According to a press release, “the Ways & Means Committee passed H.R. 1957, the Taxpayer First Act of 2019, a bipartisan, bicameral legislation that redesigns the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the first time in more than 20 years to better serve taxpayers.” Oversight Subcommittee Chairman John Lewis (D-GA), Ranking Member Mike Kelly (R-PA), Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX), and bipartisan members of the Oversight Subcommittee introduced the measure.”
“I applaud Oversight Subcommittee Chairman John Lewis and Ranking Member Mike Kelly for their leadership on this significant package, which has bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress,” said Chairman Neal. “Provisions in this bill protect low- and moderate-income taxpayers, create sensible enforcement reforms, and ensure the IRS provides taxpayers and small businesses the assistance they deserve. The commonsense, much-needed reforms in this legislation will modernize the IRS and rightfully prioritize taxpayers.”
Currently, the IRS provides no-fee, free tax-filing software to people who make less than $66,000 a year, which around 70 percent of Americans reportedly qualify for this program. Under the new Taxpayer First Act, the IRS must work with private companies like TurboTax to distribute software to taxpayers. This prohibits the IRS from being allowed to develop and directly offer free filing services to citizens itself.
Many Americans don’t approve of this action and are calling out their Congressmen and women on social media.
John Bragg posted: “I would like to know why Senator Ron Wyden is cosponsoring a bill with Chuck Grassley that would cripple the IRS’s ability to help Americans file their taxes more simply. It’s called, ironically, the Taxpayer First Act. Ron, you’re usually a great leader and an outspoken critic of things like this. What gives? I also find it interesting that you have said zero about this on your Facebook page or any other media. If you do have a good reason for doing this, why haven’t you explained it? Please explain this to your constituent.”