Roskam Ideas Adopted by IRS

A press release from Congressman Peter Roskam:

IRS Adopts Roskam’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights

WASHINGTON, DC– Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) released the following statement on the IRS announcement adopting the Taxpayer Bill of Rights he authored, which was passed unanimously by the House as H.R. 2768 last year:

Peter Roskam

Peter Roskam

“I am pleased to see the IRS is finally taking action to recognize these ten fundamental rights the American people have as they work and pay taxes.

“The IRS targeting scandal has shown us the ugly reality of a government agency abusing its power at the expense of the people it exists to serve.

“This is a common sense step to rein in IRS abuses and ensure the public receives fair treatment from their government.

“I appreciate the IRS implementing this legislation, including posting the Taxpayer Bill of Rights for the public and IRS employees to see at agency facilities across the nation.

“There’s no reason to delay the Senate quickly passing this legislation to cement these reforms as the law of the land.

“I intend to keep a watchful eye to ensure the IRS is fully abiding by these fundamental rights.”


The Taxpayer Bill of Rights guarantees taxpayers the right to be informed, to be assisted, to be heard, to privacy, to confidentiality, to representation, to a fair and just tax system, to appeal, to certainty, and the right to pay no more than the correct amount of tax.

The House of Representatives has also passed three additional Roskam taxpayer protection bills, including:

  • Protecting Taxpayers from Intrusive IRS Requests Act, H.R. 2531 –Prohibits the IRS from inappropriate and unnecessary inquiries about taxpayers personal religious, political, or social beliefs

Passed unanimously 2/25/14

  • Taxpayer Transparency and Efficient Audit Act, H.R. 2530 – Requires the IRS to notify taxpayers when their information is shared, requires the IRS to substantively respond to taxpayer communications within 30 days, and directs the IRS to work to complete taxpayer audits within one year

Passed unanimously 2/25/14

  • Stop Playing on Citizens’ Cash Act, H.R. 2769 – Prohibits the IRS from spending millions of taxpayer dollars on lavish conferences and participant gift bags, and prevents the IRS from holding employee conferences until recommendations from the agency’s Inspector General have been implemented

Passed unanimously 7/31/13


Roskam Ideas Adopted by IRS — 3 Comments

  1. So what happened to that House Bill, to either force collection or fire or both, the 90,000 Fed Employees that stiffed the IRS for $1-3 B last year or so?

    Wonder how many State and Muni tax cheats they could catch every year?

  2. Good job Peter!

    Someone needs to look out for the little guy!

    And thank you for serving our country in Congress…

    I hope you move up in Party Leadership in light of recent events.

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