The House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee has scheduled a hearing Dec. 13 to discuss ways to restructure the IRS.

Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Vern Buchanan (R-FL) said he is working on legislation that could be introduced next year that would make changes to the agency. Congressional Republicans have cut the IRS budget by nearly 20 percent since 2010, penalizing the agency in particular for improperly scrutinizing tax-exempt applications by conservative groups several years ago. Buchanan was not specific about any changes he would like to see at the agency but said he wants to improve the taxpayer experience.

“As we work to reform the IRS, our top priority is to improve the experience for hardworking American taxpayers,” Buchanan said. “Taxpayers deserve prompt, courteous and competent help when they contact the IRS. This hearing is an opportunity to hear about the challenges currently facing the IRS and steps we can take in our bipartisan reform efforts to ensure the agency is adequately serving taxpayers.”

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