Edward Markey

From the office of:

Edward Markey

From: The Honorable Erik Paulsen
Sent By:
Bill: H.R. 3209
Date: 7/28/2015

Empower Law Enforcement to Find Abducted Children:
Cosponsor the Bipartisan H.R. 3209 – Recovering Missing Children Act
Current Cosponsors: Paulsen, Courtney, Reichert, Slaughter, Renacci, Moore, and Jenkins (KS)
Dear Colleague,
Every year in the United States, more than 800,000 children are reported missing. Surprisingly, more than 200,000 of these children are abducted by family members.
A 2007 report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) found that in a significant number of these cases, tax returns were subsequently filed using the missing child’s Social Security number and a new address for the child and the abductor. Missing children cases are incredibly complex to solve, and obtaining this information could significantly increase the chances of success. Yet, law enforcement does not have the legal authority to access it.
It is imperative that federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies have every resource necessary to aid in their investigations and bring home missing kids. That’s why we have introduced the Recovering Missing Children Act, which will both help law enforcement solve these abduction cases and respect and protect tax filers’ privacy.
The Recovering Missing Children Act will add the case of a missing child to the current list of circumstances under which the IRS may release tax return information. To ensure that taxpayers’ rights to privacy are protected, the legislation requires a federal court order for information from tax forms to be released. The recipients of such information will be limited to federal, state, and local law enforcement agents who are personally and directly involved in the investigation of a missing child.
We ask you to join us in giving law enforcement professionals around the country additional tools needed to locate missing children and reunite families. For more information or to cosponsor the Recovering Missing Children Act, please contact Matt Gallivan in Rep. Paulsen’s office at or Beata Fogarasi in Rep. Courtney’s office at

Erik Paulsen Joe Courtney
Member of Congress Member of Congress