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RADIO FREE BRAT: Cong. Brat Calls for the IMPEACHMENT of the IRS Commissioner!

While we in Hanover and New Kent are behind the lines, I will try to keep you informed – from a Brat campaign email:

Dear Elwood,

Last week, the Senate Finance Committee heard testimony from IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who stunned members with his admission that the IRS looks the other way when illegal aliens use stolen social security numbers to file tax returns.

Mr. Koskinen stated that when people fraudulently use Social Security numbers to get a job, and then file taxes using their IRS-issued individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITIN), the IRS is only concerned whether taxes are paid — not about people in the U.S. illegally, committing identity fraud.

Oftentimes, the Social Security numbers are borrowed from friends with permission, he told the committee, and, although the IRS is aware that the tax returns contain false W-2 information, the IRS proceeds to process the returns normally. Incredibly, this highly placed federal official then went on to say that the agency does not even bother to notify the people whose social security numbers have been abused!

BUT Brat was on the case (cite:  PJ Media):

Brat sought to clarify comments Koskinen made in a recent Senate hearing about illegal immigrants using someone else’s Social Security number to work and an individual tax identification number to file a tax return.


“Should any agency go along with what it knows to be illegal activity?” Brat asked.

“Our responsibility is the administration of the tax code and it’s been made clear that not everybody who has an ITIN as it’s called is an illegal alien –for some reason they can’t get a Social Security number. And so the tax code is set up and our enforcement is that people who are earning money have an obligation to pay taxes, and we do everything we can to make sure they pay those taxes,” Koskinen said.

“To the extent that to get the employment they have borrowed or somehow gotten a Social Security number, that’s not a jurisdiction we have. In other words, our responsibility is to make sure they pay their taxes,” he added.

So Brat comes out this with:

Mr. Koskinen must be removed as head of the IRS

This admission by the IRS Commissioner is another example of why I and 62 other members of the House have signed on to a Resolution calling for Mr. Koskinen’s impeachment due to the repeated breach of his basic fiduciary duties.

I can understand the IRS’ dilemma but there must be a better way than placing people’s personal info at risk.  Cong. Brat is taking a bold stand.  Read my next post if you want to consider a protest at the polls about losing our beloved Representative.


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

One Response to “RADIO FREE BRAT: Cong. Brat Calls for the IMPEACHMENT of the IRS Commissioner!”

  1. robert shannon

    One more example of why the IRS should indeed be abolished as soon as practically possible. Eliminate the Income Tax in it’s entirety and go to a plain vanilla sales or value added tax that taxes consumption and not income. The cost of compliance, both for individuals & business has become absurd.

    Multiple Studies have shown this is a much more efficient tax system, with the underground economy tax losses ( estimated into the hundreds of billions annually ) eliminated. No more avoidance, everyone pays.

    Key to this that has been correctly noted by others is to Amend the U.S Constitution so that Congress can not bring the Income Tax back from the dead , after they implement a consumption/sales tax. Otherwise we end up with both the Income Tax and a Consumption/Sales tax. The economic benefit in terms of unlocking America’s productive nature would be breathtaking. Taxing any form of income, to include corporate income is simply stupid on it’s face.

    Odd how the IRS has the resources and time to track applications by non-profit political advocacy groups , scrutinizing every minute detail of their applications but can’t be bothered to address what is clearly criminal conduct on several fronts. The Commissioners resignation ……he should indeed be prosecuted for the laws that were broken by a Federal Agency ignoring clear criminal conduct. His excuse that it doesn’t fall under his jurisdiction is laughable if it were not for the genuine harm done to anyone who’s identity may have been stolen or compromised.

    Congressman Brat is one of the most intelligent people in DC, has the integrity to address this without concern for the political fallout it carries and the impeccable background as an Economist who understands it in the most comprehensive manner. The right guy in every sense of the word to spearhead badly needed reforms.

    Bob Shannon King William


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