Boustany bill would place checks and balances on IRS

Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) recently introduced legislation that would protect taxpayers and non-profit organizations from being targeted by the IRS for partisan reasons.

“…As a result of the recent investigative work conducted by the House Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight, the need for internal reforms at the IRS is obvious,” Boustany said. “This added layer of security levels the playing field by ensuring the United States court system is now an option available to groups hurt by the IRS. The IRS can no longer allow for appeals to languish within its walls.”

House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) said the committee has determined that “simple and practical reforms” are required to “protect taxpayers and exempt organizations from abuse and to help the IRS stay focused on its core mission.”

“This legislation is a step forward to bringing greater safeguards and transparency to the IRS, and I commend Charles for his hard work to provide a real legislative solution,” Camp said.

Boustany said H.R. 3520 would provide a system of checks and balances to monitor the behavior of unelected IRS officials.

“The abuse of American taxpayers by the IRS must be stopped and this legislation advances that goal,” Boustany said.