Written by Don Byrd
In response to the IRS scandal over politically motivated tax audits, an Ohio Congressman is proposing a new law that would criminalize such behavior. Rep. Mike Turner’s (R-OH) legislation would make a felony any IRS discrimination on the basis of religious or political viewpoints or expressions.
IRS employees are already prohibited from targeting anyone for their political or religious beliefs, but the harshest penalty for it under current law is termination.
Turner’s bill would make the criminal penalty for such actions a $5,000 fine, up to five years in prison or both — the same penalties that a member of the president’s cabinet would face for these kinds of actions.
You can read the bill (via The Hill) here.