The Government belongs to the American People
D.C. Thursday April 16, 2015, Representative
Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted on a series of bills to change how the
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) conducts business. These commonsense reforms
will make the IRS more transparent and accountable to the American taxpayer.
The following bills were passed by the House, Thursday:
HR 1058, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights
Act of 2015, would incorporate a taxpayer’s bill of rights into the core
responsibilities of the IRS Commissioner. HR 1058 includes rights to quality
service, to pay no more than the correct amount of tax, to privacy, and to
challenge the position of the IRS.
HR 709, the Prevent Targeting at the
IRS Act, would authorize the IRS to terminate employees who target individuals
based on their political beliefs. This bill would make political targeting a
fireable offense at the IRS.
HR 1104, the Fair Treatment for All
Gifts Act, would ensure fair and equal treatment for Americans who donate to
tax-exempt organizations by codifying the longstanding practice of exempting
these contributions from the gift tax. This bill would shield Americans from
even more burdensome taxes and intrusive scrutiny by the IRS.
HR 1152, the IRS Email Transparency
Act, would prohibit employees of the Internal Revenue Service from using
personal email accounts to conduct official business.
HR 1562, the Contracting and Tax
Accountability Act of 2015, would prohibit federal agencies from awarding
contracts or grants above $150,000 to persons or companies that have seriously
delinquent tax debt.
Cook said, “Every year, Tax Day is a reminder that
Americans deserve a government that is efficient, effective, and accountable.
The IRS fails to deliver on all these fronts. I voted for these reforms today
to drive home the message with Washington bureaucrats that the government
belongs to the American people and is accountable to the American people.”
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A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs
Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a
Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the
Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.
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