H.R.3641 - Free File Permanence Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6] (Introduced 08/04/2017)|
|Committees:||House - Ways and Means|
|Latest Action:||House - 08/04/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.3641 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (08/04/2017)
Free File Permanence Act of 2017
This bill requires the Department of the Treasury to continue to operate the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Free File Program.
The program must work with state government agencies to enhance and expand the use of the program, while continuing to:
- provide free commercial-type online individual income tax preparation and electronic filing services to the lowest 70% of taxpayers by income;
- provide all taxpayers (regardless of income) with a basic, online electronic fillable forms utility; and
- work with the private sector to provide the free tax preparation and electronic filing services.
Treasury must work with the private sector through the program to identify and implement innovative new program features to improve and simplify the taxpayer's experience with completing and filing individual income tax returns.
The IRS and members of the tax software and electronic industry involved in the program must support and promote improvements within the program by mutually testing, piloting, and offering innovative solutions to:
- simplify the tax system,
- reduce compliance and reporting burdens,
- increase tax return accuracy through financial data authentication,
- strengthen the tax system against fraud through cybersecurity collaboration,
- avoid duplication, and
- maximize the use of electronic technology.
The Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee must report annually to Congress regarding the program, including website statistics, cybersecurity standards, demographic information, marketing and education efforts, simplifications and innovations, and state and local participation.