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Ranking Member Lewis' Statement on Tax-Related Identity Theft Bill

April 11, 2018
Press Release

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.”