CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Wednesday, July 31, 2013 the House will consider H.R. 2565, the STOP IRS Act, under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on June 27, 2013 by Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
H.R. 2565 amends Paragraph (10) of section 1203(b) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 to expand grounds for termination of employment of an IRS employee. This includes an IRS employee performing, delaying, or failing to perform any official action (including an audit) for the purpose of extracting personal gain or benefit for a political purpose.
In 1998, Congress enacted the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, which included a list of “10 Deadly Sins” for which an IRS employee could be fired without having to go through the normal process of terminating a federal employee. (A complete list can be found here). The addition of the category authorized by H.R. 2565 is based on “political purpose” and comes in the wake of recent revelations that employees of the IRS had knowingly targeted political groups applying for 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status based upon their names.
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