Making Sure Targeting Never Happens: Getting Politics Out of the IRS and Other Solutions

August 12, 2014

The report includes 15 proposals to address politicization of the IRS, including:

·         Replacing the IRS Commissioner with a multi-member, bipartisan commission

·         Removing the IRS as a regulator of political speech for social-welfare groups

·         Allowing taxpayers, and not the IRS, to control access to their confidential taxpayer information

·         Creating a private right of action for victims of willful and injurious leaks by IRS officials of confidential taxpayer information

·         Establishing transparent and objective criteria for scrutiny of applicants

·         Establishing clear and transparent rules for information-collecting purposes

·         Prohibiting political and policy communications between the IRS and Executive Office of the President

·         Removing the IRS from implementation of the Affordable Care Act

You can read the report released today here.

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

IRS Abuses: Ensuring that Targeting Never Happens Again

Full Committee, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA)

9:30 a.m. in Rayburn 2154

 

Witnesses:

Mr. David Keating

President

Center for Competitive Politics

Ms. Cleta Mitchell

Partner

Foley & Lardner LLP

Mr. James Sherk

Senior Policy Analyst in Labor Economics

The Heritage Foundation

The Honorable Hans A. von Spakovsky

Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow

Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies

The Heritage Foundation

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