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Westmoreland: House Passes Four IRS Accountability Bills During Tax Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed four bills protect American taxpayers and hold the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) accountable. Representative Lynn Westmoreland, a staunch supporter of the Fair Tax, voted in favor of each piece of legislation, and issued the following response:

 

“As Americans filed their taxes on the April 18th deadline, they were faced, once again, with a ridiculously complicated tax code. It’s even more painful knowing that next you’ll have to deal with the awful customer service at the IRS. It’s a notoriously out-of-control agency that must be held accountable to the taxpayers.”

 

The four bills passed by the House are:

·         H.R. 3724, the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act of 2016, which prevents the IRS from rehiring former employees who were fired for misconduct or cause

·         H.R. 4890, the IRS Bonuses Tied to Measurable Metrics Act, which requires the IRS to complete a customer service strategy before paying out bonuses

·         H.R. 4885, the IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending Act of 2016, requires the IRS to deposit fees for services in the general fund of the Treasury and prohibits the expenditure of such fees unless approved by Congress through an appropriations act

·         H.R. 1206, the No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act, which would prohibit the IRS from extending an employment offer to any individual that has seriously delinquent tax debt

“These four pieces of legislation are common sense,” stated Westmoreland. “While I prefer to see the IRS eliminated and a Fair Tax implemented, these are necessary steps forward in restoring the integrity of the agency. All four bills are measures any private company would take to earn back their customers’ trust. After ridding the agency of wasteful spending and delinquent employees, we can then work to rebuild with public servants that are accountable to the people.”