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Mullin Votes for Series of Bills to Rein In the IRS

Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) voted for a series of bills this week that will help rein in the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and hold the Obama administration accountable to Oklahomans.

“We’ve seen the IRS spend millions of taxpayer dollars without permission, hire people who don’t pay their taxes or have a known history of misconduct, and give bonuses to employees who aren’t doing their jobs,” said Mullin. “This week, I voted for four bills that would stop all of these things from happening.”

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a series of bills aimed at holding the IRS accountable to U.S. taxpayers:

  1. The IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending (OWES) Act of 2016 (H.R. 4885) requires the IRS to deposit all user-fees it collects into the general fund of the Treasury, instead of depositing the fees into an agency slush fund that could be spent without Congressional approval.
  2. The No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act (H.R. 1206) prohibits the IRS from hiring an employee who has a serious delinquent tax debt.
  3. The Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act of 2015 (H.R. 3724) ensures the IRS cannot rehire any person who was previously removed from the agency for misconduct. 

The House also passed a bill that bans the IRS from awarding bonuses to its employees until the Secretary of the Treasury develops and implements a comprehensive customer service strategy. This bill, H.R. 4890, was developed after a report from the Taxpayer Advocate showed that the IRS answered only 37 percent of customer calls during the 2014 filing season, compared to 71 percent of calls in the 2013 filing season.

“Like so many federal agencies, the IRS has grown out of control,” Mullin added. “This week, we were able to pass several important bills that will rein in this agency and hold Washington bureaucrats accountable to Oklahomans.”

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