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Congressman Stephen Fincher

Representing the 8th District of TENNESSEE

Congressman Fincher Introduces the IRS Employee Responsibility Act of 2013

Aug 2, 2013
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               Contact: Elizabeth Lauten
Friday, August 2, 2013                                                            Phone: (202) 225-4714

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Stephen Fincher (R-Frog Jump) today introduced the IRS Employee Responsibility Act of 2013, which requires IRS employees who violate the law to be personally responsible for their own legal fees and for any judgment awarded – the same responsibility that those in the private sector have when they are sued civilly.

“It’s time we held IRS employees accountable the same way folks in the private sector are held accountable,” said Congressman Fincher. “Hardworking American taxpayers should not be responsible for the cost of defending IRS employees who break the law and are sued in a civil suit, and they certainly shouldn’t be responsible for any judgment awarded in a civil suit.

Fincher continued, “Given recent events within the IRS, it’s more important than ever that this bill be passed. Despite what the President has said, the targeting of conservative organizations for extra scrutiny is in fact a real scandal and is simply reprehensible.  The thin line of trust between the individual and their government has been broken and we must work to rebuild it. “

“Simply put, I believe if employees are on the hook for their actions and know there are real consequences, they’ll make better decisions. After all, actions have consequences, and it’s important that the IRS is held to the same standard as the American public.”