Taxpayer Bill of Rights  

II. Explanation of the Bill

Title II. Electronic Filing
D. Return-Free Tax System

(Sec. 2004 of the Bill)

Present Law

Under present law, taxpayers generally are required to calculate their own tax liabilities and submit returns showing their calculations.

Reasons for Change

The Committee believes that it would benefit taxpayers to be relieved, to the extent feasible, from the burden of determining tax liability and filing returns.

Explanation of Provision

The provision requires the Secretary or his delegate to study the feasibility of, and develop procedures for, the implementation of a return-free tax system for appropriate individuals for taxable years beginning after 2007. The Secretary is required annually to report to the tax-writing committees on the progress of the development of such system. The Secretary is required to make the first report on the development of the return-free tax system to the tax-writing committees by June 30, 2000.

Effective Date

The provision is effective on the date of enactment.

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