Hanna wants jail time for IRS agents who target political groups

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna says he is outraged by an unfolding scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service and its targeting of political groups. So he’s taking action that would make such activity a federal crime.

Hanna, R-Barneveld, is an original cosponsor of the Taxpayer Nondiscrimination Act of 2013, a bill aimed at preventing discriminatory misconduct against taxpayers by federal employees or officers.

The congressman from Oneida County is among 29 House Republicans co-sponsoring the bill written by Rep. Maichael Turner, R-Ohio. Under current rules, IRS employees who discriminate can be fired. Under the proposed legislation, such employees would face a criminal penalty of up to five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

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