House Passes O'Halleran-Led Bill to Ensure Tax Services in Rural Communities

April 17, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, the United States House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass H.R. 5440, a bipartisan bill introduced by Congresswoman Karen Handel (GA-06) and Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) to increase transparency at the IRS and support local Taxpayer Assistance Centers.

"Every year, rural Arizonans rely on the tools provided by Taxpayer Assistance Centers to prepare and file their tax documents, and many are left with no resources when these facilities close without warning. Our bill ensures that families will receive a notification if their local center closes and have an alternative source of important information," said Rep. O'Halleran. "I am grateful for the broad bipartisan support our bill received today. It will not only hold the IRS accountable, but it will also go a long way to ensure families in rural communities throughout the country will continue to have the high-quality service they need."

There are currently five Taxpayer Assistance Centers in Arizona offering in-person services, while virtual assistance is offered to additional communities throughout the state. The legislation introduced today requires the IRS to notify Congress and the American people 90 days before any potential closure of a Taxpayers Assistance Center and identify potential alternatives for taxpayers.

Watch Rep. O'Halleran's House floor speech urging Congress to support the legislation here.