Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed two of his bills aimed at curbing IRS abuses in the wake of the agency's targeting of conservative groups.
Part of a larger effort entitled "Stop Government Abuse Week," H.R. 2530, the Taxpayer Transparency and Efficient Audit Act, would require the IRS to alert taxpayers when their information is shared with other federal agencies. The bill also puts the onus on the IRS to correspond with taxpayers substantively within 30 days, and complete audits within a one-year of their start date. H.R. 2531, the Protecting Taxpayers from Intrusive IRS Requests Act, simply bars the IRS from inquiring about a taxpayer's religious, political or social beliefs.
"These bills have a simple goal: removing fear from an individual's interactions with the IRS," said Roskam. "People should not have to be concerned about unfair and unjustified harassment at the hands of their own government. Widespread reports of IRS abuse have had a chilling effect on the American people. This week, the House is working to give people peace of mind that their government is not running roughshod over their rights. We can reassure individuals that they will not be left in the dark about the looming threat of IRS action, and protect them from offensive, big-brother questioning from the federal government."
H.R. 2530 and H.R. 2531 were introduced in June of 2013 as part of a larger Roskam legislative initiative called "The Taxpayer Bill of Rights." In July of 2013, the House passed two Roskam bills, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights of 2013, and the Stop Playing on Citizens Cash (SPOCC) Act.