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Griffin Introduces Bill Requiring the IRS to Meet the Same Standards It Imposes on Taxpayers


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after introducing the IRS Equal Treatment Act:

"Like most folks, I'm outraged by IRS officials targeting Americans based on political and religious beliefs, spending $500 million on sweetheart deals with unqualified contractors, $70 million on employee bonuses, $50 million on lavish conferences and $50,000 on a spoof Star Trek video. It's unacceptable that the IRS -- the federal agency responsible for conducting more than 1.5 million audits annually -- cannot even account for all of the waste because they're not required to keep receipts. My bill would end this hypocrisy by making the IRS meet the same recordkeeping standards it imposes on everyone else."

Rep. Griffin's bill would require an annual accounting of IRS operating expenses. It holds employees individually liable for unsubstantiated receipts and allows the Secretary of Treasury to set a de minimis threshold for costs requiring receipts.

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