A controversial tax return inspection provision contained in a  Bush administration budget bill for fiscal 2005 will be removed before the legislation is sent to the White House for the president's signature.

On Nov. 20, Congress passed the omnibus appropriations bill containing a provision that authorized "agents" of the House or Senate Committee on Appropriations to have access to Internal Revenue Service facilities "and any tax returns contained therein." The provision was apparently drafted by the IRS and inserted in the final budget bill without discussion of the potential consequences.

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