O’Halleran Leads on Bill to Increase Transparency at IRS, Support Taxpayer Assistance

April 9, 2018
Press Release

Washington DC – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined Congresswoman Karen Handel (GA-06) to introduce bipartisan legislation to increase transparency at the IRS and support local Taxpayer Assistance Centers.

“Families throughout rural Arizona rely on Taxpayer Assistance Centers for help with tax preparation and filing. While virtual assistance helps bridge the gap in many communities, face-to-face service offered at these Centers provides an indispensable resource to those who often drive hundreds of miles to get their questions answered by IRS employees,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “Holding our government agencies accountable to the American people must be a priority for Congress. This legislation will provide transparency and accountability and ensure that taxpayers have access to 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.