Summary

1/15/2013--Introduced.Protect and Save Act of 2013 - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to disclose tax return information to federal and... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 15, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Jan 15, 2013

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Bill Text

A BILL

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent identity theft and tax fraud, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Protect and Save Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. AUTHORITY TO DISCLOSE RETURN AND RETURN INFORMATION IN FEDERAL AND STATE PROSECUTION LAW ENFORCEMENT.

(a) In General.--Subsection (k) of section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: ``(11) Disclosure of certain return information in connection with identity theft and fraudulent returns.-- ``(A) In general.--In the case of an investigation pertaining to the misuse of the identity of another person for purposes of filing a false or fraudulent return of tax, upon receipt of a written request which meets the requirements of subparagraph (C), the Secretary may disclose return information to officers and employees of any Federal law enforcement agency, or any officers and employees of any State or local law enforcement agency, who are personally and directly engaged in the investigation of any crimes implicated in such misuse, but only if any such law enforcement agency is part of a team with the Internal Revenue Service in such investigation. ``(B) Limitation on use of information.-- Information disclosed under this subparagraph shall be solely for the use of such officers and employees to whom such information is disclosed in such investigation....

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I support H.R. 295 ("To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent identity theft and tax fraud,") because I have been the victimized by tax fraud; and I know the problems it causes.

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BOSUX
CA-51
2 years ago

I support H.R. 295 ("To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent identity theft and tax fraud,") because...The Federal ID number was never intended to be used outside the IRS. With high unemployment, identity theft and tax fraud is on the increase. We should do everything reasonable possible to protect itentity of tax payers and their private info of income, and tax refunds. The best way would be to replace the income tax with a consumption tax such as FairTax HR25. No more need of 1099's, W-2's or tax filings on April 15 for identity theft and tax fraud. We should eliminate 16th amendment when FairTax is put into law, and we could save over $12 billion by eliminating the IRS. FairTax is the best answer to protect and save.

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FL
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seedcorn
FL-11
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 295 ("To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent identity theft and tax fraud,") because... ...as a matter of routine from this point forward, I shall OPPOSE all proposed legislation containing the term "and other purposes", since there is a high likelihood that such other purposes have no relationship to the summarized intent of said legislation; and, in the absence of the full text of the proposed legislation, such other purposes cannot be ascertained.

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pinkysbrain
FL-21
2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/15/2013--Introduced.Protect and Save Act of 2013 - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to disclose tax return information to federal and state law enforcement agencies to assist in the investigation of the misuse of the identity of another person for purposes of filing a false or fraudulent tax return, (2) direct the Commissioner of Internal Revenue to establish within the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) the position of Local Law Enforcement Liaison to coordinate the investigation of tax fraud with state and local law enforcement agencies, and (3) make permanent the authority of the Secretary to disclose tax return information to federal and state prison officials to prevent the filing of false or fraudulent tax returns by prison inmates. Requires the Secretary of the Treasury to: (1) implement an identity theft tax fraud prevention program; and (2) review whether current tax laws and regulations related to the confidentiality and disclosure of tax return information prevent the effective enforcement of federal, state, and local identity theft statutes. Requires the Comptroller General (GAO) to conduct a study and report on: (1) the role of prepaid debit cards and commercial tax preparation software in facilitating fraudulent tax returns through identity theft, and (2) the role e-filing and electronic tax returns play in either facilitating or preventing fraudulent tax returns through identity theft. Prohibits the Secretary of Commerce from disclosing information contained on the Death Master File relating to a deceased individual to persons who are not certified to access such information. Requires the head of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to submit a detailed plan to Congress on how information obtained from the IRS will be used to reduce prison tax fraud.

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