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Law allowing taxpayers to use same excuses as IRS introduced in House

In a move a Texas lawmaker claims is a serious attempt to give American taxpayers an opportunity to enjoy the same "freedoms" as government leaders and their underlings, a new bill was introduced in the House of Representatives that gives Americans the legal right to use the same excuses that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) uses.

Rep. Stockman (right) with fellow Texan, Rock musician and singer Ted Nugent.
Courtesy Stockman for Congress

According to legislation introduced by Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, taxpayers will give the IRS same excuses without consequences that IRS officials have given in testimony before congressional committees. For example, the IRS reported "losing" two years (2009-2011) worth of emails sent and received by former IRS executive Lois Lerner without anyone being held accountable. According to IRS regulations, taxpayers must have seven-years worth of documentation should an auditor require them for a tax audit or other legal action.

Under Rep, Stockman's proposed law -- HR 635; "The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act" -- taxpayers will be permitted to use same "dubious excuse" that the IRS used when two-years worth of documents were lost and couldn't be turned over to House investigators who are probing alleged IRS malfeasance: the targeting of conservative groups especially those with the name Tea Party.

“The United States was founded on the belief government is subservient and accountable to the people. Taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to follow laws [President Barack] Obama's administration refuses to follow themselves,” said Stockman in a press statement. “Taxpayers should be allowed to offer the same flimsy, obviously made-up excuses the Obama administration uses.”

Under Stockman’s bill, taxpayers who do not provide documents requested by the IRS can claim one of the following reasons:

1. The dog ate my tax receipts
2. Convenient, unexplained, miscellaneous computer malfunction
3. Traded documents for five terrorists
4. Burned for warmth while lost in the Yukon
5. Left on table in Hillary’s Book Room
6. Received water damage in the trunk of Ted Kennedy’s car
7. Forgot in gun case sold to Mexican drug lords
8. Forced to recycle by municipal Green Czar
9. Was short on toilet paper while camping
10. At this point, what difference does it make?

The new bill was introduced one week following the IRS's refusal to submit to the House investigators emails from former Exempt Organizations Divison director Lois Lerner that might implicate IRS officials in a conspiracy to illegally target groups of citizens who oppose Obama's political agenda..

The IRS claimed a “computer glitch” has erased the hard drives of all incriminating evidence. The IRS further claimed the hard drives are not available for forensic investigation as they had just been destroyed for recycling.

"While to many, this may appear one congressman's attempt at humor, it is a real fear that Obama is making good on his goal of fundamentally transforming the United States," said political consultant and strategist Michael Baker.

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