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house Bill H.R. 744

Identity Theft: Increasing Protections and Punishments

Argument in favor

Provides greater resources for an ever-increasing societal issue. Greater protections for businesses and nonprofits.

Argument opposed

Allocates Department of Justice resources away from other issues. Can be effectively managed by individual states.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed September 8th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
    IntroducedFebruary 15th, 2013

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What is House Bill H.R. 744?

Would make the prosecution of tax return identity theft a greater congressional priority and would strengthen penalties against identity thieves. Notably, the bill would expand the definition of identity theft victim to include not only individuals but also businesses and nonprofit organizations and increase imprisonment of convicted identity thieves from five to up to twenty years.  


Would shift Department of Justice resources while providing greater federal protections to individual, corporate, and nonprofit identity theft victims.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 744

The CBO estimates no significant impact on the federal budget. Would result in a reallocation of DOJ resources, but not an increase to the DOJ's budget.


STOP Identity Theft Act of 2014

Official Title

To provide effective criminal prosecutions for certain identity thefts, and for other purposes.

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