House Passes Series of Tax Bills

The House, during the week ended April 17, 2015,  passed a series of tax bills:

  • H.R. 622, passed on April 16, would permanently extend the state and local sales tax deduction.
  • H.R. 709, passed on April 15, would permit firing of an IRS employee for any official action undertaken for personal gain or political purposes.
  • H.R. 1026, passed on April 15, would permit the IRS to disclose internal investigations of alleged illegal conduct by IRS employees with respect to tax returns.
  • H.R. 1058, passed on April 15, would statutorily enact a taxpayer bill of rights.
  • H.R. 1104, passed on April 15, would allow tax deductions for gifts to Code Sec. 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5) and 501(c)(6) organizations.
  • H.R. 1105, passed on April 16, would repeal the estate tax.
  • H.R. 1152, passed on April 15, would prohibit IRS employees from using personal email accounts for official business.
  • H.R. 1295, passed on April 15, would revise the procedures used to determine Code Sec. 501(c)(4) exempt status.
  • H.R. 1314, passed on April 15, would allow applicants for tax-exempt status to appeal an IRS rejection of their application.

The Senate is unlikely to take up these bills as stand-alone measures.  Following its customary procedures, the Senate is more likely to consider these measures as part of a larger tax bill later in the year.  The Administration has also issued veto threats against certain of the measures.

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