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Upton, House Vote to Improve IRS

Bipartisan bills come on heels of Tax Day tech meltdown

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined the majority of his colleagues in the U.S. House in voting for H.R. 5445, the 21st Century IRS Act and H.R. 5444, the Taxpayer First Act. Both pieces of bipartisan legislation reform and revamp the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on the heels of the Tax Day tech meltdown.

“On the heels of yesterday’s Tax Day meltdown at the IRS, it’s clear we need to revamp, modernize, and fix what ails the IRS,” said Upton. “These two bipartisan bills will strengthen the IT security of the IRS, protect sensitive taxpayer information, and extend valuable tax tools that help low-and moderate-income Americans. We’ve put a new tax code in place, now is the time for a new approach at the IRS as well, one that puts taxpayers first.”

H.R. 5445 would modernize the IRS information technology (IT) infrastructure and provide additional tools needed to protect taxpayer information and to combat identify theft tax refund fraud. H.R. 5445 is supported by groups such as Citizens Against Government Waste, 60 Plus Association, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, and more.

H.R. 5444 creates an independent appeals process to review taxpayers’ disputes, provides enforcement reforms to rein in the IRS’ abuse of property seizure, and requires the agency to develop a detailed plan on how to redesign its structure by 2020. It also permanently extends the Free File and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Programs – which are valuable tools for low-and moderate-income Americans. H.R. 5444 is supported by groups such as Americans for Tax Reform, the Coalition for Effective and Efficient Tax Administration, the National Foreign Trade Council and more.

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