LaMalfa Votes to Reform the IRS

Apr 18, 2018
Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed two bipartisan bills to reform operations at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). H.R. 5444, the Taxpayer First Act, shifts power in the appeals process back to the taxpayer and H.R. 5445, the 21st Century IRS Act, will strengthen IT security systems at the agency.
LaMalfa said: “The annual hassle of filing taxes is something that no one looks forward to, and yesterday’s website outage at the IRS made things even more complicated than usual. While that type of issue is an outlier, the agency has demonstrated plenty of shortcomings through the years in regards to efficiency and treating taxpayers fairly – most notably the political targeting scandal a few years ago. The IRS has clearly lost its way and is in desperate need of operational reform. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is already having a positive impact on both our economy and the bank accounts of millions of Americans – and an even greater impact will be felt this time next year. Now it’s only right to institute greater oversight and transparency at the agency responsible for administering our tax code.”
H.R. 5444, the Taxpayer First Act:
  • Creates an independent appeals process so that taxpayers know they are being treated fairly when resolving a dispute with the agency.
  • Ensures the taxpayer has the same information as the IRS.
  • Requires the IRS to submit to Congress a plan to redesign the structure of the agency to improve efficiency.
  • Ensures the taxpayer has an official notice of audit before the IRS contacts family, friends, or neighbors.
  • Changes the head of the IRS from a Commissioner to an Administrator so the agency never loses sight of its duty – to administer our Tax Code.  
H.R. 5445, the 21st Century IRS Act, seeks to modernize the IRS and improve the ease and efficiency of the taxpayer experience by codifying the roles and responsibilities of the IRS Chief Information Officer and requiring annual IT strategic planning in order to strengthen accountability. This bill will also seek to make electronic tax submissions simpler.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.