Walker Introduces "Ditto Act" to Hold IRS Accountable to Taxpayers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) yesterday, on Tax Day, introduced the Ditto Act of 2018. This legislation would ensure the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) maintains the same record-keeping standards as the department expects from the taxpayers by requiring them to keep preserved records for at least three years after obtaining the record. A preserved record is any record maintained by a person other than the federal government pursuant to a rule, guidance, or other directive from the IRS recommending or requiring that the person maintain records for a particular period of time.
"The bureaucratic failures of the IRS were on full display yesterday as they were unable to perform even a basic duty on their most critical day of the year," Walker said. "Another way the IRS is failing North Carolina taxpayers is with lack of accountability. Run for almost a decade by Commissioners who spent more time misleading Congress and attempting to bury scandals than they did serving Americans, the IRS has operated under a different set of rules than what they expect from taxpayers. The Ditto Act forces accountability on the IRS and ensures that they are working under the same rules as the people and businesses of North Carolina."
Yesterday, the IRS payment website crashed as millions of returns were expected to come in, resulting in the IRS having to extend the filing deadline for taxpayers.
The bill will now be referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Similar legislation, the Ditto Act of 2016, was introduced by Walker in 2016 and passed the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Greensboro News and Record called the Ditto Act their "favorite title for new legislation" in 2016.
Read the full text of the Ditto Act of 2018 here.