Protecting Us From IRS Abuse: Roskam Bill Passes House

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Protecting Us From IRS Abuse: Roskam Bill Passes House

Jun 15, 2016

Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act. The bill eliminates the requirement for churches, charities and other non-profit groups to disclose confidential donor information to the IRS.

U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam, the bill’s author, released the following statement:

“Today the House took an important step on our continued march to rein in the IRS and protect taxpayers.

“We voted to eliminate a confidential form the IRS proved incapable of securing. The agency has said it doesn’t even need this form for tax administration in the first place. Either one of these facts should be reason enough to eliminate an onerous regulation. In this case, we have both.

“I’m glad to see my colleagues embrace the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act and look forward to working with Senator Tim Scott on his companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.”

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, House Majority Whip:

“IRS abuse of personal information isn’t hypothetical—report after report from independent watchdogs have documented the IRS’s long history as an agency plagued by abuse, incompetence and gross mismanagement. The bill we just passed in the House ensures that no personal information is given to the IRS that could be used to target its political enemies. I commend Rep. Peter Roskam for his work to establish an IRS free from partisan politics, and we will continue to fight for the protection of privacy, free speech and conservative values.”

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