Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) released this statement following the introduction of H.R. 619, the Human Trafficking Survivor Tax Relief Act:
“North Texans have heard entirely too many horror stories about human trafficking,” said Marchant. “While we must work to eliminate this heinous crime, we must also work to aid the victims and survivors of it. The Human Trafficking Survivor Tax Relief Act would make civil damages, restitution, and any other monetary award given to human trafficking survivors exempt from federal income taxes. This bipartisan legislation will allow survivors to file their taxes without fear that the IRS might audit or penalize them for not reporting civil damages as income. I want to thank Senator Cornyn for leading this effort in the US Senate and Congressman Schneider for joining me to reintroduce my bill from the 115th Congress. We must continue to find ways to support the survivors of this horrible crime as they rebuild their lives.”
Congressman Marchant is proud to reintroduce the Human Trafficking Survivor Tax Relief Act for the 116th Congress during January, which is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. He first introduced this bill in September of 2018 as part of the 115th Congress.