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  • Roskam Opening Statement: The Use of Administrative Actions in ACA Implementation
    Posted in Press Releases on May 20, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight, Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) delivered the following opening statement during a hearing on the use of administrative actions in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. "Good morning and welcome to our hearing. Today we’re going to look at 'administrative actions'—that is—unilateral actions by the President and the Executive Branch as they implement and administer the President’s healthcare law. "The question we examine today is: If... Read more

  • Chairman Roskam Statement on IRS and DOJ Decision to Return Wrongfully Seized Bank Account to NC Business Owner
    Posted in Press Releases on May 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight, Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) released the following statement after reports that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) returned the wrongfully seized $107,000 bank account of North Carolina business owner Lyndon McLellan, which was taken without any suspicion of illicit activity. "What the IRS and Justice Department did to Lyndon McLellan is unfortunately not unique. The law provides the government tools to st... Read more

  • Chairman Roskam Announces Hearing on the Use of Administrative Actions in ACA Implementation
    Posted in Hearing Advisory on May 13, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight

    Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight, today announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, “Examining the Use of Administrative Actions in the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act.” The hearing will take place on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building, beginning at 10:00 A.M. Oral testimony at this hearing will be from the invited witness only. However, any individual or organization may submit a writt... Read more

  • New Report: IRS Ignored Employee Misconduct, Tax Violations Over Ten Year Period
    Posted in Press Releases on May 6, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight

    WASHINGTON — Today, House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) highlighted a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) that discovered over a ten-year period, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) repeatedly retained employees who willfully violated tax law and were guilty of other instances of misconduct. In response to these findings, Chairman Roskam released the following statement. “Earlier this year, we learned the IRS rehired ... Read more

  • Chairman Ryan Statement on TIGTA Report
    Posted in Press Releases on April 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight, Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report that says the IRS has taken action to stop targeting groups based on their names and policy positions: “This report shows that only effective oversight can prevent abusive behavior like we saw in the IRS targeting scandal. We would not have known about this scandal without the work our committees have done. But our inv... Read more

  • Ryan Applauds House Passage of Balanced Budget
    Posted in Press Releases on April 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight, Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement after the House passed the final agreement for the FY2016 budget. “I want to thank my colleagues, especially Chairman Price, for putting together this agreement. It would balance the budget, repeal Obamacare, fix our tax code, strengthen our national security, and allow the House to pursue the reforms we need to save Medicare. This plan would create more opportunity in our country and build a h... Read more

  • IRS Diverts Funding Away from Customer Service, Says New Report
    Posted in Press Releases on April 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight, Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, the Ways and Means Committee released a new report on the IRS’s exceedingly poor customer service during the 2015 tax-filing season. Despite the IRS’s claim that its lackluster performance was due to budget cuts, the committee has found extensive evidence that the IRS deliberately cut funding for customer service that was fully under its control “These findings are deeply troubling,” said Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI). “At all times, but especially during tax seaso... Read more

  • Roskam Opening Statement: Hearing on 2015 Tax Filing Season
    Posted in Opening Statements on April 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight, Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) delivered the following opening statement during a hearing on the 2015 tax filing season and general operations at the Internal Revenue Service. "Welcome to the Oversight Subcommittee's third hearing of the 114th Congress. Today we will review the 2015 tax return filing season and general operations at the Internal Revenue Service. "The American people have the right to expect excellence from their government—... Read more

  • OVERSIGHT: Ways and Means Puts Spotlight on IRS Spending Decisions, Harm to Taxpayers
    Posted in Blog on April 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight, Full Committee

    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen appeared today before the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee to testify on the 2015 tax-filing season. During the hearing, much of the focus was on a new committee report that takes a deep look into IRS budget decisions. The report, released this morning, outlines extensive evidence that the IRS has deliberately diverted its own funding away from taking care of its customers: taxpayers. The report—entitled, “Doing Less with Less: The IRS’s Spending Decisions Har... Read more

  • Cleaning Up the IRS Starts Today
    Posted in Blog on April 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight, Full Committee

    "The IRS works for the taxpayer, not the other way around," as Chairman Ryan said not long ago. Or at least it should. It sure doesn't feel that way on April 15—Tax Day. And over the past few years, the IRS has sapped public faith in the institution through mismanagement and outright abuse of power: targeting people because of their political beliefs, precipitously seizing small businesses’ assets, wasting taxpayer money. The IRS needs to clean up its act. That is why today the House will take u... Read more