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Lawmakers Target IRS Employee Bonuses, Hiring Practices

Congress recently introduced two new pieces of legislation specifically targeting the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) workforce.

Under the No Bonuses For Tax Cheats Act (S.2215), bonuses would be withheld from employees who have been found to have “substantial evidence of misconduct … or seriously delinquent tax debt.”

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), one of the co-sponsors, said, “It’s unconscionable that federal employees are eligible for bonuses, paid for by Americans, while they have dodged the tax collectors.”

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), another co-sponsor, echoed his sentiment. “The fact that millions of dollars in bonuses have been given to IRS employees who haven’t been paying their taxes is alarming and completely unacceptable.”

Senators Burr and Manchin previously introduced a version of the legislation in April 2014.

A fact sheet on the legislation can be accessed here.

Additionally, in response to an inspector general report that found the agency had hired more than 300 past employees who had been forced out or left while under investigation for performance or misconduct issues, the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act of 2015 (H.R. 3724) was introduced by Reps. Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Kristi Noem (R-SD). The bill would prohibit the rehiring employees fired for misconduct.

In her weekly column, Rep. Noem had this to say of the bill: “…if IRS leadership won’t instill commonsense hiring practices within the agency, I will work to write it into law.”

 

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