IRS Reform Bill Approved by Congress

June 18, 2019

Congress recently voted to approve an IRS reform bill, the Taxpayer First Act, which will now be sent to President Donald Trump for his signature. The approved bill does not contain language from an earlier version that would have codified the IRS’ Free File program.

The bill establishes an Independent Office of Appeals within the IRS to help resolve federal tax issues without litigation. A new Chief of Appeals position will report directly to the IRS commissioner. The resolution process afforded by this office is to be generally available to all taxpayers.

Additionally, the bill requires the IRS to develop a comprehensive customer service strategy and plan to redesign the organization of the IRS to prioritize issues including taxpayer services and cybersecurity.

For details on these and other key provisions of the bill, click here.