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1:16 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Rep. Massie: Congress Should Share Blame for IRS Scandal

Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie says Capitol Hill lawmakers should take some of the blame for the scandal at the Internal Revenue Service.

The Republican made the charge during a Wednesday hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Massie is a member of the panel looking into the improper IRS scrutiny of conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status.   He says Congress has created tax laws that are misinterpreted and misapplied.  

"We need to look inward," Massie said.    "We have 70,000 pages of tax code, 90,000 employees who work for this bureaucracy.   A lot of this tax code is open to interpretation.  It think it’s ripe for corruption and abuse."

Massie says Congress could help restore public trust by shrinking the size of the IRS and simplifying the tax code.