The chairman of the top House investigative panel introduced a measure Wednesday to censure IRS Commissioner John Koskinen — and remove him from office without a pension — in the latest bid by Republicans to pressure him into being more cooperative in their probe of the 2013 IRS targeting scandal.
The IRS came under fire Tuesday on Capitol Hill over fresh concerns that taxpayer information remains at risk from cyber attacks. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was called before the Senate Finance Committee to answer questions about cybersecurity, after a report from the Government Accountability Office flagged “significant” security issues — months after a breach that compromised the files of hundreds of thousands of taxpayers.
Wednesday night Donald Trump’s campaign released a letter from his tax attorneys saying Trump’s tax returns have been “under continuous examination by the IRS since 2002,” citing that as a reason for not releasing his returns to the public.
If you believe this garbage. By the time tax filing season rolls around next year, taxpayers can take comfort in knowing their personal information should be a lot safer than it was this year when hackers stole information from 100,000 taxpayers as disclosed by the IRS earlier this year.
Wednesday, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a Senate committee that his agency has been forced to hang up on six million people who called in seeking help on their taxes, due to budget cuts that Congress has forced on his agency. Koskinen testified in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where he said cuts to his agency in response to the IRS targeting scandal have only hurt taxpayers. He said the average call waiting time is about 30 minutes, and said that only 40 percent of all the calls the IRS gets can be answered.
The IRS’ overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services. And here they throw a fit and threaten when mistakes are made filing taxes.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday, that budget cuts could force the IRS to shut down operations for two days later this year, resulting in unpaid furloughs for employees and service cuts for taxpayers. Koskinen said staff reductions will result in fewer audits and delays in technology upgrades. Koskinen previously announced that some tax refunds could be delayed.
The federal government is continuing to dole out billions of dollars to people who shouldn’t get them. A government watchdog agency said an estimated $106 billion in payments were made in error last year: meaning they were the wrong amount, went to the wrong person or lacked sufficient documentation.