Stonewalled no more: Senate GOP demands Obama turn over all communication with IRS since 2010

Now that Republicans rule the House and Senate, they may finally be getting serious on IRS investigations.

Senate Republicans asked the Obama administration on Thursday, to turn over all correspondence that happened between the White House and the IRS since 2010,  The Washington Times reported.

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The request was made in a letter addressed directly to the president and signed by 13 Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee along with committee chairman, Sen. Orin Hatch.

“We have an obligation to conduct oversight of the federal government’s administration of our tax laws,” the legislators wrote. “As part of this oversight, we are seeking to determine the degree to and manner in which the Internal Revenue Service shares taxpayer information with the Executive Office of President,” read the letter obtained by The Washington Times.

Republicans and outside groups began several investigations into the IRS since 2013, when the agency was implicated in an abuse of power for specifically targeting tea party, and conservative organizations, but have been repeatedly stonewalled.

Having gained more control after the mid-term election, the GOP is showing signs they are ramping up their efforts in the examination of corruption and accountability within the IRS agency.

In a second letter on Thursday, the GOP senators on the Finance Committee told the IRS to curb their wasteful spending, and use the savings to increase their customer service with the number of taxpayers’ calls they will receive this year.

The IRS has warned that they may only be able to answer half the calls that come in during the upcoming tax season due to budget cuts. If a taxpayer has a question, or a late refund, they will basically be on their own, creating a “miserable” situation, said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

Republicans say “hogwash” to that and list a myriad of ways the IRS could save money.

The agency could cut salaries of inefficient employees, cancel bonuses, and stop wasting time and effort to gin up new regulations to go after private citizens they disagree with politically, according to The Washington Times.


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