Lewis Statement on IRS Operations and Tax Gap Hearing

Mar 20, 2007
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Committee on Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman John Lewis (D-GA) made the following remarks this morning at a hearing examining Internal Revenue Service operations and the Tax Gap:

Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight is holding its annual hearing on IRS operations.  We will examine the current tax return filing season, the tax gap, and the IRS budget.

“I am very pleased to have IRS Commissioner Everson before the Subcommittee for the first time this year.  I look forward to hearing his views on the estimated tax gap of $345 billion.  I am interested in learning whether the IRS’s proposed budget of $11 billion is enough to protect the honesty and integrity of our tax system.

“We have a responsibility to administer our tax laws properly and efficiently in a manner that is fair for all Americans.  Thank you.”