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Johnson to IRS: If you do the crime, you will do the time

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Washington, Jun 28, 2013 | comments

U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced H.R. 2557, the “Imprisonment for Tax Targeting of American Act of 2013,” to prevent future targeting of Americans.

Currently, the tax code includes a number of criminal offenses such as the unauthorized release and inspection of tax returns as well as political targeting.  However, jail time for such offenses is optional.  In response to the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) blatant abuse of power by targeting Americans based on their beliefs, Congressman Johnson has introduced legislation that makes jail time mandatory for political targeting as well as other offenses such as the unauthorized disclosure of a tax return. Congressman Johnson is committed to making sure that Americans are never targeted again.  

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Remarks as prepared for delivery

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today on behalf of my constituents of the Third Congressional District of Texas to introduce the “Imprisonment for Tax Targeting of Americans Act of 2013.”

“On May 10th, the IRS admitted to targeting conservative groups.  Worse, our broken tax code does not make jail time mandatory for criminal offenses such as political targeting.

“Mr. Speaker, Americans deserve better. 

“The bottom-line is that the use of the IRS as a political weapon is outrageous and unacceptable.  What’s worse this is the same agency that will be enforcing Obamacare.

“As this blatant abuse of power continues to be fully investigated, this commonsense bill sends a loud and clear message to the IRS: If you do the crime, you will do the time.  No exceptions, no excuses.

“The American people want, need, and deserve to know the truth and have the assurance this never happens again.  This bill is a step in that direction.  I urge my colleagues to join my efforts.”

Click here for full bill text. 

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