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Chairman Roskam Announces Hearing on “Protecting Small Businesses from IRS Abuse, Part II”

May 18, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) today announced that the Subcommittee will hold a follow-up hearing to “Protecting Small Businesses from IRS Abuse,” where members examined how the Internal Revenue Service wrongly used its authority to seize taxpayer dollars and harm small businesses. Despite continued oversight, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have failed to answer the Subcommittee’s questions about how they will help those who were hurt by the agencies’ former policies. At the hearing next week, Members will hear from people whose bank accounts were seized years ago and who are still trying to get their money back. Members will also hear from the IRS and DOJ about what the agencies are doing to address IRS abuse and help those who have been harmed by it. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 9:30 AM in room B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Upon announcing the hearing, Chairman Roskam said:

“When this Subcommittee learned the IRS took money from taxpayers based on shaky allegations and speculation, we issued a bipartisan call for action. We asked the IRS and Department of Justice to review all cases in which they may have inappropriately seized taxpayers’ bank accounts. Despite admitting wrongdoing, the IRS and DOJ still refuse to review all these cases, and innocent taxpayers and small business owners are paying the price. These agencies must be held responsible and explain to the American people what they are doing to restore our trust in the government and our justice system.”