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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee

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Rep. Black Blasts Report that IRS Issued More than $46 Million in Fraudulent Tax Refunds

December 21, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, responded to a new Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report showing that the IRS erroneously granted more than $46 million in tax refunds as a result of a computer glitch and “ineffective monitoring of potentially fraudulent tax returns.” Black released the following statement:

“We didn’t need another reminder that the IRS is mired in incompetence and mismanagement, but we got it anyway,” said Congressman Diane Black. “This latest study comes on the heels of stinging reports that IRS employees failed to pay their own tax bill and granted illegal contracts to tax cheats. It is abundantly clear that Commissioner John Koskinen has failed in his duty to restore trust at the IRS and must be replaced, but Congress is not guiltless either. Just last week, my colleagues voted over my objections to give this bureaucracy another $290 million in the bloated omnibus bill. Only in Washington is this kind of ineptitude rewarded with a bigger check. Taxpayers have every right to be outraged by the dysfunction at the IRS – I know I am.”

Resources:
TIGTA Press Release: The IRS Needs to Better Ensure That Refunds on Potentially Fraudulent Tax Returns Are Not Erroneously Released
Politico Pro: Fraudsters May Have Profited from IRS Computer Glitch

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees

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