Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) has introduced legislation that would allow taxpayers to make "dubious excuses" for not providing documents to the IRS.
"Taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to follow laws the Obama administration refuses to follow themselves," Stockman said in a statement. "Taxpayers should be allowed to offer the same flimsy, obviously made-up excuses the Obama administration uses."
Under Stockman's bill, taxpayers could claim one of the following 10 reasons for not submitting documents requested by the IRS:
1. The dog ate my tax receipts
2. Convenient, unexplained, miscellaneous computer malfunction
3. Traded documents for five terrorists
4. Burned for warmth while lost in the Yukon
5. Left on table in Hillary’s Book Room
6. Received water damage in the trunk of Ted Kennedy’s car
7. Forgot in gun case sold to Mexican drug lords
8. Forced to recycle by municipal Green Czar
9. Was short on toilet paper while camping
10. At this point, what difference does it make?
Lerner, the former head of an IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups, has become the face of the controversy over the agency's scrutiny of conservative nonprofits applying for tax exemptions.
The House voted 231-187 in May to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress.