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H.R.531: Tax Crimes and Identity Theft Prevention Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about taxation
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Sponsor Kathy Castor, D-Fla.
Total Cosponsors 7 (5 Democrats, 2 Republicans)
Introduced Feb. 6, 2013
Latest Major Action Feb. 28, 2013
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Bill Summary

Tax Crimes and Identity Theft Prevention Act - Requires the Secretary of the Treasury to take necessary action to correct a tax return or tax information affected by the misuse of a taxpayer's identity within 90 days after receiving notice of such misuse from the taxpayer.

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) authorize the Secretary to disclose tax return information to federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel who are personally and directly engaged in the investigation of identity theft; (2) impose a fine and/or prison term on any person who knowingly or willfully misappropriates another person's tax identification number; (3) increase the civil and criminal penalties for improper disclosure or use of tax information by tax return preparers; and (4) require the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to report to Congress on the number of reported tax fraud cases and on actions taken in response to such reports.

Directs the Secretary to: (...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 28, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations.
Feb. 6, 2013 Referred to House Judiciary
Feb. 6, 2013 Referred to House Ways and Means