|BECERRA & BINGAMAN INTRODUCE TAXPAYER BILL OF RIGHTS ACT|
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Representative Xavier Becerra (CA-31), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, today introduced the Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2012 in the House of Representatives. Senator Jeff Bingaman (NM), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced an identical companion bill in the Senate. Rep. Becerra and Senator Bingaman have long worked together to champion the rights of taxpayers, particularly those with modest incomes.
"The Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act will help improve taxpayer services for all of America’s working families,” Rep. Becerra said. “By clarifying taxpayer rights and responsibilities, increasing access to competent and professional tax preparation services, and improving taxpayer interaction with the IRS, this legislation helps enhance the ability of taxpayers to meet their obligations."
"This bill requires IRS to inform Americans of their basic rights as taxpayers, such as the right to receive assistance and the right to appeal IRS decisions. It also lends support to preparation services, like Tax Help New Mexico, which helps thousands of taxpayers in our state file returns," said Bingaman.
Among its widely supported provisions, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act would:
Nina Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate, praised the Becerra-Bingaman bill:
"The Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2012 incorporates many proposals I have made and would substantially benefit our nation's taxpayers," Olson sad. "It would establish a simple statement of taxpayer rights and obligations, confirm congressional support for regulating tax return preparers, protect taxpayers from unwarranted lien-filings that can destroy their financial viability and impair their future tax compliance, expand programs for low income taxpayers, and require the IRS to conduct studies designed to deliver refunds more quickly and thereby reduce the market for expensive refund-related products."