By Robert W. Wood, Forbes
Positive feelings for the IRS may be at a low point right now, as the nation licks its collective tax wounds. Most Americans recognize that we have to have taxes, and that someone must collect them. But that is probably where sympathy or understanding for the IRS’s role ends. A raft of scandals involving the IRS, poor and even evasive responses to Congress, bungled approaches to security, and a seeming diffidence to the public and concerned legislators have not won the IRS any friends. For Republicans, the IRS Commissioner has been a lightning rod they still grumble about impeaching.
To add insult to injury, the IRS admitting that it encourages illegals to steal Social Security Numbers makes some people wonder who the IRS works for. Republicans in particular haven’t forgotten, and they have been moving–not exactly quietly–to hit the IRS where it hurts. Two anti-IRS bills have passed the full House, which come on the heels of the House Committee on Ways and Means voting to pass four pieces of legislation to make the IRS more accountable. Will these bills actually get passed? Two have already passed the full house.