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Taxpayer Support For Bill To Increase Oversight Of IRS Hires

Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

31 January 2018


Americans for Tax Reform has urged Congress to endorse legislation that would tighten rules concerning Internal Revenue Service (IRS) hires.

Introduced by Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R-SD) in July 2017, the Ensuring Integrity Within the IRS Workforce Act (HR 3500) proposes to amend the Internal Revenue Code "to prohibit the IRS from rehiring any individual who was previously employed by the IRS but was removed for misconduct or whose employment was terminated for cause."

In a January 30 letter addressed to Noem, ATR expressed its support for the bill.

"Shockingly, the IRS rehired over 200 employees between January 2015 and March 2016 that had been previously fired for misconduct. In other words, a staggering 10 percent of the IRS's rehired employees had previously been fired for misconduct by the agency," said ATR.

It said: "The litany of charges against the delinquent employees is vast, ranging from threatening coworkers to illegally accessing taxpayer information and falsifying documents. The IRS even rehired one employee despite the inclusion of a 'do not hire' notation in the employee's personnel file. This is an ongoing problem, as the IRS has refused to adjust their hiring practices in response to previous TIGTA audits."

"By preventing the IRS from rehiring employees with misconduct issues, this bill ensures that taxpayers are better protected from government bureaucrats. Congress should swiftly pass this bill, and President Trump should sign it into law," said ATR.

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