16th district Republican Congressman Jim Renacci of Wadsworth, is introducing a resolution that would further crack down on IRS employees who target political groups. Renacci tells AkronNewsNow the measure would give the IRS commissioner the authority to fire any employee who targets any political group or discriminates against any taxpayer based on their political beleifs.
Renacci says he has bi-partisan support for the measure and more than 40 co-sponsors. Renacci says his legislation adds to the list of 10 offenses an IRS employee could be fired for, that was approved by Congress in 1998.
News Release from 16th District Congressman Jim Renacci
U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16) has introduced H.R.2565, The STOP IRS Act. The legislation would give the head of the IRS the ability to fire employees who engage in political targeting.
“Americans are rightly upset no one has been fired by the IRS for the admitted targeting of political groups by employees at the agency,” said Rep. Renacci. “There are, however, policies in place to immediately terminate an IRS employee for specific offenses. Unfortunately, targeting a group or individual for their political beliefs is not one of them. My bill would close that loophole by giving the head of the IRS the ability to fire an employee for engaging in political targeting.”
In 1998, Congress enacted the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act. That legislation included a list of 10 Deadly Sins for which an IRS employee could be fired without the need to go through the normal, lengthy process of terminating a federal employee. The targeting of a taxpayer or group based on their political beliefs is not currently on that list.
“The public trust has been violated,” Rep. Renacci added. “My legislation would give the IRS a vital tool needed to begin the process of showing hardworking American taxpayers that there will be accountability going forward.”