Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has co-sponsored two important pieces of legislation aimed at relieving the heavy burdens placed on small businesses by the IRS, so that these businesses can start hiring again. The small business package includes H.R. 3169, the IRS Rulemaking Fairness Act of 2013, and H.R. 3479, the Small Business Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2013.
“From the mom-and-pop coffee
shop to the high-tech manufacturer, small businesses employ millions of
Americans and are the engine of our economy,” said Rep. Hultgren. “But I have heard
loud and clear from business leaders in my district—from Gurnee to Geneva—that
their efforts to hire and grow are
hampered by burdensome rules and red tape handed down by a powerful IRS. Small
businesses should be spending their efforts innovating and expanding, not
dealing with the unintended consequences of confusing and harmful regulations.
These two bills will ensure our
core job creators receive some relief from an increasingly aggressive IRS and get
back to doing what they do best.”
the IRS is the only agency not required to report on the impact a proposed rule
would have on small businesses. H.R. 3169 would add the IRS to the list of
agencies required to certify that a proposed rule will not have significant
negative impacts on small businesses, ensuring that the IRS considers their
interests during the rulemaking process.
over the IRS’ complex and confusing tax system can be costly to small
businesses who are simply trying to comply. H.R. 3479 would protect businesses from abusive IRS
claims and hold the agency more accountable to taxpayers. Among other
provisions, H.R. 3479 makes more small businesses eligible to recoup attorney’s
fees if an IRS action is found to be unjustified. The bill also increases the
amount of damages taxpayers can collect from the IRS in the case of reckless
collection or improperly disclosing tax information, and provides for a party
independent from the IRS to handle dispute resolutions and arbitration.