Brady asks Who will be there for the taxpayers?
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON D.C.
The Internal Revenue Service is telling its employees to be prepared for the agency to shut down for at least 5 Fridays
between May & August.
Rather than staggering the furlough days so that someone at the IRS is always there to assist taxpayers every working day the President has once again decided to inflict
the maximum amount of pain on Americans via the modest sequester cuts he came
up with last year" said Cong. Kevin Brady (R-TX).
Cong. Brady is a senior Republican member of the House Ways & Means Committee which has oversight of the IRS and also chairs the Joint Economic Committee.
IRS Acting Commissioner Steve Miller sent a memo recently to IRS employees stating every worker would be furloughed for at least five (5) days and the dates chosen so far are:
- May 24 (the Friday before Memorial Day)
- June 14 (Flag Day)
- July 5
- July 22 and
- Aug. 30 (the Friday before Labor Day)
- with two additional days possible in August or September.
During these days all public-IRS operations will be shut down including toll-free numbers and local Taxpayer Assistance Centers.
When small business owners have questions about payroll taxes or a family is wondering where their refund check is someone needs to be on the other end of the telephone to answer those questions."
Sadly this is more political stunting from this White House which refuses to believe this bloated federal government can take even a 2 cent cut in spending. Tell that to families who havent seen their income increase though their tax burdens at the local state and federal levels certainly have."
While some taxpayers may be hoping this means fewer audits Brady noted that acting IRS Commissioner Miller testified in the House earlier this month that he expects collection of tax revenues to drop considerably and taxpayer calls to go unanswered.
Cong. Kevin Brady Texas Republican representing the 8th District is chairman of the Joint Economic Committee and a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee.