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H.R. 5479 - Military Taxpayer Assistance Act

Introduced: 2018-04-11
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5479


    To direct the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service to establish a special unit within the office of Stakeholder Partnership, Education and Communication to provide members of the uniformed services with tax assistance, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 11, 2018

    Mr. Walz (for himself and Mr. Kind) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


A BILL

    To direct the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service to establish a special unit within the office of Stakeholder Partnership, Education and Communication to provide members of the uniformed services with tax assistance, 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 “Military Taxpayer Assistance Act”.

SEC. 2. Special unit within the office of Stakeholder Partnership, Education and Communication to provide members of the uniformed services with tax assistance.

(a) Establishment.—The Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service shall establish a special unit within the office of Stakeholder Partnership, Education and Communication in the Internal Revenue Service.

(b) Responsibilities.—The unit established under subsection (a) shall be responsible for developing and conducting outreach, education, and assistance concerning the tax issues applicable to members of the uniformed services and the organizations that provide tax assistance to these taxpayers.

(c) Staffing.—To the extent possible, the unit established under subsection (a) shall be staffed with veterans.

(d) Funding for VITA training overseas.—The Commissioner shall ensure that ample funding is allocated to the unit established under subsection (a) to provide face-to-face training for the military volunteers providing income tax assistance in overseas locations.

SEC. 3. Other assistance for members of the uniformed services.

(a) Toll-Free telephone line.—The Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service shall establish and maintain a toll-free telephone number for members of the uniformed services and their families to answer tax law and filing questions and to resolve their tax account and compliance issues.

(b) Website.—The Commissioner shall ensure that the information on the website of the Internal Revenue Service relating to military taxpayers is current.

SEC. 4. Unformed services.

For purposes of this Act, the term “uniformed services” has the meaning given such term by section 101(a)(5) of title 10, United States Code.


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