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house Bill H.R. 5445

21st Century IRS Act: Modernizing Technology & Preventing Identity Theft at the IRS

Argument in favor

This commonsense, bipartisan bill would overhaul the IRS so that the agency can make better use of technology in collecting taxes while improving identity protections for taxpayers.

KansasTamale's Opinion
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04/18/2018
It’s about time. And the IRS isn’t the only area of government that needs upgrading. That’s partly how the Russians hacked our election so easily.
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Marylynn's Opinion
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04/18/2018
I can't believe this hasn't been done yet!!!! It would seem that our government agencies that hold all our vital information are far behind the times and I'm sick of it. Yet our lawmakers are still doing little or nothing about it. What the hell are we paying these useless do nothings for? The news this morning stated that there's a glitch in the IRS system and could delay processing
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Jason's Opinion
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04/18/2018
I’m not saying this is a bad idea. I’m just wondering where it was ten years ago.
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Argument opposed

There’s no need to modernize the technology used by the IRS or expand consumer protections. If taxpayers don’t know how to use a fax machine that’s their own problem.

Walter's Opinion
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04/18/2018
I have a better idea. Pass the Fair Tax, dissolve the IRS. Don’t waste money on new technology for this band of robbers.
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Gloria's Opinion
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04/18/2018
There are a couple of things which bother me about this bill. First, the entire government needs to be secured against the theft of computerized information, not just the IRS. This all needs to be thought through more carefully and given more direct and comprehensive funding than some user fees. Second, I am not sure what kind of public/private partnership is being proposed here but, truthfully, the government needs to guard against the intrusion of private interests into government business and the business of our citizens. This whole thing needs a lot more work before it becomes law.
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OlderNWiser's Opinion
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04/18/2018
Having just read that Mitch McConnell blocked protecting Robert Mueller, and noticing the Orwellian misnaming of most legislation from Republicans, I am leery about what is hidden. Knowing how many seniors and how many poor people have to pay to use library computers, and how the poor work several jobs cobbled together, often on call, the electronic requirement bothers me as arduous for them. Sounds good. What’s the catch?
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What is House Bill H.R. 5445?

This bill — the 21st Century IRS Act — would seek to modernize technology at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and protect the identity of taxpayers. It would codify recent IRS efforts aimed at combating identity theft tax refund fraud through public-private partnerships, require the IRS to develop an internet portal allowing taxpayers to file 1099 Forms beginning in 2020, and allow the IRS to directly accept credit and debit card payments for taxes (as long as the taxpayer pays the fee).

The bill would also authorize the IRS to develop an automated system to request transcripts under the Income Verification Express Service (IVES) system. To cover the costs of developing it, the IRS would be authorized to assess and collect a separate user fee over a two-year period on all IVES requests.

The Treasury Department (which oversees the IRS) would be required to work with private industry to find ways to utilize new payment platforms and increase the amount of tax refunds delivered electronically.

Impact

Taxpayers; and the IRS.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5445

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI) introduced this bill to modernize technology at the IRS and protect taxpayers’ identities:

“This is an issue that hits home for me because I’ve seen the devastation identity theft can inflict on a family or small-business owner. It’s been two decades since Congress has considered legislation to overhaul the IRS, and we all understand the rapid changes our technology has experienced during this timeframe. The 21st Century IRS Act takes meaningful action to address this problem by providing the IRS much-needed tools to strengthen taxpayer protections and bringing IRS technology out of the 20th century.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) added:

“As a former tech CEO, I was astounded to learn that the IRS is still using fax equipment to conduct regular business and has IT systems still running from the 1960s. It is long past time for the IRS to enter the digital age. The 21st Century IRS Act will enhance IRS security measures to keep taxpayers safe from fraud and give hardworking Americans more peace of mind. It will also make it easier for people to submit tax forms online while easing burdens on small businesses.”

This legislation passed the House Ways and Means Committee on a voice vote and has the support of five cosponsors, including four Republicans and one Democrat.


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Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

21st Century IRS Act

Official Title

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve cybersecurity and taxpayer identity protection, and modernize the information technology of the Internal Revenue Service, and for other purposes.

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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed April 18th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 414 Yea / 3 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedApril 10th, 2018

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    It’s about time. And the IRS isn’t the only area of government that needs upgrading. That’s partly how the Russians hacked our election so easily.
    Like (41)
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    I have a better idea. Pass the Fair Tax, dissolve the IRS. Don’t waste money on new technology for this band of robbers.
    Like (35)
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    There are a couple of things which bother me about this bill. First, the entire government needs to be secured against the theft of computerized information, not just the IRS. This all needs to be thought through more carefully and given more direct and comprehensive funding than some user fees. Second, I am not sure what kind of public/private partnership is being proposed here but, truthfully, the government needs to guard against the intrusion of private interests into government business and the business of our citizens. This whole thing needs a lot more work before it becomes law.
    Like (20)
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    Share
    Having just read that Mitch McConnell blocked protecting Robert Mueller, and noticing the Orwellian misnaming of most legislation from Republicans, I am leery about what is hidden. Knowing how many seniors and how many poor people have to pay to use library computers, and how the poor work several jobs cobbled together, often on call, the electronic requirement bothers me as arduous for them. Sounds good. What’s the catch?
    Like (19)
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    I can't believe this hasn't been done yet!!!! It would seem that our government agencies that hold all our vital information are far behind the times and I'm sick of it. Yet our lawmakers are still doing little or nothing about it. What the hell are we paying these useless do nothings for? The news this morning stated that there's a glitch in the IRS system and could delay processing
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    I’m not saying this is a bad idea. I’m just wondering where it was ten years ago.
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    We must update our institutions. Don’t be cheap congress, spend on the future.
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    Seems like common sense things to want for the protectors of our money and financial information.
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    I’m always in favor of the government updating their technology to make life more convenient for everyone. It’s time to actually bring the IRS and many other government agencies into the modern age.
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    I cannot believe we are even asking this question after the proof that Russia essentially, and LITERALLY hacked the US election process in 2016. I literally cannot believe we are even having to DISCUSS
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    Efficiency is key. The basis of government should be helping all citizens.
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    What have you been waiting for?
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    How about we rid of the IRS, and we force the government to spend much less than it receives. Revenue is not an issue in America, it's government spending that's out of control.
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    A professor in California has tax software that makes it simple to file but Intuit and H & R Block have stopped it from being used. We need to modernize the system so we don't spend days doing our taxes.
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    If you have ever have your identity stolen it is horrible, fight against it. Tax time is the worst.
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    I’m wary about public private partnerships but there’s a lot of goods in this bill. I just worry about a Republican Congress “modernizing” the IRS when all they want to do is demolish it for their rich donors.
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    I would really have to think about this. 1. A Republican has introduced it, and we all know how much Republicans know about modern technology. 2. This may be a way of protecting Trump's tax returns from being released. For now I vote Nay.
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    The IRS is still using technology from the 60’s and identity theft and criminals preparing and stealing our tax returns is at an all time high. It will just get worse if we don’t bite the bullet and do some sensible and modernizing upgrades now.
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    We must give government the tools to continue to operate effectively and with reasonable efficiency lest private entities intrude with promises of 'fixing' the system, only to end up rigging the system in their favor. Government needs to work for the people, not just big corporations.
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    The IRS is out of date--still using fax machines for sending private data?
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