IRS Should Use a Huge Funding Boost to Fix Tons of Existing Problems

IRS Should Use a Huge Funding Boost to Fix Tons of Existing Problems

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) joined his colleagues on the Republican Senate Finance Committee, led by Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), in a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig, stating: requesting detailed plans for how the agency will spend the massive injection of $80 billion in mandatory funding recently awarded under the Inflation Reduction Actincluding how it will resolve existing issues while meeting the critical need for improved customer service, transparency and accountability.

Instead of vague plans so far outlined by the Treasury, the senators are asking for detailed information about how the IRS:

  1. Prioritize tax authorities;
  2. Protect against biased targeting;
  3. Protect taxpayers’ privacy;
  4. modernize technology; and
  5. Track and publish timely and reliable reports to establish comprehensive transparency and accountability, enabling meaningful independent oversight.

From the letter:

On prioritizing taxpayer services:

“…In 2021, taxpayers waited a long time for their refunds, and about 250 million calls to the IRS went unanswered. Millions of taxpayers shouldn’t have to wait more than a year for their refunds or spend days trying to connect with the IRS. The situation is particularly dire for millions who face 40 years of high inflation and need their tax refunds to support their families. . . . The IRS should use its additional funding to prioritize clearing the backlog of returns and correspondence and effectively pay the taxpayers who owe a refund.”

On protecting taxpayers from biased targeting:

“Americans must have confidence that the government is enforcing the law, regardless of political beliefs, religion or party affiliation. Compared to other government agencies, the IRS has a broad and powerful reach in the everyday lives of Americans. The American people have a right to expect the IRS to exercise its power in a fair, neutral and impartial manner. There must be no trace of religious or political bias or bias; the IRS must take this responsibility seriously.”

On protecting taxpayer privacy:

“The IRS must keep tax information secure to maintain its confidentiality. The Tax Information Protection Act is based on sound principles that have emerged from negative experiences with the misuse of tax information.

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