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In this episode of the weekly Budget & Tax News podcast, managing editor and research fellow Jesse Hathaway is joined by U.S. Rep. Pete Roskam (R-IL), the sponsor of the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act.
The bill, just recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, seeks to reduce government employees’ temptation to use the power with which taxpayers have entrusted them to win political battles.
Given recent government audits revealing IRS’ refusal to take steps to protect taxpayer data from hackers, both domestic and foreign, Roskam explains how his bill guards against the abuse of government power and the threat of data breaches, by acknowledging that collecting the identities of donors to private organizations does not promote IRS’ primary function of revenue collection.