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Republicans Pass More Anti-IRS Legislation During Tax Week

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By    |   Friday, 22 Apr 2016 02:34 PM

Republicans in Congress furthered their longstanding battle against the IRS this week, dubbing it "IRS Week" to commemorate two things: the April 18 tax filing deadline and more anti-IRS legislation.

According to The New York Times, Republicans have slashed the IRS' budget by almost $1 billion in the last five years, which has resulted in 17,000 jobs being cut. Congress passed six new anti-IRS bills this week — including one that stipulates no one at the agency can receive a bonus until its customer service gets better.

Supporters of the IRS, however, say they are frustrated with Republicans' actions.

"I'm appalled, that's all I can say," tax layer Lawrence B. Gibbs told the Times. Gibbs served as the IRS commissioner from 1986 to 1989. "It's fine to demonize the IRS. It has always been a target. Listen, that goes with the job.

"And if we're going to create a disrespect for our tax revenue system, I look at it and say I just don't think it's in our country's best interest."

Fuel was added to the anti-IRS fire when it was alleged in 2013 the agency unfairly targeted conservative, tax-exempt groups

Still, defenders of the IRS say the agency is a necessary piece of the United States government. Without it, collecting taxes would be an enormous challenge.

The GOP's legislation has drastically reduced its budget, which has led to fewer audits. The Times reports 5,000 agents, officers, and investigators have been let go in the last five years.

"We know the cases that we can't deal, the audits that we can't complete, because we just don't have enough people," IRS commissioner John Koskinen told the Times. "If we had more resources, we'd collect more money, but we'd also pursue more of the fraudsters."

On Thursday, tax expert Grover Norquist told Newsmax TV a piece of legislation that would get rid of the 74,000-page U.S. tax code has some legs.

"It's a real piece of legislation with a real chance of passing," Norquist said. "It has more than 130 co-sponsors in the House and what it says is three years from now, the IRS goes away."

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