Protecting South Floridians from Unfair Audits, Ros-Lehtinen Co-Sponsors Bill Criminalizing Political Targeting by the IRS

Jan 10, 2014

Protecting South Floridians from Unfair Audits, Ros-Lehtinen Co-Sponsors Bill Criminalizing Political Targeting by the IRS

“The IRS should be an impartial agency dedicated to enforcing our nation’s tax laws, not a bureaucratic agency specializing in political witch hunts. We must be vigilant in order to ensure every audit is based on a tax reason, not an individual’s political opinion.”

Miami, Florida – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced her co-sponsorship of the Taxpayer Nondiscrimination and Protection Act, H.R. 1950, in order to protect the American taxpayer. This bill, introduced by Rep. Michael Turner of Ohio with 106 co-sponsors, is aimed at preventing the sort of politically motivated targeting of taxpayers that has occurred and is thus far unchecked by the Administration. In addition to prohibiting making a taxpayer the target of an audit solely based on political opinion or affiliation, this bill also imposes a penalty of a fine and up to five years imprisonment.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Any targeting of American citizens for audits for any reason other than a legitimate, good faith belief of tax evasion is unacceptable.  Our country is based on the principles of freedom of speech, expression, and the rule of law. The IRS should be an impartial agency dedicated to enforcing our nation’s tax laws, not a bureaucratic agency specializing in political witch hunts. We must be vigilant in order to ensure every audit is based on a tax reason, not an individual’s political opinion.”