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house Bill H.R. 1206

Does the IRS Need to Stop All New Hiring Until it Has No Employees With Serious Tax Debt?

Argument in favor

If average people in the U.S. are expected to file and pay their taxes on time, then IRS employees who get paid by those taxpayers need to be free of tax debt of their own.

BTSundra's Opinion
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04/20/2016
Its employees should practice what they prosecute.
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Richard's Opinion
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04/20/2016
The out of control heavily political IRS and it's employees should be held to the highest standards for compliance to the law, regulations and requirements it enforces.
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Leon's Opinion
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04/20/2016
Yes. There should be none employed that are not meeting the law just like law enforcement or other public jobs.
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Argument opposed

The tax compliance rate of IRS employees is over 99 percent — far above other federal agencies and the general public. A hiring freeze because of a few rogue employees is short-sighted.

B.R.'s Opinion
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04/20/2016
Not only is this bill short-sighted, but petty. It appears that someone has a bug up their ass for the IRS. Whether you like the IRS or not, inappropriate acts should not be allowed.
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Steven's Opinion
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04/21/2016
We want the tax collectors to not be hypocrites when collecting taxes. The irony that this bill is coming from Congress a body that has it's lowest approval rating ever in recorded history, due to its lack of job performance and hypocrisy.
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bhamvince's Opinion
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04/21/2016
This is nothing more than an attempt to weaken and hamstring the IRS by very wealthy people who wish to make tax evasion easier. Bills like this perpetuate the transformation of the U.S. from a government of, for and by the people to a government of, for and by the very wealthy. The U.S. has effectively been a plutocracy for some time now, and it's swiftly moving in the direction of banana republic as wealth disparity increases.
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What is House Bill H.R. 1206?

This bill would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from offering any person a job until the agency certifies that it doesn’t have any employees with seriously delinquent tax debt.

A seriously delinquent tax debt would be defined as a tax debt for which the IRS has filed a notice of lien in public records. Excluded from that definition would be any tax debt:

  • That is being being in a timely manner under an approved installment payment agreement or an offer-in-compromise;

  • For which a collection process hearing has been requested or is pending;

  • For which a tax levy has been issued;

  • Where relief has been granted due to economic hardship.

Impact

Prospective IRS employees; IRS employees with seriously delinquent tax debt; and the IRS as a whole.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1206

$500.00 Thousand
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would cost less than $500,000 per year.

More Information

Of Note: It was revealed in 2015 that almost 1,600 IRS workers had evaded taxes over a 10-year period, most of whom weren’t fired despite a 1998 law that specifically requires the termination of IRS employees that don’t willfully pay their taxes.

The IRS has countered that the agency boasts the highest tax compliance rate among employees of all federal agencies at over 99 percent of its workforce. The voluntary tax compliance rate for the U.S. as a whole was estimated to be 83 percent in 2006, which led to a net shortfall of $385 billion after enforcement and late payments were collected.


In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC) introduced this bill to encourage the IRS to improve the tax compliance record of its current employees before hiring new workers:

“If the IRS expects us to file our tax returns correctly and in a timely manner, then we should expect the bureaucrats running this bloated agency to do the same. This is a commonsense bill that will encourage the IRS to clean up its act.”

This legislation was passed by the House Ways and Means Committee on a voice vote, and it has the support of 25 House Republican cosponsors.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Pixlr adaptation of Flickr user Allen Reichert's image)

AKA

No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act

Official Title

To prohibit the hiring of additional Internal Revenue Service employees until the Secretary of the Treasury certifies that no employee of the Internal Revenue Service has a seriously delinquent tax debt.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed April 20th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 254 Yea / 170 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedMarch 2nd, 2015

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    Its employees should practice what they prosecute.
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    Not only is this bill short-sighted, but petty. It appears that someone has a bug up their ass for the IRS. Whether you like the IRS or not, inappropriate acts should not be allowed.
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    Yes
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    Yes. There should be none employed that are not meeting the law just like law enforcement or other public jobs.
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    The out of control heavily political IRS and it's employees should be held to the highest standards for compliance to the law, regulations and requirements it enforces.
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    We want the tax collectors to not be hypocrites when collecting taxes. The irony that this bill is coming from Congress a body that has it's lowest approval rating ever in recorded history, due to its lack of job performance and hypocrisy.
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    That's like asking if the DEA should drug test its agents. A government job should come with the responsibility of at least complying with the program's one is related to enforcing.
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    Yes! And let's include Rev. Al Sharpton, I believe he still owes 2 million. Imagine if Joe Taxpayer owed $200.... They'd be merciless!
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    Kinda like hiring inmates to be prison guards.
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    This bill is a thinly disguised attempt to kill the IRS. Their mission is to collect taxes; they are already understaffed because of short-sighted budget cuts. Now the Congress is trying again to strangle the agency STOP
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    Another conservative ploy to hamstring/cripple the IRS from doing its job. Nothing more.
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    This is nothing more than an attempt to weaken and hamstring the IRS by very wealthy people who wish to make tax evasion easier. Bills like this perpetuate the transformation of the U.S. from a government of, for and by the people to a government of, for and by the very wealthy. The U.S. has effectively been a plutocracy for some time now, and it's swiftly moving in the direction of banana republic as wealth disparity increases.
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    while i admire the "practice what you preach" spirit of this bill, it isn't the right way to enforce existing requirements on current IRS employees. if the executive is failing to enforce prosecution of existing employees, that is a political issue, and attempting to control the IRS with collateral prohibitions will face the same anemic internal governance. moreover, while the need for tax reform is great, it is the tax code itself and not the IRS which is the central problem. hampering its operations will only complicate affairs in the near term without accomplishing deeper, permanent reforms.
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    Yes. Nothing is a 100% but this particular agency deals with touchy matters, so yeah. This has no bearing on their character on an individual basis and it can be hard to separate the two. In the end, when working for this dept. you should have your act together before going after others for not having theirs together. Plus, it will make them more knowledgable and professional in this sensitive field.
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    Obviously, if not, they would be the most hypocritical government agency, and that's saying something.
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    The IRS really needs to be abolished entirely.
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    I don't see why any of this is your business
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    This is a waist of time and money. 500 thousand dollars to make sure an agency that is 99% non-tax-delinquent is completely non-tax-delinquent is ridiculous! Let's spend our money on fixing loopholes revealed by the Panama papers instead of this pettiness!
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    Unless they can have this bill apply only to upper management I'm saying no.
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    No, just like SCOTUS shouldn't stop trying to hire a replacement justice because the old men in the GOP-led senate don't want a democrat involved.
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