Democrats in the House and Senate have reintroduced legislation to direct the Internal Revenue Services to create a free tax-filing service available to the public online, The Hill reports.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a candidate for president in 2020, is a lead sponsor of the Senate bill, the Tax Filing Simplification Act.
"Taxpayers waste too many hours and hundreds of dollars on tax preparation each year, which disproportionately burdens low-income and minority taxpayers," she said in a statement. "This bill will require the IRS to offer easy, free, online tax-filing for all taxpayers. This is a simple idea with a long history of support from both Republicans and Democrats, and it's time to make it a reality."
Her fellow presidential candidates Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., joined her and other senators in offering the bill. Reps. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Katie Hill, D-Calif., joined to reintroduce the House bill.
"Millions of Americans each year who are eligible for cash refunds like the Earned Income Tax Credit don't claim them -- either because tax filing is too complicated, or they don't know they're eligible," said Adam Ruben, the director of Economic Security Project Action. "This creates a system where only the wealthiest Americans can afford to take advantage of the tax breaks and deductions available to them. Senator Warren's Tax Filing Simplification Act is a commonsense improvement that would make tax filing easier and more fair, and mean millions more hardworking Americans will get the refunds like the EITC they're entitled to."
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