Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee requested this week that the IRS maintain all records relating to its decision in 2021 to delete millions of taxpayer forms. They also hinted that if they gain control of the House, a more thorough congressional investigation would follow.
The IRS destroyed 30 million paper “information returns” during the first few months of the Biden administration, which must be filed by small businesses and others to tell the IRS of various transactions. Because the IRS was unable to process the returns due to “technical difficulties,” it was decided to delete them.
Republicans wanted additional details about what transpired, but tax professionals were incensed by the IRS’s decision to delete paperwork that required time and expense to file. The IRS emphasized that no taxpayers would be penalized as a result of its action.
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Republicans last week requested the decision memorandum from the IRS in a letter to IRS commissioner Charles P. Rettig that FOX Business was able to receive. The IRS has so far refused to provide it.
According to a letter from Ways and Means Ranking Member Kevin Brady of Texas and Oversight Subcommittee Ranking Member Tom Rice of South Carolina, “Committee Republicans have consistently sought this document and information.” “The Administration obstructs the Congress’ essential job to perform oversight,” the statement reads. “The Administration refused to respond to the Committee, engage in a substantial conversation with staff regarding the request, and eventually deny access to the decision memorandum.”
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Republicans have suggested that the IRS’s refusal to turn up the decision memo is arousing concerns that there may be other forces at play, notwithstanding the IRS’s claim that it destroyed the records due to software restrictions. Brady and Rice disagreed this week with the IRS’s assertion from May that making the decision memo public would put the IRS at “serious danger.”
They said, “This broad IRS denial based on a deemed risk to the agency is inappropriate.” “Whenever the executive branch detects a potential risk, congressional monitoring does not cease.”
A GOP resolution of inquiry (ROI), which would have served as an official request from Congress for the decision memo, was recently denied by Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee. However, Brady and Rice stated in their letter that if Republicans take back control of the House in the next November elections, they would continue to push the issue.
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Republicans maintained their commitment to carrying out oversight of the agency’s processing and destruction of the paper-filed returns, even though Democrats had voted to report the ROI negatively.
They continued, “The decision to trash information returns that millions of American taxpayers meticulously prepared is ripe for congressional inspection.”