House of Representatives Passes Seven Bills to Reform IRS

In March, the House of Representatives passed seven bills designed to reform the Internal Revenue Service.

Many of them addressed concerns over the so-called scandalous issues created by IRS’ scrutiny of tax-exempt organizations and protracted email searches involving former IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner.

Here’s a brief summary of the bills:

  1. H.R. 1152 would prevent IRS employees from using personal email accounts to conduct official IRS business;
  2. H.R. 1295 would amend the Internal Revenue Code to expedite IRS’ processing of tax-exempt applications within 60 days;
  3. H.R. 1314 would amend the Internal Revenue Code to provide taxpayers with an administrative appeal within IRS should IRS deny tax-exempt status;
  4. H.R. 1026 would require IRS to disclose to a taxpayer whether the taxpayer was under current IRS investigation and whether the investigation was ongoing or closed;
  5. H.R.709 would require termination of an IRS employee upon proof that the employee took or withheld official action for political purposes;
  6. H.R. 1104 would allow income tax deductions for gifts made to tax-exempt organizations; and
  7. H.R. 1058 that would codify into law the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (discussed by the author in his article dated April 9, 2015.

Although these bills were passed by the House of Representatives, the Senate must also enact comparable bills and finalize them for signature by the President.  As of this date, it is not known whether President Obama will sign or veto them.

Stay tuned.

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