Ways and Means to Discuss IRS Restructuring

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… Read more »

IRS Budget Stays at $11.1 Billion in Senate Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee has proposed to set the IRS budget for fiscal year 2018 at $11.1 billion, matching the funding level in the House bill passed earlier this year. As with previous budget allocations, the Senate Appropriations funding includes stipulations that the IRS cannot use funding to target certain groups for regulatory scrutiny –… Read more »

Koskinen Urges Congress to Adequately Fund IRS

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen gave a farewell news conference earlier this week and bluntly said Congress is to blame for many of the agency’s shortcomings because it failed to provide adequate funding. “I don’t want anybody to say they weren’t warned,” Koskinen told reporters. “I have not been shy. I have been concerned with funding… Read more »

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IRS Chief’s Term Ends Next Month

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who survived years of scathing criticism from congressional Republicans, will leave his post on his own accord when his term expires next month. Koskinen was tapped by President Obama in 2013 to reform the IRS after the agency was accused of unfairly scrutinizing conservative groups’ applications for tax-exempt status. Republican lawmakers… Read more »

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House Republicans Urge Trump to Fire IRS Chief

Fifteen Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee this week called on President Trump to fire IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for his “numerous shortcomings.” The call for Koskinen’s removal came just as the IRS chief was scheduled to testify about the tax-filing season before the Senate Finance Committee and less than two weeks before… Read more »