WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), in response to reports that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unfairly targeted conservative groups, yesterday became an original cosponsor of the Taxpayer Nondiscrimination and Protection Act of 2013 introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
“The recent reports of political gamesmanship coming from this administration are disturbing, unethical, and if true, illegal,” said Inhofe. “If there are IRS personnel who are found to have been driving this initiative, then they are criminals and should be prosecuted as such. No administration should ever use the bureaucracy to play political games or silence opposition. This is the United States of America, not the third world.”
The Taxpayer Nondiscrimination and Protection Act of 2013 would strengthen current laws by making it a crime for an IRS employee to target an individual or group for investigation or audits based upon their beliefs.
Sen. Inhofe also signed a letter to President Obama from all 45 Republican Senators that highlights the findings of a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and calls for the administration to fully cooperative with the investigations.
Read more about the Taxpayer Nondiscrimination and Protection Act of 2013 here.