April 21, 2016

House Passes Two Bills Designed To Rein In IRS’ Power

Two bills designed to hold the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) accountable for its incompetence passed the House along party lines Wednesday afternoon.

North Carolina Republican Rep. David Rouzer‘s bill, the No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act, would prevent the agency from hiring employees who have failed to meet their own tax obligations. It passed in a 543-170 vote, with 11 Democrats joining Republicans in voting for the measure.

The IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending (OWES) Act of 2016, spearheaded by Rep. Jason Smith of Missouri, also made it through the lower chamber in a 245-179 vote. One Democrat, Rep. Henry Cuellar  of Texas, supported the measure.

The legislation aims to give Congress more oversight power by requiring the agency receive Congressional approval before spending funds are collected through user fees. The IRS would have to deposit fees into a general fund at the Department of Treasury, which is slated to be used to improve services for taxpayers.

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