WASHINGTON -- The Senate Finance Committee tonight unanimously
approved comprehensive legislation overhauling the Internal Revenue Service by a
vote of 20 - 0.
"Tonight we have scored a victory for all American taxpayers," stated Senate
Finance Committee Chairman William V. Roth, Jr. (R-DE). "This bill is a direct
response to the thousands of Americans have contacted my office over the past year
with their concerns about the IRS. Congress has heard you, and we are
The legislation will:
- Give the IRS oversight board that was created in the House bill oversight over law enforcement and collection activities with limited 6103 authority to carry out that responsibility.
- Make the Taxpayer Advocates office independent of the Agency to ensure that they represent the interest of the taxpayer.
- Give the Commissioner the statutory authority he needs to restructure the agency.
- Hold IRS employees accountable for their actions by requiring the IRS to terminate employees who commit perjury, falsify documents, or violate the rules to retaliate against a taxpayer.
- Ensure that innocent spouses are responsible only for their own tax liability.
- Suspend interest and certain penalties when the IRS does not provide appropriate notice to a taxpayer within one year after a return is filed.
- Ensure due process in collections activities.
A list of the modifications approved by the Committee is attached.