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S. 3599: Ban IRS Biometrics Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 8, 2022 (Introduced).


II

117th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3599

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 8 (legislative day, February 3), 2022

(for himself, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Cruz, Ms. Ernst, Mr. Braun, Mr. Tuberville, Mr. Hawley, and Mr. Rubio) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from requiring taxpayers to provide biometric information.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Ban IRS Biometrics Act.

2.

Taxpayer biometric information

(a)

In general

Chapter 77 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

7531.

Taxpayer biometric information

(a)

In general

The Secretary shall not, as a condition of filing any return, paying any tax, or receiving any service provided by the Internal Revenue Service, including accessing the taxpayer's own information, require any taxpayer to provide biometric information.

(b)

Biometric information

For purposes of this section, the term biometric information means information regarding any measurable physical characteristic or personal behavioral trait used to recognize the identity, or verify the claimed identity or location, of an individual, including facial images, fingerprints, and iris scans.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections for chapter 77 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

Sec. 7531. Taxpayer biometric information.

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(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to filings and transactions in taxable years ending on or after December 31, 2021.

(d)

Safe disposal of collected information

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Treasury (or such Secretary's delegate), in consultation with the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, shall develop a plan for the safe and secure destruction and disposal of any biometric information (as defined in section 7531(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as added by this section) collected or used by the Internal Revenue Service or any third-party vendor on behalf of such Service before the date of the enactment of this Act.