Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-LA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight of the Committee on Ways and Means, today announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the 2013 tax return filing season. The hearing will take place on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building, beginning at 2:30 P.M.
The Acting Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Steve Miller, will be the only witness at the hearing. However, any individual or organization not scheduled for an oral appearance may submit a written statement for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing.
In fiscal year 2012, the IRS collected over $2.5 trillion in taxes, processed 146.2 million individual tax returns, and issued $322.7 billion in refunds. With the 2013 tax return filing season concluded, the Subcommittee will review IRS performance with a focus on taxpayer service, taxpayer rights, and refund administration.
In conjunction with the review of the current tax return filing season, the Subcommittee will review IRS operations in general. Specifically, the Subcommittee will consider: (1) the recently reported delays in tax refunds, (2) fairness in examinations and tax administration, (3) efforts to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse, including identity theft, and (4) how implementation of the President’s health care law is affecting the agency’s core mission. As part of its consideration of IRS operations, the Subcommittee will also examine the Administration’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposal for the IRS.
In announcing the hearing, Chairman Boustany said, “Given the challenges and setbacks that have been reported regarding the 2013 tax filing season, the Subcommittee looks forward to hearing from Acting Commissioner Miller about the steps the IRS is taking to assist taxpayers in a timely and efficient manner. The Subcommittee also has an obligation to ensure that taxpayers’ money is spent wisely, and the Subcommittee expects to learn more from the Commissioner about how the IRS intends to allocate its current set of resources to address longstanding problems like fraud, as well as how the IRS is preparing for its role in the implementation of the President’s health care law.”
FOCUS OF THE HEARING:
The hearing will focus on the 2013 tax return filing season, the IRS’ fiscal year 2014 budget request, and IRS operations generally.
DETAILS FOR SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN COMMENTS:
Please Note: Any person(s) and/or organization(s) wishing to submit written comments for the hearing record must follow the appropriate link on the hearing page of the Committee website and complete the informational forms. From the Committee homepage, https://waysandmeans.house.gov, select “Hearings.” Select the hearing for which you would like to submit, and click on the link entitled, “Click here to provide a submission for the record.” Once you have followed the online instructions, submit all requested information. ATTACH your submission as a Word document, in compliance with the formatting requirements listed below, by the close of business on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Finally, please note that due to the change in House mail policy, the U.S. Capitol Police will refuse sealed-package deliveries to all House Office Buildings. For questions, or if you encounter technical problems, please call (202) 225-3625 or (202) 225-5522.
The Committee relies on electronic submissions for printing the official hearing record. As always, submissions will be included in the record according to the discretion of the Committee. The Committee will not alter the content of your submission, but we reserve the right to format it according to our guidelines. Any submission provided to the Committee by a witness, any supplementary materials submitted for the printed record, and any written comments in response to a request for written comments must conform to the guidelines listed below. Any submission or supplementary item not in compliance with these guidelines will not be printed, but will be maintained in the Committee files for review and use by the Committee.
1. All submissions and supplementary materials must be provided in Word format and MUST NOT exceed a total of 10 pages, including attachments. Witnesses and submitters are advised that the Committee relies on electronic submissions for printing the official hearing record.
2. Copies of whole documents submitted as exhibit material will not be accepted for printing. Instead, exhibit material should be referenced and quoted or paraphrased. All exhibit material not meeting these specifications will be maintained in the Committee files for review and use by the Committee.
3. All submissions must include a list of all clients, persons and/or organizations on whose behalf the witness appears. A supplemental sheet must accompany each submission listing the name, company, address, telephone, and fax numbers of each witness.
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