IRS Needs Commission Bosses: Report

John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), swears in to a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on July 23, 2014.

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John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), swears in to a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on July 23, 2014.

House Republicans are so sick of dealing with Internal Revenue Service commissioners that they want to get rid of the job entirely.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen should be replaced by a bipartisan commission, according to a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee staff report.

“The IRS needs internal controls – such as the checks and balances generated by a multi-member, bipartisan structure – to help thwart future transgressions and ensure timely awareness and response to any misconduct,” the report says.

That is one of 15 recommendations from the committee staff designed to prevent the agency from interfering in politics.

Democrats aren’t thrilled.

“If you believe there is too much political activity at the IRS,” Rep. Danny Davis of Illinois said at a hearing today. “I don’t see how increasing the number of political appointees will help.”

 

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