Summary: H.R.1226 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (04/15/1997)

Taxpayer Browsing Protection Act - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to make it unlawful for Federal employees, State employees, or other specified persons to willfully inspect, except as authorized, any tax return or return information. Provides for a monetary penalty, imprisonment, or both for violators. (Current law imposes penalties only for the unlawful disclosure of such information.)

Permits civil damages for the unauthorized inspection or disclosure (currently, only for the unauthorized disclosure) of tax returns and return information. Requires the taxpayer to be notified as soon as practicable if any person is criminally charged by indictment with inspecting or disclosing the taxpayer's return or return information.