Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives today approved by a vote of 403-3 the Justice for Victims of IRS Scams and Identity Theft Act (H.R. 2905). This bipartisan bill, introduced by Congressman David Young (R-Iowa), requires the Attorney General and the Treasury Secretary to report to Congress on federal prosecutions of identity theft and tax scams. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) applauded today’s House approval of this bill in the statement below.
Chairman Goodlatte: “Identity theft is a problem across the United States and affects millions of Americans each year. A recent study found that there were over 16 million victims of identity fraud in 2017. Some fraudsters prey upon innocent victims by posing as IRS agents, demanding an immediate tax payment or tricking their victim into divulging personal information in order to receive a bogus refund. These terrible crimes must be prosecuted in order to protect victims and bring scheming criminals to justice. I applaud the House for today passing the Justice for Victims of IRS Scams and Identity Theft Act, which will help us better understand how many identity theft and tax scam crimes are being prosecuted and ways to prevent these crimes. I thank Congressman David Young for his work on this bill to protect American consumers and urge the Senate to take it up without delay.”