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Smith: Ending Unannounced Visits by IRS Agents Hardly Addresses Problems with IRS Political Targeting and Favoritism

July 24, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced it was ending “most” unannounced visits by revenue officers to homes and businesses, House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08) issued the following statement:

“There’s little reason to cheer the IRS’s recent announcement that it is supposedly ‘ending’ unannounced visits by revenue officers – the agency has yet to provide a full explanation for why it used such disturbing tactics to show up on people’s doorstep and invade their privacy. Americans remain concerned about the agency’s political targeting and favoritism, regardless of whether they announce their visits or not. Tax enforcement that goes after families and small businesses, but tips off President Biden’s family, sounds like it has bigger problems in how it investigates tax crimes.”