Memo to IRS: Don’t Rehire the Guy You Just Fired

Earlier this week, millions of hardworking taxpayers finished sending their most sensitive, personal information to the IRS—an agency with a troubled record of misleading the American people.

On Wednesday, the House will pass four commonsense bills to help make the IRS work for taxpayers—not the other way around. One measure offered by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD), the IRS Workforce Act (H.R. 3724), would prohibit the IRS from rehiring former employees who were previously fired.

Yes, we actually need a law for this.

Last year, an independent watchdog found that the IRS rehired hundreds of staffers who were terminated for poor performance or misconduct. Offenses included everything from fraud to tax delinquency to even mishandling sensitive taxpayer information. All this from an agency that repeatedly blames Congress for every problem it encounters.

The House will also consider bills to improve customer service, minimize wasteful IRS spending, and stop the agency from retaining employees who don’t pay their taxes.

And get this: The White House opposes every single one of these bills. That’s just irresponsible.

As the AP wrote yesterday, Speaker Ryan “released a statementMonday outlining ‘three reasons why the IRS is failing’ taxpayers. The agency has a leadership deficit, ‘a huge lack of transparency,’ and is implementing a tax code that is ‘way too complicated.’” This is why making the tax code simpler, fairer, and flatter is a key part of House Republican’s agenda to restore a more Confident America.


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