House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles W. Boustany Jr., M.D., (R-LA) today announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen. The hearing will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, in room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building.
The Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, the Honorable John Koskinen, will be the only witness at the hearing. However, any individual or organization not scheduled for an oral appearance may submit a written statement for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing.
John Koskinen was sworn in as the 48th Commissioner of the IRS on December 23, 2013. This will be Commissioner Koskinens first appearance before Congress as Commissioner, allowing for discussion on a wide variety of issues before the IRS that affect American taxpayers. The hearing will focus on the ongoing investigation of IRS targeting, the newly proposed regulations concerning 501(c)(4) groups, the backlog of applications for tax-exempt status, IRS responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and improper payments of tax credits.
The IRS became the subject of intense public scrutiny in May 2013 when it was revealed that agency officials used inappropriate criteria in selecting 501(c)(4) tax-exempt applications based on name and policy position. Despite the fact that Congressional investigations into the targeting have not concluded, on November 29, 2013, the Obama Administration issued new proposed regulations on 501(c)(4) organizations, the first rule change in more than 50 years. In addition to these concerns, the IRS continues to struggle with an enormous backlog in applications for tax-exempt status. There are now almost 8,000 501(c)(3) applications pending at the IRS that are more than a year old.
The hearing will also examine the IRSs role in the income and data certification functions related to the ACA. These new responsibilities come at a time when the agency is also under scrutiny for its failure to address the growth of improper payments. Over the last ten years, the IRS erroneously made an estimated $140 billion in improper payments arising from refundable tax credits. Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the largest refundable tax credit, consistently ranks among the top sources for erroneous payments out of all government programs. Last year, 21 to 25 percent of EITC payments were erroneous, costing American taxpayers as much as $13.6 billion.
In announcing the hearing, Chairman Boustany said, The IRS carries out the critical function of collecting federal revenuethis is why it is alarming that its priorities have gone so far astray. Improper payments and identity theft continue to be major challenges for the agency and yet the IRS devotes more than 800 employees and millions of dollars to ObamaCare implementation. It has acknowledged targeting groups based on their personal beliefs, but now is using that scandal to justify new proposed regulations that will silence the very groups that were abused. The problems at the agency are many, and they are diverse, but what they all have in common is it will be up to Commissioner Koskinen to begin correcting them.
FOCUS OF THE HEARING:
The hearing will focus on a variety of issues facing the IRS, including the ongoing investigation into the IRSs targeting of certain tax exempt organizations, proposed regulations regarding 501(c)(4) groups, IRS responsibilities under the ACA, the 501(c)(3) backlog, and improper payments.
Hearing began at 9:30 am
Notice of hearing link
Now if we can just keep Bonehead out of the way!
Unions dominate the IRS.
Felons? [crickets ... What difference does it make?]
They don’t even know how many withheld.
[crickets ... What difference does it make?]
There is no REAL oversight.
IRS vs conservatives?
Koskinen lies to Congress says records were
destroyed, when Congress knows that is not true.
Where the conservatives audited?
“Yes, but they deserved it for other reasons.”
Again. Zero transparency. Zero accountability.
Appreciate all who give play by play for those who can’t access for
One reason or another
The IRS Commissioner says he knows nothing,
has had no interest in anything (past corruption)
and that the agents were “confused”.
He lies to Congress thinking (and knowing) that
most of them are FOOLS.
His goals is to remain this secret, as he keeps
changing the subject saying he will investigate NOTHING.
Americans are screwed, just like with ObamaCARE.
Outstanding Requests from Congress are still ignored.
Public trust is GONE.
No compliance by IRS to Congress.
No interest in accountability OR transparency.
Most of the Congressional chairs are empty.
The EXEMPT could not care less.
It is the IRS-Unions-DNC-criminalIllegals
vs. Americans and the Tea Party
Windbag. He could play the oboe.
if obama sent tea partyers to the gulags the republicans still would be to afraid to say boo about it.
Was this IRS Bozo under oath? If not, the entire hearing was a waste of time and, more importantly, taxpayer dollars.