Hern Joins Bill Preventing IRS from Invading Americans Citizens’ Privacy
Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) joined a bill introduced by Representative Drew Ferguson (GA-03), the Prohibiting IRS Financial Surveillance Act, to ban the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from implementing any new reporting requirements for banks or other financial institutions as part of the Biden Administration's aggressive bank surveillance regime. Strong concerns have been raised about individual’s privacy, the IRS's ability to safeguard private bank account information, and undue burdens on families and small businesses.
Every Republican member of the Ways and Means Committee, the chief tax-writing committee in Congress, is an original cosponsor of the legislation.
“At a time when trust in government is at an all-time low, expansion of IRS surveillance power is the last thing that people want,” Rep. Hern said. “Rather than writing a sensible bill that can be responsibly paid for, Democrats have instead produced a bloated socialist wish-list that they say will be paid for by ‘reducing tax fraud.’ What they mean to say is that they will snoop around Americans’ personal finances trying to generate revenue that might not exist. The Federal Government has no right to monitor American citizens’ everyday transactions. I am proud to join this measure and send a clear message to the Biden Administration that Americans do not need this and will not stand for it.”
“The IRS bank surveillance scheme in the Democrats’ ‘reconciliation’ bill is a dangerous threat to our privacy that targets farmers, families and small businesses,” House Ways and Means Republican Leader Kevin Brady said. “Americans should not accept this, nor Speaker Pelosi’s demand to unleash 80,000 more IRS agents on hardworking taxpayers.”
"We should not allow the IRS to invade the privacy of Americans by snooping into their bank accounts,” Congressman Ferguson said. “The Biden Administration and Congressional Democrats have clearly demonstrated their intent to instate a broad financial surveillance regime using Americans’ private financial information. In an attempt to chase down an ill-defined "tax gap" that may not even exist, Democrats are willing to throw caution to the wind, put secure information at risk, and further inflate the unchecked power of the IRS. This IRS surveillance is an invasion of individual’s privacy and with Democrats' history of weaponizing the IRS for their own political gain, it's in every American's best interest that we prevent the use of private financial information for this type of egregious power play.”
“The Biden administration’s disturbing proposal to surveil the bank accounts of everyday Americans is a massive invasion of privacy and sets a dangerous new precedent,” Congressman Buchanan said. “Providing the IRS with unfettered access to peoples’ personal financial information should rightfully scare every American with a bank account. That’s why I’m committed to stopping this frightening new plan dead in its tracks and applaud Congressman Ferguson for championing this important new legislation to do just that.”
“I fully support the Prohibiting IRS Financial Surveillance Act to keep the IRS from monitoring and tracking Americans’ bank transactions,” Congressman Rice said. “The Biden Administration and House Democrats have shown they don’t mind weaponizing the IRS at the expense of our privacy. We must protect Americans’ private information from these overreaching surveillance programs.”
“Democrats' attempt to create a ‘surveillance state’ on the American people is outrageous and a blatant violation of privacy,” Congressman Arrington said. “The IRS has a shocking history of privacy leaks, unacceptable inefficiency, and abuse of power. IRS bureaucrats don't need more power, banks don't need more red tape, and the Americans don't need the government intruding in their lives more than they already do.”
“Like so many Hoosiers, I am appalled by President Biden and the Democrats’ scheme to enable the IRS to snoop on Americans’ bank accounts and infringe on our privacy and security,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “We cannot accept their plan to turn financial institutions in Indiana and across the country into local outposts of the IRS with the sole purpose of reporting Americans’ personal financial account information back to the government. It’s clear that the Democrats are focused on weaponizing the IRS for their own political gain and securing more control over Americans - from cradle to grave. I will continue to oppose this radical agenda and stand up for Americans’ rights and privacy.”
“I join my fellow Ways and Means Republicans in standing against Democrats’ intrusive IRS regime, which violates the financial privacy of American families and small businesses,” Congresswoman Miller said. “We cannot allow the Biden IRS to continue its months-long record of fraud, overreaching power, and disregard for citizens’ personal information. I applaud Congressman Ferguson for introducing this legislation to hold the IRS accountable.”
As part of its “Build Back Better” plan, the Biden Administration has proposed implementing a surveillance regime requiring banks and other financial institutions to provide the IRS details on their customers and data for accounts with deposits or withdrawals worth more than $600.
The bill is cosponsored by 90 members of Congress upon introduction, and every Republican member of the House Ways and Means Committee is an original cosponsor of the Rep. Ferguson’s legislation, including Ranking Member Kevin Brady (TX-08), Representatives Devin Nunes (CA-22), Vern Buchanan (FL-16), Adrian Smith (NE-03), Tom Reed (NY-23), Mike Kelly (PA-16), Jason Smith (MO-08), Tom Rice (SC-07), David Schweikert (AZ-06), Jackie Walorski (IN-02), Darin LaHood (IL-18), Brad Wenstrup (OH-02), Jodey Arrington (TX-19), Ron Estes (KS-04), Lloyd Smucker (PA-11), and Carol Miller (WV-03).