HB2060: Online portal for tax practitioners; Department of Taxation shall analyze prospect of establishing.


HOUSE BILL NO. 2060
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the House Committee on Finance
on January 20, 2021)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Delegate Coyner)
A BILL to direct the Department of Taxation to analyze the prospect of establishing an online portal for tax practitioners.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. That the Department of Taxation shall, with input from affected stakeholders, analyze the prospect of establishing an online portal for tax practitioners who possess a valid Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative form to access confidential client information. In its analysis, the Department shall evaluate (i) comparable services offered by the Internal Revenue Service or by other states that provide electronic access to confidential taxpayer information and (ii) cybersecurity concerns associated with providing such services. The Department shall identify the estimated costs associated with creation of such a portal and report its findings and recommendations to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations, House Committee on Finance, and Senate Committee on Finance and Appropriations no later than December 1, 2021.

HOUSE BILL NO. 2060

Offered January 13, 2021
Prefiled January 12, 2021
A BILL to direct the Department of Taxation to establish an online portal for tax practitioners.
Patrons-- Coyner, Mugler, Avoli and Keam

Referred to Committee on Finance

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. That the Department of Taxation shall establish an online portal for tax practitioners to access client information. The online portal shall be accessible only by tax practitioners who possess a valid Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative form for each client for which the practitioner seeks to access confidential information. In establishing the online portal, the Department of Taxation shall examine comparable services offered by the Internal Revenue Service or by other states that provide electronic access to confidential taxpayer information and shall provide a similar level of service. The scope of information that may be disclosed pursuant to this act shall be the same as is currently authorized for nonelectronic access to taxpayer information under current law.

§ 2. The online portal authorized by this act shall be operational no later than July 1, 2023.