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When the IRS calls your house: Why are you not answering the call?

Conservatives are calling on Congress to pass a law that would make it easier for the Internal Revenue Service to call your home without a warrant, so long as the call is related to a tax issue and not a political issue.

In the House of Representatives, Reps.

Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Joe Barton (R.

TX) introduced the Stop the IRS Call Away Kids Clubs Act, which is currently headed to the Senate. 

The bill is named after a number of IRS agents who were accused of abuse in the 1990s, including an officer who allegedly threatened a boy with a machete and the arrest of a woman for calling her home to complain about a domestic violence incident.

The bill is designed to address this problem by requiring the IRS to call home only if a person who has been accused of a crime and whose home is being searched or monitored is found. 

If passed, the bill would give the IRS the power to “take any action, including arrest, that is necessary to obtain information regarding any person who calls home for tax or other tax-related reasons,” and would make the IRS a much more aggressive agent. 

But not all Americans agree that calls to homes are always a legitimate basis for a raid. 

A new report from the National Press Club argues that the IRS is “going beyond the call-taking authority that Congress gave it” in the legislation. 

According to the report, the IRS has “overstated its impact” when it says it has taken over 5 million calls in the past decade. 

“In the past five years, the federal government has received more than 25 million calls from tax payers, according to a new study from the Government Accountability Office,” the report states. 

This is despite the fact that calls have fallen significantly since the late 1990s and a recent study conducted by the Center for Public Integrity found that the number of call-takers actually dropped by over 50 percent between 2000 and 2013. 

Even more alarming, the report also found that while calls to IRS offices have fallen by over half, the agency is only receiving 6 percent of the calls it did a decade ago. 

On top of that, the GAO found that in 2016, only 2.7 percent of all calls were for tax-exempt purposes. 

It is important to note that the GAOs report does not include calls to the IRS from outside of the United States.

The report does include calls from people who are living in the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and other countries. 

So while the bill has the potential to make the United Sates’ government more aggressive, its only going to make it more difficult for those who are already struggling to answer a call from the IRS. 

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