WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1562 and H.R. 1563, legislation to safeguard taxpayers:

“Today is a day many of us dread.  It is Congress’s responsibility to ensure that the federal government spends tax dollars wisely and the IRS treats all taxpayers equally.  As such, we passed multiple IRS reform and oversight bills on tax day.  For example, in order to remain eligible for employment, federal employees must be in good standing with the IRS.  Likewise, companies bidding for federal government contracts should be disqualified if they have hundreds of thousands of dollars in delinquent tax debt.  Private employers and businesses run credit checks on prospective employees and business clients to protect their earnings, why shouldn’t the federal government do the same?”

H.R. 1562, the Contracting and Tax Accountability Act, would prohibit federal agencies from awarding contracts or grants above the simplified acquisition threshold (currently set at $150,000) to persons or companies that have seriously delinquent tax debt.  The Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act, H.R. 1563, would provide that persons having seriously delinquent tax debts shall be ineligible for Federal employment.  In addition to these common sense bills, the House also passed the following IRS reform bills:

•              H.R. 1058, Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)

•              H.R. 709, Prevent Targeting at the IRS Act, Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH)

•              H.R. 1026, Taxpayer Knowledge of IRS Investigations Act, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA)

•              H.R. 1314, Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations the Right to Appeal Act, Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA)

•              H.R. 1152, IRS Email Transparency Act, Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX)

•              H.R. 1295, IRS Bureaucracy Reduction and Judicial Review Act, Rep. George Holding (R-NC)

•              H.R. 1104, Fair Treatment For All Gifts Act, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)