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H.R. 2905: Justice for Victims of IRS Scams and Identity Theft Act of 2017

This was a vote to pass H.R. 2905 in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.R. 2905 will require the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury to report to Congress on efforts to combat identity theft, including by persons purporting to be acting on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service.

A sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has occurred in recent years. Callers claim to be IRS employees, using fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. Some callers know personal information about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a gift card or wire transfer. Victims may be threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. Victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information. If the phone isn't answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.

Source: Republican Policy Committee

Totals

All Votes R D
Yea 94%
 
 
403
219
 
184
 
Nay 1%
 
 
3
2
 
1
 
Not Voting 5%
 
 
23
15
 
8
 

Date: Apr 18, 2018

Question: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House

Required: 2/3

Result: Passed

Source: house.gov

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