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H.R. 1843 (115th): Restraining Excessive Seizure of Property through the Exploitation of Civil Asset Forfeiture Tools Act

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 1843 would limit the Internal Revenue Service’s civil asset forfeiture authority. To seize funds the IRS believes to have been structured to avoid Bank Secrecy Act reporting requirements, the IRS would have to show probable cause that those funds were derived from an illegal source or connected to other criminal activity. It also would provide procedural protections to people from whom the IRS has seized assets based on allegations of structuring.

Within 30 days of seizing property, the IRS must: (1) make a good faith effort to find all owners of the property, and (2) notify the owners of the post-seizure hearing rights established by this bill. The IRS may apply to a court for one 30-day extension of the notice requirement if it can establish probable cause of …

Sponsor and status

Peter Roskam

Sponsor. Representative for Illinois's 6th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 6, 2017
Length: 6 pages
Mar 30, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on September 5, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


14 Cosponsors (13 Republicans, 1 Democrat)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Roskam calls DOJ abuse of civil asset forfeiture indefensible and shameful
    — Rep. Peter Roskam [R-IL6, 2007-2018] (Sponsor) on Jun 21, 2018

Collins Supports Bill to Curb Civil Asset Seizure by IRS
    — Rep. Doug Collins [R-GA9, 2013-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 5, 2017

On the House Floor This Week - 9/5/17
    — Rep. John K. Delaney [D-MD6, 2013-2018] on Sep 5, 2017

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates new spending due to H.R. 1843 will be negligible.


Mar 30, 2017

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Jul 13, 2017
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Sep 5, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

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Sep 5, 2017
Reported by House Committee on Ways and Means

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H.R. 1843 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1843. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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