PICPA offers feedback on Taxpayer First Act

Posted 4/13/2018

The Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs says that while it supports many elements in the IRS reform bills published by the House Ways and Means Committee earlier this week, it also has concerns with provisions on debt collection and identity theft. PICPA said it “fully supports” the proposed establishment of an independent appeals process that would allow taxpayers to appeal tax disputes, and also indicated support for a more comprehensive customer service strategy that would include establishing metrics and benchmarks. However, it expressed disagreement with the establishment of income thresholds for referral to private debt collection, specifically the exemption of low-income individuals from private debt collection unless such a taxpayers’ dependents or other debts are causing insolvency, and proposed public-private stakeholder partnerships to address ID theft refund fraud.

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