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house Bill H.R. 5444

Modernizing the IRS With the Taxpayer First Act

Argument in favor

This commonsense, bipartisan bill would modernize the IRS for the first time in decades by improving the independent appeals process, taxpayers services, and enforcement.

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04/18/2018
It appears that this may be something actually productive, since it has bipartisan support. I am sure that if this same legislation was proposed by a Democrat, it would be shot down immediately. This demonstrates that one side can actually work with the other side.
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IllWill's Opinion
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04/18/2018
Overall, this seems to be a very good bill that actually reforms the IRS instead of just trying to dismantle it. I think these reforms will definitely help bring the IRS into the 21st century.
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Ryan's Opinion
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04/18/2018
The IRS and the tax system has needed a drastic overhaul for years. This system should be made as consumer friendly as possible while making sure that the system is safe and secure for Americans to use. In an era where we are concerned about the bloating of the federal bureaucracy, the IRS making their systems more tech friendly would help ensure that they keep focused on efficiency.
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Argument opposed

Lawmakers in Congress from both sides of the aisle should leave the IRS alone, it may not be perfect but there’s no need for this sweeping of a modernization.

RickShaw's Opinion
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04/18/2018
The Bill allows the sharing of personal data with “partners”. The IRS should never be allowed to share personal data.
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Erin's Opinion
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04/18/2018
No because of the sharing of information and analysis with third party partners. I prefer to have my private, personal information stay that way. Did we learn nothing from the Experian data breach?
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Jim's Opinion
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04/18/2018
NO, pass the Fair Tax-Abolish the IRS and repeal the 16th amendment forever.
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    It appears that this may be something actually productive, since it has bipartisan support. I am sure that if this same legislation was proposed by a Democrat, it would be shot down immediately. This demonstrates that one side can actually work with the other side.
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    The Bill allows the sharing of personal data with “partners”. The IRS should never be allowed to share personal data.
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    No because of the sharing of information and analysis with third party partners. I prefer to have my private, personal information stay that way. Did we learn nothing from the Experian data breach?
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    NO, pass the Fair Tax-Abolish the IRS and repeal the 16th amendment forever.
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    Overall, this seems to be a very good bill that actually reforms the IRS instead of just trying to dismantle it. I think these reforms will definitely help bring the IRS into the 21st century.
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    The IRS and the tax system has needed a drastic overhaul for years. This system should be made as consumer friendly as possible while making sure that the system is safe and secure for Americans to use. In an era where we are concerned about the bloating of the federal bureaucracy, the IRS making their systems more tech friendly would help ensure that they keep focused on efficiency.
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    I cannot support the sharing of my information with third parties.
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    Close the IRS.
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    The sharing of taxpayer info is s bad idea.
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    Sorry, but I have to give information to the IRS that I would greatly prefer not to share. I am strongly opposed to having my privacy violated even further by no longer having the right to their discretion.
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    I’m all for the IRS being modernized however, Enforcement at IRS is plenty strong. Why does it need to be made stronger? What are they going to do, go back to mid-evil times, put people having trouble paying in big bird cages, locking them in and letting them starve to death so the birds can pick the meat off their bones? I mean seriously, just what do they want in way of enforcement for what is supposed to be a strictly voluntary system?
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    Politicians modernizing the IRS and they can not even balance the budget. The people who created the problem now want to fix it? Balance the budget like the rest of us try to do that are not on the dole!
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    I do not want my personal information shared with anyone without my express permission on a case-by-case basis. Are our elected officials too stupid to understand that, or are they just too beholden to their corporate johns?
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    If you want REAL tax reform, then support the FairTax and ban the IRS completely!
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    A tax bill by a republican from Kansas?! No thanks. They destroyed their state economy with their garbage tax laws.
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    Its the "fear" of sharing information that makes the decision clear. No sharing allowed. Some things should be kept private!
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    No sharing of personal information with 3rd parties.
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    The IRS should never be allowed to share information with “partners”.
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    I'm impressed by John Lewis' positive comments about the bi-partisan process of putting this act together. The IRS has been hampered by archaic equipment for decades-- if it was archaic years ago, it's extra archaic now, and needs to move into this century.
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    Stop selling our data! We know what you’re doing!!! Cut this out!
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