Republicans Say They Will Investigate IRS If They Take Control Of House

Republicans released a statement this week indicating that they will look into the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) conduct and practices if they take control of the House of Representatives during the midterm elections.

The statement came from the three Republicans campaigning to lead the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees tax and trade policy in the House.

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), the most senior member of the committee among the three Republicans, stressed the need for oversight on what exactly IRS agents are doing, particularly in the wake of investments from Democrats to hire new agents and pump money into the agency.

“Democrats have invested $80 billion into the agency to hire 87,000 new IRS agents,” said Buchanan. “Everyone is worried about what these IRS agents will do, and we’re committed to holding the agency accountable.”

Reps. Jason Smith (R-MO) and Adrian Smith (R-NE) are the other Republicans seeking the top spot on the committee, and they agree.

Smith, the current top Republican on the House Budget Committee, is thought to be Buchanan’s closest competition to lead the committee, and he clarified that even without the influx of funds from the Biden administration, the IRS has been ripe for oversight for quite some time.

“The American people are demanding oversight of this administration,” stated Smith. “Over the years, they’ve seen an IRS that has targeted conservatives.”

“They’ve seen an IRS that has allowed taxpayer information to be leaked for political gain,” he added.

The statements are in line with pledges made by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who said that when Republicans take control of the House, the first bill they will look to pass is the bill written by Adrian Smith calling for funding cuts to the IRS.

“I think it’s important that we strategically lay this out in a way that we can get some results through legislation to prevent these bad things from happening again,” stated Smith.

In addition to looking into the actions of the newly hired IRS agents, the Republicans also indicated that they will investigate the lengthy backlog preventing the agency from issuing tax refunds on time.

“People are claiming the IRS is using equipment from the 1970s to process returns,” stated Buchanan. “Issues like that are ripe for oversight.”

“So is the level of fraud and taxpayer waste stemming from the agency,” he added.