White House rejects bills to reform IRS

The White House is opposing four Republican sponsored bills to crack down on Internal Revenue Service operations measures that the House plans to vote on this week

The White House is opposing four Republican-sponsored bills to crack down on Internal Revenue Service operations, measures that the House plans to vote on this week.

The Office of Management and Budget issued a veto threat for one of the bills, which would repeal the IRS’s ability to spend any user fees it collects without authorization from Congress. The White House said the bill would cut the agency’s resources at a time when it is underfunded.

“The IRS needs more resources, not fewer, to deter tax cheats, serve honest taxpayers, and protect taxpayer data,” OMB said.

The administration also said it opposes three other measures aimed at reining in the agency. One bill would block the IRS from hiring more employees until Treasury certifies that no IRS worker has a seriously delinquent debt.

A second measure would ban bonuses to employees until the IRS develops and implements a comprehensive customer service strategy. And the third would ban the agency from rehiring any employee who’d been fired for misconduct.

The White House said those bills “would impose unnecessary constraints on the Internal Revenue Service’s operations without improving the agency’s ability to administer the tax code and serve taxpayers.”