Modernizing the IRS and Protecting Taxpayers
Every year at this time, millions of Americans are filing their tax returns, and it’s our job to ensure that as the criminals get smarter, the IRS has the resources they need to protect taxpayers’ identities. This week, the House of Representatives passed two bipartisan bills I helped introduce to do just that. These two pieces of legislation are part of a group of bills passed in the House this week to modernize the IRS.
As a former tech CEO, I was astounded to learn that the IRS is still using fax equipment to conduct regular business and has IT systems still running from the 1960s. Clearly, it is long past time for the IRS to enter the digital age. I helped introduce the 21st Century IRS Act to enhance IRS security measures to keep taxpayers safe from fraud and give hardworking Americans more peace of mind. The bill also makes it easier for people to submit tax forms online while easing burdens on small businesses.
I also helped introduce the IP PIN Act, which would expand the IRS’ Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) program. This bipartisan bill is an important step toward making sure that come filing time, American families can get their returns processed without learning that a thief has already done it for them and stolen their money and identity.
The package of bills passed today is a critical first step, but much more work remains. The IRS for many years now has not had the funding or expertise to properly serve taxpayers in the modern age, and I will keep working with my colleagues to address these issues. If you ever need assistance in dealing with the IRS or another federal agency or department, please don’t hesitate to contact my Bothell office at (425) 485-0085.
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