CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, the House will begin consideration of H.R. 2531, the Protecting Taxpayers from Intrusive IRS Requests Act, under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on June 27, 2013 by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
H.R. 2531 prohibits the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from asking any taxpayer any question regarding religious, political, or social beliefs. This legislation also establishes the sense of Congress that: 1) any exceptions to this prohibition should identify the specific questions authorized, the class of taxpayers to whom these questions may be asked, and the circumstances under which they may be asked; and 2) if the IRS Commissioner determines that asking any class of taxpayers a prohibited question would aid in the efficient administration of the tax laws, they must provide a report that includes the question in the form it will be asked, describes the class of taxpayers to whom the question is would be asked, and describes the circumstances that would be required to exist before the question would be asked.
H.R. 2531 was introduced, along with several other bills, as a response to the large number of scandals related to the IRS, including the targeting of conservative 501(c)(4) organizations applying for tax exempt status. This larger package of bills enumerates a basic Taxpayer Bill of Rights, and prescribes how the IRS should interact with taxpayers moving forward. H.R. 2531 would help by protecting individuals from IRS inquiries based upon their religious, political, or social beliefs.
 Note: The Taxpayer Bill Of Rights package includes: H.Res. 280, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights; H.R. 2530, the Taxpayer Transparency and Efficient Audit Act; H.R. 2531, the Protecting Taxpayers from Intrusive IRS Requests Act; H.R. 2532, the Integrity Restoration Strategy (IRS) Act; and H.R. 2533, the Stop Playing on Citizen’s Cash (SPOCC) Act. See: http://roskam.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/roskam-introduces-taxpayer-bill-of-rights-package
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