Ranking Member Lewis' Statement on Tax-Related Identity Theft Bill
Washington, D.C.— Congressman John Lewis, ranking member of the Oversight Subcommittee on the Committee on Ways and Means, made the following statement supporting H.R. 5439, a common-sense bill to support victims of tax-related identity theft that he introduced with Congressman Jim Renacci (R-OH) (WATCH VIDEO):
“Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I hope that all of our colleagues will support the amendment in the nature of a substitute to H.R. 5439.
“I am very, very proud to join my friend Mr. Renacci from Ohio, in sponsoring this common-sense bill. We share a passion and a commitment to this issue. We previously worked on ID theft and introduced the Stolen Identity Fraud Prevention Act. I am proud to join him again.
“Today, our bill continues this good work by requiring the IRS to establish a single point of contact for victims of tax-related identity theft. I also included this common-sense policy in the Taxpayer Protection Act of 2017, the Oversight Subcommittee Democratic tax administration bill.
“H.R. 5439 will help ease the frustration felt by victims of tax-related identity theft, and it will ensure that they receive the help and support they need and deserve. This is a good taxpayer service bill, and I hope all of our colleagues will support it.
“Again, Mr. Chairman, thank you. I yield back the balance of my time.”