Roskam Applauds National Taxpayer Advocate Report to Congress
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Peter J. Roskam, Chairman of the Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee, released the following statement on the National Taxpayer Advocate’s Annual Report to Congress for 2015.
“Last year was terrible for taxpayers across the country. Even IRS Commissioner John Koskinen called the agency’s performance ‘abysmal.’ Too little has been done to address the IRS’s alarming targeting of taxpayers based on their personal, political, and religious beliefs, and to hold accountable those IRS employees responsible for these abuses. More work must be done to give the American people confidence their taxes are being assessed fairly. More work must be done to streamline and reform IRS operations so taxpayers can receive the help they need to pay their taxes correctly and without undue bureaucratic hassle. ‘Abysmal’ service is simply unacceptable.
"I applaud the National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina Olson, and her team, for their tireless work to stand up for taxpayers’ rights and demand excellence from an IRS plagued by mismanagement and abuse. Today’s report represents a herculean effort to study the challenges ordinary Americans face in interacting with the IRS and present solutions to help resolve these problems. The Ways & Means Committee was successful in passing a number of important reforms to rein in the IRS and improve operations in 2015, and I look forward to continuing to work with Nina to develop additional legislation on these issues in the coming days."
In 2015, Chairman Roskam’s Oversight Subcommittee and House Republicans enacted important IRS reforms, including:
- Requiring the IRS to comply with a Taxpayer Bill of Rights comprising ten essential rights to fairness and good service (a recommendation of the National Taxpayer Advocate since 2007)
- Preventing the IRS from imposing gift taxes on contributions to non-profit organizations, permanently ending an abusive practice to chill political speech
- Prohibiting the IRS from rehiring employees fired for misconduct
- Strengthening tax return identity theft protections and victim assistance
- Ending IRS spending on lavish conferences
Section 7803(c)(2)(B)(ii) of the Internal Revenue Code requires this report to be compiled annually to identify at least 20 of the most serious problems encountered by taxpayers and to make administrative and legislative recommendations to mitigate those problems.
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