Senator Ted Cruz has introduced legislation making it crime to engage in political targeting by the Internal Revenue Service.
The Daily Signal says this is not the first time Cruz has offered this type of legislation. In February 2014, he introduced amendments to the STOP Identity Theft Act. Those measures, however, were defeated by Democrats and did not make it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
With a new Republican Senate majority, Cruz is hopeful that this time the language will pass independently as a bill. In apress release, Cruz blasted the lack of action by President Obama and his administration in response to the IRS scandal.
“In May 2013, President Obama declared the IRS’s illegal targeting of conservative groups ‘intolerable and inexcusable,’ yet to this date no one has been held accountable for it,” Cruz said in a statement.
Cruz’s bill would make it a crime for any IRS employee to willfully target anyone based solely on political beliefs. Any employee found in violation would be subject to a fine, up to 10 years in prison, or both.
“This is a well thought out amendment to the IRS code to try and deter and punish the type of naked political targeting engaged in by Lois Lerner and other IRS employees,” said Hans von Spakovsky, manager of the election law reform initiative and senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation.
Lerner, former director of the IRS’ Exempt Organizations Unit, left the agency in 2013 after news of the targeting scandal broke. Lawmakers voted to hold her in contempt of Congress last year.
Von Spakovsky said abuses like the targeting of tea party and conservative groups should never happen again.
It is time to abolish the IRS! Annual tax compliance costs are almost as much as our Defense budget! More importantly, we will never get the IRS Monster back in the bottle. “…bureaucratic despots are more dangerous than socialism…” Dr. Larry P. Arnn.
Repeal the 16th Amendment. Pass HR 25 and S 155, aka The FairTax.
Put all Americans back in charge by eliminating income tax and replacing it with a national sales / consumption tax! Both these bills are designed to be revenue (income to the Government) neutral.