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HR 828 - Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2012 - Key Vote

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Tom Cole voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (263-114) - (Key vote)

Title: Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2012

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits federal employees and applicants who have "seriously delinquent tax debt" from being eligible for federal employment.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits any individual who has a “seriously delinquent tax debt” from being eligible for new or continued employment in any of the following agencies (Sec. 2):
    • Any Executive agency;
    • The United States Postal Service;
    • The Postal Regulatory Commission; or
    • An employing authority in the legislative branch.
  • Defines “seriously delinquent tax debt” as an outstanding debt for which a notice of lien has been filed in public records, except in the following circumstances (Sec. 2):
    • The debt is being paid in installments and in a timely manner;
    • The debt is in a collection due process hearing or relief has been requested or is pending;
    • A levy against the taxpayer’s property has been issued for repayment of the debt; or
    • The levy against the taxpayer’s property has been released due to the determination that the levy created an economic hardship due to the financial condition of the taxpayer.
  • Requires each agency to verify if a notice of lien has been filed on a current or prospective employee (Sec. 2).
  • Authorizes the Office of Personnel Management to write regulations authorizing an individual to continue to serve on a case-by-case basis when the situation involves financial hardship and the employees’ continued service is in best interests of the United States (Sec. 2).
Note:

NOTE: THIS VOTE WAS TAKEN UNDER A SUSPENSION OF THE RULES TO CUT OFF DEBATE EARLY AND VOTE TO PASS THE BILL, THEREBY REQUIRING A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY FOR PASSAGE.

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2012

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