New Law Authorizes IRS Disclosure of Taxpayer Information in Missing Children Investigations

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President Obama on June 30 signed into law 0 the bipartisan Recovering Missing Children Act (HR 3209). The bill allows the IRS to share tax return information with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to aid in investigations involving missing or exploited children.

The Senate approved HR 3209 on June 16 by unanimous consent (TAXDAY, 2016/06/21, C.1). The bill passed the House on May 10 (TAXDAY, 2016/05/11, C.1).

The new law adds missing children cases to the current list of exceptions that authorize the IRS’s release of tax return information. According to Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., author of the bill, a government study found that providing tax return information “could result in case-breaking information in 46 percent of missing children investigations.” The changes made under the new law applies to disclosures made after June 30, 2016.

By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News Staff

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