WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to repeal a controversial Internal Revenue Service requirement that taxpayers who use automobiles and trucks for business purposes must keep detailed, up-to-date records of each trip and the mileage.
The House vote of 412 to 1 came despite steps by the IRS in February to ease the burden of its new regulation, which has drawn a flood of angry protests to Congress from farmers and the self-employed.
The Senate Finance Committee, meanwhile, approved a similar measure by a vote of 17 to 0. Final congressional action to repeal the requirement may occur later this week.
On 'Way Out'
"That little turkey's on the way out," Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole (R-Kan.) told reporters.
The House-passed measure would make repeal retroactive to Jan. 1, meaning that last year's less complicated mileage-deduction rules would remain in effect for all of this year. The bill would also repeal a new requirement that up-to-date records be kept for the business use of home computers and other equipment adaptable to personal use.