White House Blocks Bills To Boost IRS Integrity

WASHINGTON   – Just as some 5 million Americans are rushing to meet Monday’s tax return deadline, the White House took the unusual step of dumping on three House bills that demand that the IRS improve its integrity.

The Office of Management and Budget, in its “statement of administration policy,” said the bills would hurt the IRS, though they are just in the first stage of consideration.

One bill would block the IRS from hiring any employees until Treasury certifies that no IRS employee has a seriously delinquent debt.

A second would ban bonuses to employees the IRS develops and implements a comprehensive customer service strategy.