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Reed: Irs Culture of Targeting Concerning as Obamacare is Implemented

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Washington, DC, May 20, 2013 | comments

Reed expressed serious concern that confidential taxpayer information released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in relation to applications for tax-exempt status may have the same fate as the President’s health care law is implemented.  

“The release of confidential applicant information to the media, specifically ProPublica, is shocking enough and the IRS is collecting even more of that information with the implementation of Obamacare,” Reed said. “Taxpayers are expressing fear their information could also be released publically, and rightly so.”

The IRS official who led the tax-exempt organizations unit from 2009 until 2012, Sarah Hall Ingram, is now in charge of the IRS office responsible for overseeing the implementation of the President’s health care law.

“To have the same person under whose watch the IRS targeted certain groups now in charge of overseeing the agency’s implementation of Obamacare is very concerning for Americans. Empowering the agency, and the individual, that just violated the public’s trust with additional tax information is extremely troubling.”

According to reports, one of the primary roles of the IRS in implementing the President’s health care law is enforcing the law’s coverage mandate and determining eligibility for subsidies from the federal government – two significant aspects of the law. 

“It is my hope Ms. Ingram testifies before the committee so that we might have a better understanding of her role and responsibilities as they relate to Obamacare,” Reed continued. “With the agency’s track record of targeting, we absolutely must get to the bottom of this before the security of taxpayer personal information is jeopardized again.”

Rep. Tom Reed sits on the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, the subcommittee expected to take the lead role in IRS hearings moving forward. 

Reed and the full Ways and Means Committee held a hearing Friday on the IRS targeting of political groups. IRS Acting Commissioner Steven Miller and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George served as witnesses.

Reed’s questions from Friday’s hearing can be viewed here.


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