President Trump Signs Collins’ Bill to Stop IRS Abuse
WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump today signed the Taxpayer First Act into law, which includes Rep. Doug Collins’ (R-Ga.) Clyde-Hirsch-Sowers RESPECT Act.
“For too long, hardworking individuals and small business owners—like Andrew Clyde—have fallen victim as the IRS has abused civil asset forfeiture. With the RESPECT Act finally becoming law, law-abiding citizens can rest easy knowing they no longer have to fight the federal government just to prove their innocence,” said Collins. “I want to thank Andrew Clyde for his advocacy and persistence in getting this bill passed, and I applaud President Trump for signing this legislation to ensure all American citizens are afforded the due process guaranteed by our Constitution.”
Collins reintroduced the RESPECT Act earlier this year to protect innocent individuals and small business owners from IRS abuse and ensure their assets are not wrongly seized under civil asset forfeiture policies. The House unanimously passed the RESPECT Act—as part of the Taxpayer First Act—in April 2019.
The RESPECT Act was inspired in part by Andrew Clyde, a U.S. Navy veteran, owner of Clyde Armory, and resident of Georgia’s Ninth District. In April of 2013, the IRS seized nearly $940,000 from Clyde’s bank account without charging him with any crime, simply because he was regularly depositing several thousand dollars of cash from his business.
"In 2015, I and two others who are named in this bill testified in Congress against this abuse by the IRS," said Andrew Clyde. "The RESPECT Act, which passed unanimously this year in both the House and the Senate, is the response of the Congress to those abuses. Today President Trump signed it into law as part of the Taxpayers First Act and it should prevent any other law-abiding citizen from ever suffering the abuse that I suffered. I highly commend Congressman Collins and Congressman Lewis for their parts in helping to make this much needed legislation become law."