The Taxpayer First Act of 2019, which would redesign the Internal Revenue Service, passed the full House on Tuesday.
The legislation, H.R. 1957, which passed the House Ways & Means Committee on April 2, has bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress.
Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, stated after the vote that “with a new tax code, it is time for a new tax administrator. I applaud the House for passing the Taxpayer First Act — a bold step to redesign the IRS to be an agency with one singular mission: putting taxpayers first.”
The bill refocuses the “agency to live up to its mission of serving taxpayers, overhauling the IRS’ tools of enforcement, and strengthening the IRS’ ability to proactively combat identity theft and fraud,” Brady said.
Brady encouraged “swift action” in the Senate in order to send this legislation to the president’s desk this year.
“Provisions in this bill protect low- and moderate-income taxpayers, create sensible enforcement reforms, and ensure the IRS provides taxpayers and small businesses the assistance they deserve,” House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., said upon committee passage. “The commonsense, much-needed reforms in this legislation will modernize the IRS and rightfully prioritize taxpayers.”
Among the bill’s 45 changes to the IRS includes creating an independent appeals process, strengthening the IRS’ ability to proactively combat identity theft tax refund fraud, and improving the taxpayer experience across the IRS’ suite of taxpayer services.