Walorski Bill to Modernize IRS Technology Signed Into Law

Monday, July 1, 2019

Walorski Bill to Modernize IRS Technology Signed Into Law

President Trump Signs Taxpayer First Act, Which Overhauls IRS and Includes Walorski’s IT Modernization Bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today applauded President Trump the signing of the bipartisan Taxpayer First Act into law. The legislation to overhaul the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) includes Walorski’s bill to modernize the IRS’s antiquated information technology (IT) systems and better serve taxpayers.

“This is great news for the American people: President Trump just signed the bipartisan Taxpayer First Act into law,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “It overhauls the IRS so taxpayers always come first, and it includes my legislation to bring the IRS’s antiquated IT systems into the 21st century. These commonsense reforms will build on the tax cuts that have led to bigger paychecks, more opportunity, and a simpler tax code for hardworking Americans.”

BACKGROUND

The House passed the Taxpayer First Act (H.R. 3151) in April. The bipartisan bill contains legislation introduced by Walorski in the 115th Congress, the IRS Information Technology Accountability Act, which aims to prevent delays and cost overruns by strengthening accountability measures and codifying the role and responsibilities of the IRS’s chief information officer (CIO). The IRS relies on several legacy IT systems, some dating back to the 1960s, but has struggled to complete major IT modernization projects despite spending approximately $2.4 billion annually on IT.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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