House Passage of New Legislation is First Step in Serious IRS Reform and Redesign

Today, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady (R-TX) released the following statement after the House passed the Taxpayer First Act, bipartisan legislation to redesign the Internal Revenue Service for the first time in over two decades:

“With a new tax code, it is time for a new tax administrator.  I applaud the House for passing the Taxpayer First Act – a bold step to redesign the IRS to be an agency with one singular mission: putting taxpayers first.  We are refocusing the agency to live up to its mission of serving taxpayers, overhauling the IRS’s tools of enforcement, and strengthening the IRS’s ability to proactively combat identity theft and fraud.  Good, bipartisan work like the reforms the House passed today should be where Congress’ focus remains, not on a misguided rush to impeachment like many on the Left continue to push.

“This legislation has been years in the making, and I especially want to thank our Oversight Subcommittee leaders Reps. John Lewis and Mike Kelly for their important work on these reforms.  I encourage swift action in the Senate so we can send this legislation to the President’s desk this year.”

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Meanwhile, we have the following from Rep. Mike Kelly (R-TX) had to following to say about the bill’s passage:

Today, Republicans and Democrats set aside their differences and passed legislation together that will greatly benefit U.S. taxpayers. The IRS is one of few federal agencies that Americans, whether they like it or not, will have a constant relationship with throughout their lives. The bill we passed today will make sure that relationship is built on trust rather than fear, and that taxpayers’ rights are safeguarded when they interact with the agency. To protect the integrity of our voluntary tax compliance system, the IRS should be a resource for Americans, not their adversary, said Kelly.

Representatives Mike Kelly, R-Pa. and John Lewis, D-Ga. co-authored the legislation. Kelly, the top Republican on the Oversight Subcommittee, lauded the bipartisan cooperation by members of the Ways and Means Committee over the years to put this legislation together.

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