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House Advances Final Version of Highway Bill with debt-related offsets

Sharon Edmondson, Washington Legislative Team Member | December 04, 2015

The House, voting 359-65, passed highway funding legislation that contains two tax debt-related offsets, moving the legislation a step closer to the president's desk.

A conference committee Dec. 1 approved the final version of H.R. 22, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, which provides five years of funding for highway projects.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill by Dec. 4 and the president is likely to sign it into law if the measure reaches his desk. Included among the measure's budget pay-fors is a provision mandating that the Internal Revenue Service hire private collection agencies to recover tax debt no longer pursued by the agency. The bill also would allow the State Department to revoke the passports or deny the applications for passports of individuals owing more than $50,000 in long-delinquent tax debt.

Combined, the provisions would increase federal revenue by about $2.8 billion over a decade, according to a Joint Committee on Taxation report released Dec. 3.

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