IRS to Conduct Abortion Audits?

-Submitted by David Drumm (Nal), Guest Blogger

If Republicans get their way that’s a distinct possibility. Under a GOP-backed bill the Internal Revenue Service would be required to police how Americans pay for abortions. Under the Republicans’ “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”, known as H.R. 3, IRS agents would also have to determine if the terminated pregnancy was the result of rape or incest.

H.R. 3 extends the Hyde Amendment which bans federal funding of abortion. The law would forbid using tax credits or tax deductions to pay for abortions. During an audit, the burden of proof lies with the taxpayer, so keep your receipts. Did the Republicans forget about tax refunds?

During an audit, a woman would have to prove that funds from a pre-tax Health Savings Account were not used to pay for an abortion, or the abortion was the result of rape, or incest, or her life was in danger. Ideally that proof would be in the form of a “contemporaneous written documentation.”

Republicans have decided that the money you save due to tax breaks and tax credits isn’t your money after all, it’s the government’s money, and the government’s decision on how it shall be spent.

Aptly put by New York Magazine:

For a political party that sees the IRS like a bunch of jackbooted thugs, the GOP sure is eager to give them a front-row seat to your uterus.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) notices the GOP’s cognitive dissonance:

Even though Republicans say they want government out of our lives, this is the most intrusive governmental act that we’ve probably seen to date in the personal lives of women.

H/T: Nick Baumann, Kevin Drum, The Raw Story.

23 thoughts on “IRS to Conduct Abortion Audits?

  1. You have GOT to be kidding me … I truly am stumped … beyond words … and my whole head is turning red from the anger that’s building up inside …

    If any IRS agent DARE ask me such a personal, intrusive and nonyabusiness kind of question such as this, not only would I TELL him/her where to stick his/her question … I’d SHOW him/her. It would be worth the record …

  2. It’s horrible to be fighting the Taliban on two fronts, but it cannot be denied that we have our very own, self-righteous version clawing its evil way to power in America. I hope people will realize this before the culture wars swamp us once again.

    Trying to remake America in their unctuous,theocratic image appears to be the only reason some Republicans run for office — well, they are very good at keeping their wealthy (and amoral) donors happy, too. I hope, as one writer suggested, that the IRS will patently ignore this directive, if it actually passes — which I doubt will happen.

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