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:
“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.