Debbie Wasserman Schultz

HR.744 - Stop Identity Theft Act Of 2013

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9/8/2014--Passed House amended. Stopping Tax Offenders and Prosecuting Identity Theft Act of 2014 or the STOP Identity Theft Act of 2014 - Calls for the Attorney General to: (1) make use of all existing resources of the Department of Justice (DOJ), including task forces, to bring more perpetrators of tax return identity theft to justice; and (2) take into account the need to concentrate efforts in areas of the country where the crime is most frequently reported, to coordinate with state and local authorities to prosecute and prevent such crime, and to protect vulnerable groups from becoming victims or otherwise being used in the offense. Amends the federal criminal code to: (1) include organizations as victims for purposes of prohibitions against identity theft or aggravated identity theft, and (2) subject an identity theft offense committed during and in relation to tax fraud to a fine and/or up to 20 years' imprisonment. Directs the Attorney General to report to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on: (1) trends in the incidence of tax return identity theft, (2) recommendations on additional statutory tools that would aid in the effective prosecution of tax return identity theft, and (3) the status of implementing DOJ's March 2010 Audit Report 10-21 entitled "The Department of Justice's Efforts to Combat Identity Theft."

Received In The Senate. Read Twice. Placed On Senate Legislative Calendar Under General Orders. Calendar No. 555.
September 9th 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Motion To Reconsider Laid On The Table Agreed To Without Objection.
September 8th 2014 @ 4:19 PM

On Motion To Suspend The Rules And Pass The Bill, As Amended Agreed To By Voice Vote.
September 8th 2014 @ 4:19 PM

Debate - The House Proceeded With Forty Minutes Of Debate On H.r. 744.
September 8th 2014 @ 4:02 PM

Considered Under Suspension Of The Rules.
September 8th 2014 @ 4:02 PM

Mr. Goodlatte Moved To Suspend The Rules And Pass The Bill, As Amended.
September 8th 2014 @ 4:01 PM

Placed On The Union Calendar, Calendar No. 427.
September 8th 2014 @ 2:54 PM

Reported (amended) By The Committee On Judiciary. H. Rept. 113-576.
September 8th 2014 @ 2:53 PM

Ordered To Be Reported (amended) By Voice Vote.
July 16th 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Committee Consideration And Mark-up Session Held.
July 16th 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Subcommittee On Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations Discharged.
July 15th 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Referred To The Subcommittee On Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations.
April 8th 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Referred To The House Committee On The Judiciary.
February 15th 2013 @ 12:00 AM

H.R.744 - the STOP Identity Theft Act of 2013, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), is a bill to expand criminal prosecution for individuals who use identity theft to steal tax returns.  

Allison Glatfelter, Senior Analyst
Thursday September 18th 2014

The Stopping Tax Offenders and Prosecuting Identity Theft Act (STOP Identity Theft Act), or H.R.744, would make the prosecution of tax return identify theft a greater priority and strengthen penalties against identify thieves.  

H.R.744 would also expand the definition of an identity theft victim to include not only individuals, but also businesses and organizations that have had their identities stolen for phishing schemes in an attempt to get sensitive information from consumers.

Allison Glatfelter, Senior Analyst
Thursday September 18th 2014
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