Congressional oversight of the IRS turns out to mean vastly different things to Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill.
House Republicans have tackled several bills to prevent the IRS from infringing on freedom of speech and targeting conservative groups for harassment.
Other bills passed by the House last week with mostly Republican support would block the revenue collection agency from asking intrusive political questions, limit audits, and prevent the agency from sharing taxpayer data.
Not to be outdone in the upper chamber, Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall issued a demand on Thursday calling for the IRS to rush to the aid of his constituents in rural areas and deliver paper forms so they can pay their taxes.
“Citing the upcoming deadline for Coloradans’ to file their income tax returns, Mark Udall urged the Internal Revenue Service today to swiftly ensure it supplies rural Coloradans with ready access to paper tax forms and other essential resources,” said the statement issued by Udall’s office.
It appears that while some constituents are complaining to their elected officials that the IRS has abused its authority and unfairly targeted conservatives, Udall’s constituents “have raised concerns that the IRS has not provided their local libraries with tax forms and instructions.”
In a stern letter to the IRS, Udall demanded the issue be quickly addressed to ensure that Colorado’s senior citizens, rural residents and those lacking Internet access have the documents they need to file their returns in a timely manner.
“Filing your income taxes is already a complicated process without the IRS failing to provide paper forms to the residents of rural Colorado,” Udall said.
“The IRS needs to ensure that all Coloradans — regardless of where they live — have ready access to the same services as those living in major cities,” Udall said.
The statement from Udall’s office goes on to praise the freshman senator as “a tireless advocate for rural Coloradans.”
We can’t wait to see how Udall’s campaign takes credit for flooding the state with IRS forms.
Or hear how the senator explains to his environmentalist wife Maggie Fox his role in the murder of thousands of trees for the sake of bureaucratic paperwork.