We are deep into income tax time, a time of year when most Americans have ill feelings toward the Internal Revenue Service. Our feelings toward the IRS were not helped by the discovery of a scandal at the IRS - and the Obama administration’s response to it. Now Speaker of the House Paul Ryan claims the Republican majority in Congress has brought the IRS under control. We can only hope!
“There is now a codified Taxpayer Bill of Rights hanging at every IRS building across the country. Because of the actions we’ve taken, agency employees like Lois Lerner can no longer use their personal email addresses for official business. Organizations can self-declare their tax-exempt status, and if the IRS rescinds their status, they have the right to appeal.
“As a result of our legislation, if the IRS compromises an organization’s confidential information, it can learn exactly what happened and who is responsible. And finally, political targeting is now a firing offense.
“This is the difference a Republican majority has made, but we still have much more to do.”