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The IRS Fired Agents for Snooping, Then Re-Hired Them!

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Posted by Matthew Adams on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017, 2:34 PM PERMALINK

The IRS has a long history of taxpayer abuse and utter incompetence, and the latest Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report shows this is still the case. Throughout January 2015 to March 2016, the IRS rehired more than 200 employees who were previously employed by the agency, but fired for previous conduct or performance issues.

One would hope that the tax collecting arm of the federal government would hire employees of the upmost character and work effort “given the substantial threat of identity theft and the magnitude of sensitive information that the IRS holds”.  In the hopes of ensuring that the IRS holds themselves to high standards, and exposing them when they don’t, TIGTA audits the IRS and makes policy recommendations, compiling their findings in reports submitted to Congress.

According to their report:

  • 86 of the 213 employees rehired were previously fired for abuse of absence/leave, workplace disruption, or a failure to follow instructions
  • “27 former employees failed to disclose a prior termination or conviction on their application, as required, and were rehired by the IRS”
  • Four former employees were rehired after they “separated while under investigation for unauthorized accesses to taxpayer information”
  • “One rehired employee had several misdemeanors for theft and a felony for possession of a forgery device”
  • “Another rehired employee had threatened his or her co-workers”
  • A number of other rehired employees “willfully failed to meet their Federal tax responsibilities”

 

Prior TIGTA reports identified the same issue at hand in years past, but found that despite pressure for reform, the IRS did not update any hiring procedures, resulting in another year of continued practices of hiring incompetent employees, setting the stage for taxpayer neglect and abuse.

Much in line with their track record of targeting conservative media outlets, and their destruction of a hard drive containing 24,000 Lois Lerner emails, they have yet again failed to show taxpayers the respect they deserve, refusing to improve their rampant disregard for the law. One must hope that the next TIGTA report shows some degree of progress, however unlikely that may be. 

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Grover Podcast: The U.S. Senate Should Repeal all Obamacare Taxes

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Posted by Matthew Adams on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, 5:32 PM PERMALINK

On this week’s episode of The Grover Norquist Show, Grover discusses one of the biggest issues on the GOP’s summer legislative agenda, Obamacare repeal.

Grover Norquist: “Talk to your Congressman and Senators if you see them and say: “Hey, are you gonna get rid of all the Obamacare taxes or just some? … Because they all really did say that they would get rid of all of these taxes”

To make good on repeal, Congress should eliminate the nearly 20 Obamacare taxes that equate to roughly $1 trillion dollars pulled straight from the pockets of American families and businesses.

In hopes of accelerating this process, 47 free market groups and activists recently signed onto a letter urging Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to eliminate all of the Obamacare taxes. The coalition letter can be found here: 47 Conservative Groups and Activists: The Senate Should Repeal All Obamacare Taxes

To learn more, listen to Grover’s latest podcast and be sure to subscribe to the weekly Grover Norquist show to stay updated! 

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The Marketplace Fairness Act: a Huge Internet Sales Tax

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Posted by Matthew Adams on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, 9:47 AM PERMALINK

Failed Vice-Presidential nominee, Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) has reintroduced a bill, the Marketplace Fairness Act (S.976), in the U.S. Senate that would impose an internet sales tax on Americans. Under the proposed legislation, states would be able to tax across their borders, and businesses would become tax collectors beholden to the states.

As it stands, you pay no sales tax when purchasing from a business that has no physical presence in your state. But that would change under this latest revenue grab.

This carries a litany of issues. It subjects a business of one state to the tax laws of another state- one they have no political representation in. What happened to no taxation without representation?

It shifts the tax burden onto businesses as they would now have to collect a sales tax in these types of transactions and report and file to dozens of other states. This all results in taking even more money out of your pocket. 

Worst of all, it discourages tax competition and business incentives amongst the states, and instead encourages higher tax rates.

While presented as a protector of America’s small businesses, the bill would only subject our already struggling mom-and-pop shops to a greater regulatory and tax burden.

If the objective of the bill is to help small businesses, it clearly misses the mark. In fact, it’s clear the bill only serves big box stores wishing to stomp competition, and state and local governments who want more money in the piggy bank to fund big government.

The bill is bad for small businesses and consumers alike, more like the "Marketplace Unfairness Act".

#KilltheBill #NoNetTax

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In Support of Rand Paul and the REINS Act (S.21)

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Posted by Matthew Adams on Monday, May 22nd, 2017, 9:45 AM PERMALINK

A new regulatory killer will soon make its way to the Senate floor.

Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) "Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act" (REINS Act) made it through committee this week, putting our ever-growing bureaucratic behemoth in its sights. 

The REINS Act would reassert Congressional authority over governmental agencies and organizations by requiring every new regulation that will have an annual economic impact over $100 million dollars to be authorized by Congress.

As of late, Congressional Republicans have utilized the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to eliminate Obama era regulations. Signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996, the CRA gives the legislative branch the ability to overrule regulations set by executive agencies. However, Democrats have scrutinized its use, arguing that its current use is not how it was intended. This May, Sen. Corey Booker (D-N.J.) has gone as far as introducing a bill that would repeal the CRA. 

Regardless, the REINS Act sole purpose is to put an end to reckless bureaucratic nonsense, continuing the efforts made by Congress in the past few months. It would undoubtedly reign in the overbearing regulatory mess by mitigating needless spending and opening up our economy to a freer and more productive atmosphere. Between the cost of the regulatory burden, and its negative impact on the free market, the REINS Act is a common sense solution to shrinking the size of government.

Accompanying the REINS Act is the Regulatory Accountability Act which is much less extensive, but takes a step in the right direction, requiring federal agencies to run cost/benefit analyses on new regulations. A floor vote is expected soon.

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