Washington, DC—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.”
A copy of the current list of fireable offenses, as well as the updated language reflecting the proposed change made by Rep. Renacci’s bill, is attached. The bipartisan legislation has 34 cosponsors.
Rep. Renacci is serving his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he is a member of the Ways and Means Committee. Prior to his election he worked as a Certified Public Accountant in the health care industry, and owned and operated over 60 other businesses in the automotive and sports management fields.
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