On February 16th, GOP Rep. from Missouri and the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Jason Smith, sent a letter to the Inspector General for Tax Administration. that unleashed his concerns about the IRS and the leakage of secret tax intel 19 months earlier.
The leak of confidential tax information was disclosed by ProPublica.
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The letter stated that ProPublica “published a significant amount of legally protected taxpayer information” and had bunches of information on “thousands of the nation’s wealthiest people” going back “more than 15 years.”
In the letter, Smith voiced that this reveal was “egregious” and “unprecedented,” and recommended that this leak should be interrogated and directed the interrogators to keep him informed about the interrogation progress.
The primary issue for Rep. Smith was that the Americans still had no idea of how this incident happened.
“19 months ago, ProPublica announced it had obtained confidential IRS data of taxpayers to advance Democrats’ tax hike agenda. 19 months later, the American people are still in the dark about what happened. Taxpayers deserve answers.”
Just The News assumes that there might be a political reason behind the leak “since it was used to prove, as ProPublica put it, that ‘the very richest pay lower rates than the merely rich.’”
The letter also notifies that Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, vowed explanations to the leaks in June 2021.
The leak scandal came in between a mass of other IRS-linked scandals.
Center Square notes:
“Experts and lawmakers have also continued to push for answers after a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report from 2021 showed that the IRS destroyed roughly 30 million taxpayer documents, raising eyebrows. So far, the agency has given little explanation for the destroyed files, which Americans may need for future audits.”