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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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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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Bill Activity

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    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
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    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
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    Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
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    Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Ways and Means. H. Rept. 114-499.
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    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 381.
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    Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 687 Reported to House. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Resolution provides for the consideration of H.R. 1206 and H.R. 4885.
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    ORDER OF PROCEDURE - Mr. Smith (MO) asked unanimous consent that the question of adopting a motion to recommit on H.R. 1206 may be subject to postponement as though under clause 8 of rule 20.
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    Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 687.
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    Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Resolution provides for the consideration of H.R. 1206 and H.R. 4885.
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    DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 1206.
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    The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
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    Mr. Kildee moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Ways and Means.
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    DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kildee motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to insert a special rule of applicability which shall not apply for any year if the Federal tax delinquecny rate for either chamber of Congress is greater than the Federal delinquency tax rate for the Dept. of Treasury, as published by the IRS in its Federal Employee/Retireee Delinquency Initiative (FERDI) for the prior year.
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    The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on H.R. 1206, the Chair put the question on adoption of the motion to recommit and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Kildee demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceeding on the motion to recommit until later in the legislative day.
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    Considered as unfinished business.
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    On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 177 - 245 (Roll no. 159).
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    On passage Passed by recorded vote: 254 - 170 (Roll no. 160).
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    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
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    Received in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.
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    Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 434.

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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