People love to hate the Internal Revenue Service. It is a long-standing American tradition.
A lot of folks are even cheering on the sidelines as outgoing Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp leads the charge to impeach the commissioner of the IRS, John Koskinen. If successful, it would be the first time since 1876 that the House will have voted to impeach an appointed official in the executive branch.
Some Republicans in Congress contend Koskinen defied subpoenas and destroyed thousands of emails that should have been turned over for an investigation into the IRS's targeting of tea party groups, and then he lied to Congress about the political quagmire.
But closer to home, people should be ecstatic about the massive IRS center near downtown Kansas City surviving federal cutbacks. The 10-year-old, $370 million beehive-looking structure, which includes the renovation of the former main U.S. Post Office at the west end of Pershing Road, will be one of two national IRS form processing centers that survive after a bunch of closings.
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That’s good news for the 4,400 employees in Kansas City at the center. The facility in Ogden, Utah, also will continue to handle business filings.
The center in Covington, Ky., is to close in 2019; the one in Fresno, Calif., 2021; and Austin, Texas, 2024, The Kansas City Star reports.
Excluding Huelskamp, who happens to be chair of the House tea party caucus, the Kansas City center has strong support from area elected officials in Washington, D.C.
The closings are brought on by budget cuts, which have forced IRS workforce reductions. Processing center consolidation began in 2003 and will continue.
For folks who are no fans of federal income taxes, that is not a bad thing.