Apr 07 2022
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Rice (R-S.C.) today introduced the Simplify, Don’t Amplify the IRS Act to combine multiple transparency, efficiency, and commonsense bills that the IRS should embrace to deliver more value for the American taxpayer.
“The IRS was intended to serve as a non-partisan organization to collect America’s taxes. President Biden supports regressive tax policies that weaponize the agency to target hard-working taxpayers and conservative organizations. Further, the current Administration champions overreaching reporting requirements that have potential to harm main street banks and taxpayers everywhere,” said Congressman Tom Rice, House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Ranking Member. “Before giving the IRS a dime of new funding, they must begin serving the best interest of American taxpayers. The legislation I introduced today, alongside Senator Braun, reforms the IRS and ensures they will act in good faith and accountability to the taxpayers who fund them.”
“The IRS has a terrible track record when it comes to being good stewards of taxpayer money, protecting highly sensitive personal information, and targeting conservative organizations. The IRS doesn’t need more power. It needs to be reformed to ensure that it serves the best interest of the American people," said Senator Mike Braun
The bill contains the following reforms:
- S. 730, Let States Cut Taxes Act which removes provision from American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that prohibits states from cutting taxes should they take supplemental funding from the federal government.
- S. 1777, Don’t Weaponize the IRS Act which codifies the Trump administration rule that protects groups regardless of their political ideology or beliefs and prevents the IRS from doxing donors to these groups
- S. 2132, IRS Customer Service Improvement Act which prohibits agency employees from engaging in taxpayer-funded union time during tax filing season.
- S. 2222, Protect Taxpayers Privacy Act which increases the penalty for releasing private taxpayer information and makes it easier for the IRS to terminate employees found responsible.
- S. 2721, Tax Gap Reform and IRS Enforcement Act which requires tax gap estimates from the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), prohibits IRS targeting of audits and establish of new bank reporting requirements and creates an IRS enforcement fellowship pilot program to assist with the agency’s most complex audits and case selection decisions.
- S. 3221, IRS Improper Payments Act which codifies a 2009 administration rule to increase Federal agencies’ accountability for reducing billions in improper payments via tax credits while continuing to ensure that Federal programs serve and provide access to intended beneficiaries.
Congressman Tom Rice introduced this legislation today in companion to legislation introduced by Senator Mike Braun (R-I.N.)’s in the U.S. Senate.