Hearing Focuses on IRS Performance

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson gave a grim assessment of the problems facing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) during a congressional hearing this week. Unsurprisingly, Olson said the 35-day partial government shutdown that ended in late January “could not have come at a worse time for the IRS.” The agency was already facing significant challenges… Read more »

Portman Pushing IRS Overhaul Bill

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said this week he wants to “recreate the momentum” for a major overhaul of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Portman and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced bipartisan legislation last year to reform a number of IRS functions and administrative practices in order to make the agency more responsive and accountable to… Read more »

Neal Cancels Hearing After Mnuchin Declines Invite

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) canceled today’s scheduled hearing on the impact of the partial government shutdown on the upcoming tax filing season after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declined to testify. Ways and Means Democrats are concerned about the IRS’s readiness for tax season given reports that the agency plans to… Read more »

Democrats Concerned About IRS Shutdown Plan

The Treasury Department this week released a new contingency plan to deal with the ongoing partial government shutdown, but Democratic lawmakers have doubts about the agency’s ability to handle the upcoming tax-filing season. Treasury’s shutdown plan provides for 46,000 employees, about 57 percent of the agency’s workforce, to be working during tax-filing season, which begins… Read more »