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H.R. 5444 (115th): Taxpayer First Act

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About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 5444 makes numerous changes to reorganize the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in an attempt to focus the agencies efforts more on taxpayer service. Specifically, the bill does the following:

  • Creates an independent appeals process to improve the dispute resolution process within the agency.
  • Requires the IRS to submit to Congress a comprehensive plan to improve its customer service strategy, based on best practices from the private sector.
  • Requires the IRS to maintain the IRS Free File Program that provides free individual income tax preparation and electronic filing services ...

Sponsor and status

Lynn Jenkins

Sponsor. Representative for Kansas's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Apr 19, 2018
Length: 93 pages
Introduced
Apr 10, 2018
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Status
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on April 18, 2018 but was never passed by the Senate.

Source

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Shea-Porter Supports Bipartisan Legislation to Improve IRS
    — Rep. Carol Shea-Porter [D-NH1, 2017-2018] on Apr 18, 2018

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - April 20, 2018
    — Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP0] on Apr 23, 2018

Reichert, House Take First Steps in Reforming the IRS
    — Rep. David Reichert [R-WA8, 2005-2018] on Apr 18, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform: SpendingTracker.org estimates H.R. 5444 will save $51 million through 2028.

History

Apr 10, 2018
 
Introduced

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Apr 11, 2018
 
Ordered Reported

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Apr 13, 2018
 
Reported by House Committee on Ways and Means

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Apr 18, 2018
 
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 5444 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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

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