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Unemployment Insurance Fraud

Less than $1 billion has been recaptured of the total taxpayer dollars lost in improper UI payments over the course of the pandemic, according to testimony from the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Inspector General Larry Turner, who also raised the “low-end” estimate of the total losses from $87 billion to $163 billion. Outside experts say the number could be as high as $400 billion.

While Republican Committee Members have sounded the alarm on COVID-related fraud for more than a year, the Biden Administration has no idea how many tax dollars have been lost to fraud or improperly paid.

Ways and Means Republicans Seek Answers on Hundreds of Billions in Fraudulent Unemployment Benefits

February 08, 2023 — Press Releases

Washington, DC - After President Biden once again declared “the watchdogs are back” during the State of the Union yesterday, a hearing on unemployment insurance fraud convened by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08) revealed that the federal government still does not know exactly how much money was stolen by criminals in ...

Chairman Smith Opening Statement:  The Greatest Theft of Taxpayer Dollars – Unchecked Unemployment Fraud

February 07, 2023 — Opening Statements

WASHINGTON, DC – House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08) shined a spotlight today on how Democrats, at every turn, blocked investigations into the greatest theft of taxpayer dollars in American history. In the new majority, Republicans are investigating what exactly is being done or not done to determine the size, scope, and severity of ...

Republicans Vow to Hold the Government Accountable

November 07, 2022 — 'Inflation Reduction Act'

In a series of letters to top officials, Ways and Means Republicans have laid the groundwork for an onslaught of investigations into the Biden Administration’s abuses of power. The Committee will track down the waste of taxpayer dollars, fight for transparency, and hold the Administration accountable for its unprecedented executive overreach. Here’s how Republican Leader ...

Brady Seeks Info About IRS Tax Credit Mailers Given Suspicious Political Timing and Potential for Fraud

November 07, 2022 — 'Inflation Reduction Act'

With less than a month before the 2022 midterm elections, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sent a mailer to 9 million Americans informing them that they may be eligible to apply for tax credits. The IRS also took the unusual step of extending the typical deadline for such filing by a month. The timing of the mailers seems both “suspicious” and “political” – especially given that ...