Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08) blasted the Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday following a series of reports released by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) this summer showing the IRS is failing to treat all taxpayers the same, to protect their private information, or to provide a basic level of service.
“The IRS continues to live down to expectations as the least trustworthy agency in our federal government,” said Chairman Smith. “The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s reports from this summer highlight a disturbing pattern of neglect, abuse, and downright incompetence at the agency charged with collecting trillions of dollars in federal tax revenue, and more importantly, protecting the private, sensitive information of millions of American taxpayers.
“While President Biden has been focused on funding an army of IRS agents to audit Americans and squeeze them out of more of their hard-earned money, we have learned that the IRS lost millions of taxpayers’ data and potentially destroyed over 30 million tax records. But according to TIGTA’s reports, that was just the tip of the iceberg. The Ways and Means Committee will continue to conduct rigorous oversight and demand accountability at this agency. The IRS must be held to a higher standard for the American people.”
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