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Turner to Introduce Taxpayer Nondiscrimination and Protection Act(IRS)
TurnerHouse.gov ^ | 5/13/13

Posted on 05/14/2013 4:04:15 AM PDT by EBH

Makes IRS Discrimination a Felony, Legislation Follows Revelation of IRS Targeting Organizations Based on their Political Beliefs

Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10), today will introduce the Taxpayer Nondiscrimination & Protection Act of 2013. The bill would amend Title 18 of the U.S. Code to make it a crime for an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee to discriminate against an individual or group on the basis of their protected rights. In addition, it expressly clarifies that political speech and political expression are protected rights.

“Americans of all political beliefs have been rightly outraged by the revelation of the IRS’ efforts to target certain political organizations. The fact that this could occur with little to no corrective action against those who seek to silence their fellow citizens is unacceptable. That’s why I’m taking immediate action and introducing this bill,” said Turner

Currently, IRS employees who discriminate against taxpayers may be subject to termination. However that is at the discretion of their supervisors. Turner's bill would increase the maximum penalty to a $5,000 fine, 5 years in prison, or both - which is the same maximum penalty for a member of the president's cabinet who directs an employee to take that sort of action.

“Americans should not have to wonder if their government is actively looking to subvert them or their political views. We live in a nation where respect for differing beliefs and a vibrant political discourse play an important role in shaping our government. This is about protecting the rights of all Americans, and their ability to freely express their political thoughts,” added Turner.

The Taxpayer Nondiscrimination and Protection Act of 2013


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: irs; specialprosecutor
Listening to WTAM 1100 in Cleveland this morning and hearing reports that some in Congress are claiming that what the IRS did to target conservatives was not per se illegal.

Of course this statement does seem quite outrageous on so many levels I need some duct tape to hold my head together this morning, but apparently they have to introduce a bill to protect our Rights? And apparently the worst that can happen to them is job termination, big deal?

Although I know under Nixon he was brought down on similar charges and why would they not apply now? In fact why would not some of this be voter intimidation and harassment?

So many transgressions in what the IRS did and this morning's reports claiming that what the IRS was not illegal just seems crazy.

It is like they are already gearing up to tell us, as citizens whose Rights were violated, as victims of the government's abuse of power, as voting blocks subjected to intimidation we have no standing?

Should we just sit back and wait for Congress to investigate or should we already be taking legal action? I know some Tea Party groups are already talking about suing, but ....pass some more duct tape please.....

1 posted on 05/14/2013 4:04:15 AM PDT by EBH
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To: EBH

just abolish it as it’s broken beyond repair.


2 posted on 05/14/2013 4:05:11 AM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: EBH

I want to see treason charges.


3 posted on 05/14/2013 4:10:51 AM PDT by Freeport (The proper application of high explosives will remove all obstacles.)
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To: EBH

Both and sooner or later the irs is gone.

LLS


4 posted on 05/14/2013 4:11:34 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Freeport

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


5 posted on 05/14/2013 4:11:49 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: EBH

Funny, I thought it was already a crime to use the IRS as a political weapon.

These people can run but they can’t hide. They are among us living in the same neighborhoods. They should be very careful where they step. They ARE the enemy.


6 posted on 05/14/2013 4:13:55 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: unixfox

Yeah, I thought it was too? So you can’t imagine my surprise to have heard this brief statement on WTAM this morning!

But, but Turner (R) is one the air claiming they, the IRS, did nothing criminal!


7 posted on 05/14/2013 4:32:36 AM PDT by EBH (Warning this person is a Catholic, Tea Party Patriot, and owns a copy of Atlas Shurgged)
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To: EBH

Did nothing criminal? Hell, the whole organization is a criminal enterprise.


8 posted on 05/14/2013 4:34:43 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: EBH

This is like gun control laws, already on the books. Criminals don’t obey laws.


9 posted on 05/14/2013 4:38:06 AM PDT by Chaguito
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To: unixfox

...unintended consequences...


10 posted on 05/14/2013 4:59:38 AM PDT by castlebrew (Gun Control means hitting where you're aiming!))
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To: EBH

Congress, Closing the barn door after the cow is gone for over 200 years


11 posted on 05/14/2013 5:09:22 AM PDT by globoreally
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To: globoreally

We should remove Income tax.


12 posted on 05/14/2013 5:17:30 AM PDT by Baseballguy (If we knew what we know now in Oct would we do anything different?)
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To: globoreally

I’m trying to understand why we need this new bill/law?

I don’t think there is a barn door to close.

In fact, I view this bill as actually minimizing the violations of the Federal Government.


13 posted on 05/14/2013 5:18:57 AM PDT by EBH (Warning this person is a Catholic, Tea Party Patriot, and owns a copy of Atlas Shurgged)
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" In fact, I view this bill as actually minimizing the violations of the Federal Government. "

Yep. A Republican riding to the rescue to defend the status quo while denying the real problem.

14 posted on 05/14/2013 5:52:19 AM PDT by OKSooner
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To: OKSooner

In fact if you listen carefully to even the media, they keep saying ‘discrimination.’

Not abuse of power, not tyranny (which they’d never day), but ‘discrimination.’

That word doesn’t appropriately convey the depth of the violation of Rights.


15 posted on 05/14/2013 6:01:21 AM PDT by EBH (Warning this person is a Catholic, Tea Party Patriot, and owns a copy of Atlas Shurgged)
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To: EBH

They need to make sure this includes any discrimination in healthcare decisions the IRS will be making.


16 posted on 05/14/2013 6:05:29 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: EBH; P-Marlowe

A fine and penalties didn’t stop it this time, and at other times.

Let’s not kid ourselves. The IRS needs to be fundamentally changed as does our entire tax system.

The very nature of finding out what someone’s income is INVITES abuse.

Better to tax ONLY at point of sale of some purchased item. My private means of securing the income with which I buy anything is then NOT a subject of anyone’s interest.

Their only interest is whether or not the sales tax was paid or not paid. And a receipt will verify that.


17 posted on 05/14/2013 6:08:08 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: EBH
Astute observations, both.

Off to work, have a good day.

18 posted on 05/14/2013 6:26:53 AM PDT by OKSooner
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To: EBH

Do we really need another law saying that breaking the law is illegal?


19 posted on 05/14/2013 6:34:48 AM PDT by CPOSharky (zero slogan: Expect less, pay more. (apologies to Target))
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To: cableguymn

Time for the flat tax. Who can ever trust them again?


20 posted on 05/14/2013 6:55:38 AM PDT by kempster
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To: EBH
I’m trying to understand why we need this new bill/law?

The bill makes it appear that Obama did nothing illegal, and gives this Congress critter a grand-standing platform.

21 posted on 05/14/2013 7:37:37 AM PDT by aimhigh (Guns do not kill people. Abortion kills people.)
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22 posted on 05/14/2013 8:30:53 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: EBH
THE IRS BROKE THE CURRENT LAW!

How is a new law going to help anything?
23 posted on 05/14/2013 9:53:42 AM PDT by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: EBH

make the IRS a non-union shop as a matter of law.


24 posted on 05/14/2013 7:00:41 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Tzimisce

current law has no penalties. it is toothless.

put in a forfeit pension clause and presto ...fear.


25 posted on 05/14/2013 7:05:34 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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