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Republican Party Platform Calls for the IRS to be Abolished


Posted on July 31, 2016

On July 18, 2016, the Republican Party platform was adopted by the Republican National Convention which included the following:

  • Simplifying the tax code and reducing corporate tax rates, a recurring Republican goal
  • If the tax code is simplified, “the IRS becomes obsolete and can be abolished.”
  • States that the IRS is an “ideological attack dog for the worst elements of today’s Democratic Party” and is “toxic.”
  • Endorses the First Amendment Defense Act which, if enacted, would prohibit the IRS from revoking a religious organization’s tax-exempt status because of its tenets regarding same-sex marriage.  This legislation would essentially opposes the Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015.
  • The repeal of the Johnson amendment which prohibits tax-exempt churches from engaging in political activity.
  • The impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen arising from the allegation that he “has lied to Congress, hidden evidence and stonewalled investigations.”

We believe that the GOP’s position on the IRS is nearly unheard of by a major political party in a formal national convention platform.  Some would even consider these platform planks to be even radical.  What do you think?

Do you owe the IRS back taxes or are you currently under audit, contact Chicago tax lawyer Patrick T. Sheehan and Associates today for a consultation. 


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