The Republican National Convention supports impeaching the head of the IRS, and demands more stringent oversight of federal agency spending in its official party platform.
The IRS answered 73 percent of phone calls during the 2016 tax filing season, compared with 37 percent in 2015. Average wait times were cut in half as well. Taxpayers waited an average of 11 minutes to speak with an IRS representative this year, compared to 23 minutes the year before.
More than a year into its Security Summit, the IRS said it's building on the lessons it learned and progress it made to add a series of new authentication and information sharing measures.
The White House has threatened to veto a fiscal 2017 spending bill that would further cut the Internal Revenue Service's budget by $236 million.
Legal experts told House lawmakers they could essentially impeach anyone they want for whatever reasons they deem justified, but the real question is whether they should.
The House Oversight Committee voted out a resolution to censure IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. The vote was on party lines, with Democrats opposing. Republicans hope it is leads to an impeachment proceeding. Steve Ryan, a partner at the law firm McDermott Will and Emery, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin the whole effort is misguided.
The Internal Revenue Service relaunched Get Transcript, the application that lets users access their tax returns electronically, on Tuesday. It's been about a year since the IRS disabled the web app when hackers stole personal information and used it to access tax returns for roughly 334,000 people.
As hearings to consider impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen move forward, two opposing narratives emerge regarding criminal intent, or lack thereof.
When Congress declares war on the Internal Revenue Service, who pays for it and who loses? Senior correspondent Mike Causey says you are literally in bed with the payee.
Congressional Republicans continue to weigh whether or not they want to move to impeach the head of the IRS. The House Judiciary Committee said it plans to have two hearings over the next several weeks to look into possible misconduct of Commissioner John Koskinen.
Federal agencies like the Internal Revenue Service are finding that they must balance an increase in the amount of data they have to secure while providing safe access when that information is needed.
For some on Capitol Hill, mostly Republicans, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen personifies everything they think is wrong with the IRS. That's why members have been debating no less than six IRS-related bills. Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin he thinks none of them will pass.
Four bills aimed at improving IRS accountability passed the House Ways and Means Committee, but not without strenuous objections.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said his agency is working to both strengthen the security around taxpayer information, while also allowing taxpayers access to their own data. And doing it on a smaller budget and with fewer IT experts.