What Tax Administration Watchdogs Are Saying about Legislation to Redesign IRS

April 12, 2018 — Blog   

This week the House Ways and Means Committee unanimously passed a package of nine bills that will redesign the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), enhance customer service, improve the IRS’s vastly outdated IT infrastructure, and modernize the appeals process.

Tax administration watchdogs, small business lenders, and conservative leaders all agree that these bills will put the taxpayer first. Here is what some of these groups are saying about these important bills:

National Taxpayers Union and Citizens Against Government Waste: 

“This bipartisan effort is opening a new and vital chapter in the history of improving tax administration, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) management, government efficiency, and taxpayer rights. The package of bills advancing through the committee contains numerous elements that our organizations have enthusiastically supported, whether working independently or in coalition.”

Taxpayers Protection Alliance:

“In particular, we applaud Congress for trying to improve cybersecurity, taxpayer identity protection, and modernizing information technology at the IRS. Other critical aspects of this bill include establishing a program for the issuance of identity protection personal identification numbers and providing for a single point of contact at the IRS for taxpayers victimized by tax-related identity theft.” 

Marketplace Lending Association:

“This bill will boost our economy by ensuring a more seamless and secure verification system for key data sources. If this bill passes, small businesses that are seeking capital will have a much better chance to qualify for transparent, low cost financial options.”

Aspen Institute:

“Mandatory Form 990 e-filing, coupled with the release of the forms as open, machine readable data, will benefit the public and the nonprofit sector, while strengthening tax administration and law enforcement.”

Electronic Transactions Association: 

“I…support, specifically, the language in the package that requires a study of how the government can utilize new payment platforms to increase the number of tax refunds paid by electronic funds transfer and a subsequent report to Congress on this and other related topics.”

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