House Passes Taxpayer Rights Bill

The House, on June 19, 2003, approved the Taxpayer Protection and IRS Accountability Bill of 2003 (HR 1528) by a vote of 252 to 170. The bill seeks to provide a first-time penalty waiver, to expand the availability of installment sales for payment of taxes, and to encourage electronic filing through a filing extension. The bill also seeks to protect taxpayer confidentiality by limiting inspections of return preparers and protecting access to the Taxpayer Advocate. In addition, the bill increases the funding for low-income taxpayer clinics. One much debated provision in the legislation would ease consumer protections on state-run health insurance plans that accept tax credits. It was not immediately clear what action the Senate might take with respect to the legislation.


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