A bill that redesigns the Internal Revenue Service looks ready to be signed into law soon, as both the House and Senate re-passed the Taxpayer First Act of 2019 this week.
The Taxpayer First Act of 2019, which has bipartisan support, originally passed the full House on April 2 and included a “free-file” provision prohibiting the IRS from creating a free tax-preparation software and thus competing with the tax-preparation industry. Lawmakers reintroduced a new version of the bill, H.R. 3151, however, that excludes that provision, which the House again passed on Tuesday and the Senate passed on Thursday.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., and ranking member Kevin Brady, R-Texas, released a joint statement Thursday stating that “after years of good-faith, bipartisan work, our IRS reforms are finally going to become law.”
The reforms, they said, “authorize the restructuring of the entire IRS in order to better serve taxpayers. We require the IRS to focus on customer service and reign in some of the agency’s enforcement tools. And we provide the agency with needed tools to bring its IT infrastructure into the 21st century.”
Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said in a separate statement that “Americans interact with the IRS more than any other federal agency.”