IRS building in Washington. IRS building in Washington.

The full House on Wednesday passed a package of bills to redesign the Internal Revenue Service, ushering in, among other measures, identity theft protections for taxpayers.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, stated after the bills passed that “a new tax code calls for a new tax administrator, and we have worked together so that the IRS can be transformed into an agency with a singular mission: ‘taxpayer first.’”

With the package, Brady added, “we are taking a monumental step in redesigning the IRS for first time in 20 years, refocusing the agency to live up to its mission of quality service, and reining in its enforcement powers to prevent future abuse.”

The House Ways and Means Committee unanimously approved on April 11 the package of bills intended to enhance customer service, improve the IRS’ outdated IT infrastructure and modernize the appeals process.

Brady said he hoped the Senate considers the measures soon.

The bills to IRS redesign that were passed by the House include:

H.R. 5444 – The Taxpayer First Act; H.R. 5445– The 21st Century IRS Act; H.R. 2901– Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Permanence Act of 2017; H.R. 5440 – To require notice from the Secretary of the Treasury in the case of any closure of a Taxpayer Assistance Center; H.R. 5438 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow employees of the IRS and the Department of the Treasury to provide taxpayers information on low-income taxpayer clinics; H.R. 5446 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to restrict the immediate sale of seized property by Secretary of the Treasury to perishable goods; H.R. 5437 – To require the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a program for the issuance of identity protection personal identification numbers upon request; H.R. 5439 – To provide for a single point of contact at the Internal Revenue Service for taxpayers who are victims of tax-related identity theft; and H.R. 5443 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require electronic filing of the annual returns of exempt organizations and provide for making such returns available for public inspection.

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