H. R. 1825
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 18, 2019
Mr. LaHood (for himself and Mr. Suozzi) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modernize the Office of the National Taxpayer Advocate.
This Act may be cited as the
Improving Assistance for Taxpayers Act.
Modernizing the Office of the National Taxpayer Advocate
Section 7803(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
Taxpayer Advocate Directives
In the case of any Taxpayer Advocate Directive issued by the National Taxpayer Advocate pursuant to a delegation of authority from the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service—
the Commissioner or a Deputy Commissioner shall modify, rescind, or ensure compliance with such directive not later than 90 days after the issuance of such directive, and
in the case of any directive which is modified or rescinded by a Deputy Commissioner, the National Taxpayer Advocate may (not later than 90 days after such modification or rescission) appeal to the Commissioner and the Commissioner shall (not later than 90 days after such appeal is made) ensure compliance with such directive as issued by the National Taxpayer Advocate or provide the National Taxpayer Advocate with a detailed description of the reasons for any modification or rescission made or upheld by the Commissioner pursuant to such appeal.
Report to certain committees of Congress regarding directives
Section 7803(c)(2)(B)(ii) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by redesignating subclauses (VIII) through (XI) as subclauses (IX) through (XII), respectively, and by inserting after subclause (VII) the following new subclause:
identify any Taxpayer Advocate Directive which was not honored by the Internal Revenue Service in a timely manner, as specified under paragraph (5);