social security #'s to another taxpayer is. IRS could do this now. Legislation is redundant and set up to make you think Congress is doing something useful, when it isn't.
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    Florida is the fraud capital of the country. We need to be proactive in the fight against it.
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    Had my ss# stolen - 3rd year in a row a fake return was filed for me. Never know until I file my own return. Now they have my 14 yr old's ss#. What a nightmare!
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    This is a simple bill, and a no-brainer, it seems. Vote yea.
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    there should be better penalties for these rats
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    It should be easier to recover from tax fraud
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    Strengthen the computer systems from hackers. This needs to be done outside the government. We all know they can't do it.
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    And make identity theft a federal crime. Too many U.S. citizens are being harmed by this crime.
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    How about a flat tax instead, getting our personal lives out of the federal government view.
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    Having friends who have had false claims filed under their names, I know how irritating and convoluted the process can be to set things right. It's obvious that as the system stands now, crimes will only become more prevalent as criminals find new ways to exploit digital systems.
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    If we really need an act of Congress to get the IRS to prosecute identity thieves, then by all means, let's act. I'd think they would have been pursuing identity thieves all along, though.
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    Go to a flat tax and abolish the IRS
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    The US needs a chip based and encrypted version of the Social Security number and card. The security of the American Citizen's identity needs to be protected with the most modern technology available.
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    And better control over how your information is used, shared, and stored should be addressed.
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