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Text of the STOP Identity Theft Act of 2014

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on September 8, 2014 but was never passed by the Senate. The text of the bill below is as of Sep 9, 2014 (Placed on Calendar in the Senate).

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Calendar No. 555

113th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 744

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 9, 2014

Received; read twice and placed on the calendar

AN ACT

To provide effective criminal prosecutions for certain identity thefts, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Stopping Tax Offenders and Prosecuting Identity Theft Act of 2014 or the STOP Identity Theft Act of 2014 .

2.

Use of Department of Justice resources with regard to tax return identity theft

(a)

In general

The Attorney General should make use of all existing resources of the Department of Justice, including any appropriate task forces, to bring more perpetrators of tax return identity theft to justice.

(b)

Considerations To be taken into account

In carrying out this section, the Attorney General should take into account the following:

(1)

The need to concentrate efforts in those areas of the country where the crime is most frequently reported.

(2)

The need to coordinate with State and local authorities for the most efficient use of their laws and resources to prosecute and prevent the crime.

(3)

The need to protect vulnerable groups, such as veterans, seniors, and minors (especially foster children) from becoming victims or otherwise used in the offense.

3.

Victims of identity theft may include organizations

Chapter 47 of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in section 1028

(A)

in subsection (a)(7), by inserting (including an organization) after another person; and

(B)

in subsection (d)(7), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by inserting or other person after specific individual; and

(2)

in section 1028A(a)(1), by inserting (including an organization) after another person.

4.

Identity theft for purposes of tax fraud

Section 1028(b)(3) of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (B), by striking or at the end;

(2)

in subparagraph (C), by inserting or after the semicolon; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(D)

during and in relation to a felony under section 7206 or 7207 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;

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5.

Reporting requirement

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Attorney General shall submit to the Committees on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives and the Senate a report that contains the following information:

(1)

Information readily available to the Department of Justice about trends in the incidence of tax return identity theft.

(2)

Recommendations on additional statutory tools that would aid in the effective prosecution of tax return identity theft.

(3)

The status on implementing the recommendations of the Department’s March 2010 Audit Report 10–21 entitled The Department of Justice’s Efforts to Combat Identity Theft.

Passed the House of Representatives September 8, 2014.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk

September 9, 2014

Received; read twice and placed on the calendar