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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

House Holds Hearing Today on the Tax Gap

House_of_rep The Subcommittee on Oversight of the House Ways & Means Committee holds a hearing today on Internal Revenue Service Operations and the Tax Gap. Mark W. Everson, Commissioner of the IRS, is the only witness scheduled to testify. From the announcement:

The Subcommittee will review overall IRS operations, the status of the current tax return filing season, and the “tax gap,” which is a term used to describe the amount of unpaid taxes owed to the federal government. The Subcommittee will review IRS operations and tax administration priorities in the areas of taxpayer services, examinations, collections, and modernization. As part of this review, the Subcommittee will examine the Administration’s budget and staffing levels for IRS as proposed in the President’s Fiscal Year 2008 Budget for the IRS. The Subcommittee will discuss the status of the current tax return filing season, including the large number of unclaimed telephone tax refunds, and consider areas where IRS can better assist taxpayers in their efforts to comply with their tax obligations. Also, the Subcommittee will discuss tax fraud schemes and tax scams that IRS has identified this year. The Subcommittee will examine the estimated annual $345 billion tax gap, identify components of the tax gap, and discuss ways IRS can improve individual and corporate tax compliance. Specifically, the Subcommittee will review the Administration’s proposals for addressing the tax gap as recommended in the President’s Fiscal Year 2008 Budget for IRS.

The hearing begins at 10:00 a.m. in 1100 Longworth House Office Building.

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