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S. 912 (115th): Tax Filing Simplification Act of 2017

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About the bill

The average American takes 13 hours to file their taxes. In Estonia, it takes an average of five minutes.

This week is everybody’s least favorite of the year, because taxes are due. Although seemingly nobody likes the current tax filing system, is the best way to improve the status quo by adding more private-sector or public-sector involvement to the process? Two rival bill ideas, one in the House and one in the Senate, would take nearly opposite approaches to changing the system.


Currently, most people use such private companies and computer services as TurboTax or H&R; Block to prepare their tax filings — which, needless to say, costs a lot of money. According to some estimates, each taxpaying household spends about the equivalent of a full week …

Sponsor and status

Elizabeth Warren

Sponsor. Senator for Massachusetts. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 24, 2017
Length: 9 pages
Apr 24, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 24, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

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).


11 Cosponsors (10 Democrats, 1 Independent)



Apr 24, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 912 (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.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 912. 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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