WASHINGTON, DC – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) issued the following statement today after the House passed nine bills that will address systematic failings within the Internal Revenue Service and make the agency more accountable to the American people.
“Today, as hardworking Americans across the nation rush to meet the ‘Tax Day’ deadline, they are faced with a complicated, inefficient, and top-down agency in Washington, D.C.: the Internal Revenue Service. House Republicans know the best way to honor the infamous April 15 deadline is by addressing the abuse at the IRS. Today, we passed eight bills that require the IRS to be honest and fair to hardworking American taxpayers. Right now, federal contractors and grant recipients owe millions of dollars in taxes – and we are holding them accountable. We also voted to increase transparency by prohibiting any IRS employees from using personal email accounts for official government business and demanding an end to unfair political targeting.
“I applaud Chairman Chaffetz (R-UT) and Representatives Holding (R-NC), Kelly (R-PA), Meehan (R-PA), and Roskam (R-IL) for their hard work in keeping the IRS accountable to hardworking taxpayers all across this country. ‘Tax Day’ may only be once a year, but solving the problems at the IRS is a constant pursuit for House Republicans. These reforms are essential for an opportunity economy that will empower families and individuals to achieve a better life.”
Read below for detailed information on the eight bills passed by the House today:
H.R. 1058, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2015
H.R. 1152, the IRS Email Transparency Act
H.R. 1026, the Taxpayer Knowledge of IRS Investigations Act
H.R. 1314, the Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations the Right to Appeal Act
H.R. 1295, the IRS Bureaucracy Reduction and Judicial Review Act
H.R. 709, the Prevent Targeting at the IRS Act
H.R. 1104, the Fair Treatment for All Gifts Act
H.R. 1562, the Contracting and Tax Accountability Act of 2015