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Not above the law: House budget punishes IRS with 15 percent cut

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/18/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Committee to set IRS budget back to 2008 levels

The Internal Revenue Service, or IRS, is a much-feared agency - however, it is not above the law. In retaliation for discriminating against conservative groups that were denied their tax-exempt status, the House Appropriations Committee is set to approve an IRS budget of $10.9 billion. This is $1.5 billion less than President Obama's request for fiscal year 2015. This has effectively reduced the agency's budget to 2008 levels.

The cut has been delivered with a sting in its tail. According to Chairman Hal Rogers 'the bill focuses cuts on lower-priority or poor-performing agencies, such as the scandal-plagued and inefficient Internal Revenue Service.'

The cut has been delivered with a sting in its tail. According to Chairman Hal Rogers "the bill focuses cuts on lower-priority or poor-performing agencies, such as the scandal-plagued and inefficient Internal Revenue Service."

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
6/18/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: IRS, Obamacare, tea party scandal, scrutiny


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to officials, the goal is to keep the tax agency focused on its "core duties." In addition to this somewhat punitive measure, the IRs has been ordered to brake its implementation of Obamacare.

The cut has been delivered with a sting in its tail. According to Chairman Hal Rogers "the bill focuses cuts on lower-priority or poor-performing agencies, such as the scandal-plagued and inefficient Internal Revenue Service."

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The IRS is not alone. The bill funding is part of a larger $21 billion bill for several agencies including the IRS, Treasury Department and Securities and Exchange Commission. The bill removes $2.3 billion from the president's overall request.

The controversy over probing Tea Party and conservative groups, lavish spending on conventions and bonuses and a new push to re-evaluate the tax exempt status of political groups has the Republican-controlled House taking a long, hard look at the IRS. 

Due to the inappropriate actions by the IRS in targeting groups that hold certain political beliefs, as well as its previous improper use of taxpayer funds, the bill includes the following provisions:

There will be a prohibition on a proposed regulation related to political activities and the tax-exempt status of 501(c) (4) organizations. This proposed regulation, many argue could jeopardize the tax-exempt status of many non-profit organizations and inhibit citizens from exercising their right to freedom of speech, simply because they may be involved in political activity.

There will also be a prohibition on funds for bonuses or awards unless employee conduct and tax compliance is given consideration.

There will also be a prohibition on funds for the IRS to target groups for regulatory scrutiny based on their ideological beliefs and a prohibition on funds for the IRS to target individuals for exercising their First Amendment rights.

Most importantly, on ObamaCare; The bill also includes provisions to stop the IRS from further implementing ObamaCare, including a prohibition on any transfers of funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to the IRS for ObamaCare uses, as well as a prohibition on funding for the IRS to implement an individual insurance mandate on the American people.

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