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house Bill H.R. 1058

Should IRS Employees Know the Taxpayer Bill of Rights?

Argument in favor

IRS employees need to be respectful of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights and apply them as a guideline for dealing with their customers — taxpayers. The IRS has lost the public’s trust, and this would help re-establishing that trust.

bart's Opinion
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04/14/2015
They don't already? I'm shocked that this requires legislation.
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Cary's Opinion
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04/10/2015
Should a judge know the law? Um, yea! The IRS passes out judgements, therefore they should know the protections for taxpayers and abide by them.
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Tomblue01's Opinion
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04/10/2015
Get rid of the IRS!!!!! Move to flat tax or something like that. Using IRS against a particular group of folks, though I'm not in that group, is scary as hell. What's to keep future presidents from using IRS against anyone they want? The genie is out of the bottle and the agency has now been weaponized. Plus the average citizen can't possibly understand the tax code.
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Argument opposed

These rights have always been there for taxpayers, even if IRS employees don't know about them. People should take it upon themselves to learn their rights, and IRS employees probably already know them, even if it's not in the "bill of rights" form.

TDJCatholicBlogger's Opinion
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04/10/2015
This is an internal IRS training issue. A bill is unnecessary.
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Ian's Opinion
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04/10/2015
They should already know them. This is a waste of taxpayer money.
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Jim's Opinion
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04/11/2015
This is a political stunt. The IRS already does this. This bill just gives the representative a chance to brag to the uninformed among his constituents that he made the IRS do this.
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    They don't already? I'm shocked that this requires legislation.
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    This is an internal IRS training issue. A bill is unnecessary.
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    Should a judge know the law? Um, yea! The IRS passes out judgements, therefore they should know the protections for taxpayers and abide by them.
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    Get rid of the IRS!!!!! Move to flat tax or something like that. Using IRS against a particular group of folks, though I'm not in that group, is scary as hell. What's to keep future presidents from using IRS against anyone they want? The genie is out of the bottle and the agency has now been weaponized. Plus the average citizen can't possibly understand the tax code.
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    I would fire every employee who DOESN'T know the taxpayers' "Bill of Rights"!
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    They should already know them. This is a waste of taxpayer money.
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    Not that this will change anything with the IRS, they do what ever they want and punish you for calling the so called Advocates office, but at least it's worth a try. The only real solution is to abolish the IRS.
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    Are IRS employees, especially auditors, not licensed CPAs? CPAs need to know the tax laws. IRS CPAs should know at least all the taxpayer bill of rights and all the tax laws that they expect us non-CPAs to know.
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    the Bill of Rights is not a guideline it is a protocol
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    This is a political stunt. The IRS already does this. This bill just gives the representative a chance to brag to the uninformed among his constituents that he made the IRS do this.
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    If they don't know the tax payer bill of rights then people will often make assumptions that aren't correct. it will also result in uneven thinking between an agent of the IRS and a normal citizen
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    Knowing the taxpayers rights is not only more efficient for an IRS worker but is an integral part of their duty that would allow for them to best serve our nation.
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    Should IRS employees know the rules they are supposed to be following..,.DUH!!!!
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    If politicians stayed out of the work of civil service employees, there would probably be fewer problems.
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    As government representatives they should be guided by and guide me in understanding my rights
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    Why do we need a bill for what should be an internal training issue? If the workers learn what they need to do their job properly, that should be enough. Courtesy is to be expected at all times anyway. Maybe simpler tax laws might help!
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    Nearly all professions have training and performance standards, the IRS should be no different.
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    Agree that the IRS should just KNOW this stuff...inside and out. Do your jobs right and it doesn't need to be a bill.
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    This isnt an issue of law its an hr and training issue to be addressed with out congress intervention
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    You would think that this information would have been part of the employment enrollment process. Not sure why a bill is required. In any case, probably not a bad idea to reinforce knowledge.
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