H.R. 5036 (111th): Autofill Act of 2010

111th Congress, 2009–2010. Text as of Apr 15, 2010 (Introduced).

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111th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5036

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 15, 2010

(for himself and Mr. Quigley) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

A BILL

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a program to populate downloadable tax forms with taxpayer return information.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Autofill Act of 2010.

2.

Automated partially pre-populated tax returns

(a)

In general

Chapter 77 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to miscellaneous provisions) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

7529.

Automated partially pre-populated tax returns

(a)

Establishment of program

The Secretary shall establish a program under which taxpayers may download forms relating to the individual income tax returns that are populated with return information reported to the Secretary under chapter 61 and reported to the Secretary pursuant to section 232 of the Social Security Act.

(b)

Requirements relating to information

(1)

Deadline for making information available

The Secretary shall make such return information available under the program established under subsection (a) not later than 15 days after the Secretary receives such information.

(2)

Format of information made available

Return information shall be made available under the program established under subsection (a) in both a printable document file suitable for manual completion and filing and in a computer-readable form suitable for use by automated tax preparation software.

(c)

Autofill service deadlines

(1)

Standards

Not later than October 31, 2010, the Secretary shall—

(A)

establish standards for data download to tax preparation software, and

(B)

provide a demonstration server for downloading the partially populated printable document file.

(2)

Tax forms

Not later than February 15, 2011, and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall provide on the Secretary’s Web site a secure function that allows a taxpayer to download, as both a printable document file and in a form suitable for input to automatic tax preparation software, the 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ forms that are populated with information with respect to the taxpayer that is reported under chapter 61 or any other provision of this title under which reporting of information is required.

(d)

Taxpayer responsibility

Nothing in this section shall be construed to absolve the taxpayer from full responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of his return of tax.

(e)

Disclaimer

Before any form can be downloaded under the program established under subsection (a), taxpayer must acknowledge that—

(1)

the taxpayer is responsible for the accuracy of his return, and

(2)

all information provided in the downloadable form under such program needs to be verified.

(f)

Information provided for wage and self-Employment income

For purposes of subsection (a)—

(1)

Information related to calendar year 2010

In the case of information relating to wages paid, and amounts of self-employment income, for calendar year 2010 required to be provided to the Commissioner of Social Security under section 205(c)(2)(A) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 405(c)(2)(A)), the Commissioner shall, using best efforts, make such information available to the Secretary not later than January 31, 2011.

(2)

Information related to calendar year 2011 and thereafter

In the case of information relating to wages paid, and amounts of self-employment income, for any calendar year after 2010 required to be provided to the Commissioner of Social Security under section 205(c)(2)(A) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 405(c)(2)(A)), the Commissioner shall make such information available to the Secretary not later than the January 31 of the calendar year following the calendar year to which such wages and self-employment income relate.

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(b)

Filing deadline for information returns

Subsection (b) of section 6071 of such Code is amended to read as follows:

(b)

Information returns

Returns made under part III of this subchapter shall be filed on or before January 31 of the year following the calendar year to which such returns relate. Section 6081 shall not apply to returns under such part III.

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(c)

Conforming amendment to Social Security Act

Subparagraph (A) of section 205(c)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 405(c)(2)) is amended by adding at the end the following new sentence: The table of sections for chapter 77 of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new item:For purposes of the preceding sentence, the Commissioner shall require that information relating to wages paid, and amounts of self-employment income, be provided to the Commissioner not later than January 31 of the year following the calendar year to which such wages and self-employment income relate.

(d)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections for chapter 77 of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

Sec. 7529. Automated partially pre-populated tax returns.

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(e)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to returns for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2009.