Donald J. Trump signed the Taxpayer First Act into law, which includes 9th
District Congressman Doug Collins’ Clyde-Hirsch-Sowers RESPECT Act.
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.
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.
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.