Paul L. Caron

Monday, December 28, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 963

IRS Logo 2Your News Now, Sen. Portman's Bill Would Give Americans More Power When Dealing With IRS:

Ohio Senator Rob Portman has introduced legislation that would give Americans more power when dealing with the Internal Revenue Service.

Senator Portman says the IRS scandal that unfolded following the 2012 election, caused him to consider the proposal.  Several conservative  groups alleged the IRS used its powers against them, making it difficult to organize and achieve tax exempt status.

IRS officials then claimed to have lost e-mails and other documentation in a subsequent investigation. Portman says the "Taxpayer Bill of Rights" would help address IRS abuse and ensure that federal employees at the IRS can be punished if found to have misused their power.

Portman's bill would allow for termination of any IRS employee caught injecting politics into IRS decisions. One IRS official, Lois Lerner, resigned from the IRS following the e-mail scandal.

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While we all have our political views, it would seem difficult to prove that one's political views impacted IRS decisions. Even while Lois Lerner may have had strong political views as many of us do, there is no proof that it impacted IRS decisions.

Posted by: gator | Dec 29, 2015 7:57:08 AM