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Marco Rubio files amendment to punish IRS agents who leak taxpayer docs

From a press release:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today filed an amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill that would punish Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials who abuse their power by violating the First Amendment rights of the American people. The amendment is based on similar legislation, the “Taxpayer Nondiscrimination & Protection Act of 2013”, introduced by Rubio last week in the Senate and by Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The amendment provides for mandatory termination and criminal liability for IRS employees who knowingly violate the constitutional rights of a taxpayer. The need for the legislation is demonstrated by current reports of the IRS deliberately targeting conservative organizations, and the amendment expressly states that political speech and political expression are protected rights.

“This IRS scandal has destroyed the American people’s confidence in this government institution and exposed the dangers of a large, unaccountable government operating under a President and administration that routinely intimidate and harass their political opponents,” said Rubio. “With every new twist and turn in this IRS scandal, one can’t help but think that this is the type of thing that only occurs in third world countries, not in the United States of America.

“Those responsible for this political targeting at the IRS should face all appropriate punishment available under current law, and all organizations and individuals who engage in political speech and expression should be protected against this kind of discriminatory behavior in the future,” added Rubio.

To view the amendment, click here.

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whasup

Of course, it would be better to just abolish the IRS and the income tax that essentially requires its existence.

sandy Overturf

There are so many public servants breaking the law and the constitution why can't revoke their pensions. In the case of the take over of the Delphi pensions the guilty retired and then testified. Keeping their retirements intact before the deposition. This way they are not penalized for the breaking the law.

Roger Godby

Abolishing the IRS would be optimal, but it is regrettably unlikely. A flat tax, perhaps the 11% Steve Forbes once championed, would be nice. With no loopholes, there is no need for the IRS' hit squads. There would also be far fewer opportunities for Congress' whores to benefit themselves by writing new loopholes at the behest of lobbyists.

Forrest

I'd like to see firing, fines and jail time, so this sounds good to me, but we should also ban all public employee unions, as they are counter to the interests of the public.

Ed

Steve Forbes when running for president in 92 suggested a 17% flat tax. With that said I think 10% is enough, govt has a spending problem not a taxing problem.

10% flat tax with 0 deductions.

I realize there can be arguments made that deductions are good. After all Municipal bonds being tax free (as one example) really help the municipalties not the taxpayer due to the lower interest rate they can pay and still be competitive. But the only way to keep deductions from continuously expanding to favor one constituent or another is to abolish them.

Robby

Too bad the Obamacare law puts the I.R.S. in charge of healthcare as well.

Warlord

If the Amnesty Bill passes, Mr. Rubio can return to Florida to hide in his closet for all this Republican cares. His opinions are not worth a farthing, nor, his political chances in the future.

qman

"Abolishing the IRS is unlikely" yes but let's aim high. FairTax those guys into the private sector! Everyone I know that argues against the FairTax either says 1) it can't be done (but I agree) or 2) well you are outrageously misrepresenting the percentage (quibbling over price).
Go HR25! http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr25

Gene

What a joke, welcome to the laughing stock of the world, It's time for the people to get a grip on themselves and throw these bums out of office,and send them to the gulags in Russia the bunch of comi bastiagis.

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