A congressional subcommittee plans to hold a hearing next Thursday on the 2012 tax return filing season, with one of the main topics to be the recent reports of tax refund delays.

IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman will be one of the witnesses at the hearing before the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee.

“The Subcommittee looks forward to hearing from Commissioner Shulman about steps being taken by the agency to deliver timely service to American taxpayers during this filing season,” said Charles W. Boustany, Jr., R-La, who chairs the subcommittee, in announcing the hearing.  “In addition to a discussion of the current budget request, I am also particularly interested to learn more about how the agency is using its current budget to administer tax enforcement initiatives that protect taxpayer dollars from fraud.”

With the 2012 tax return filing season already well underway, the subcommittee will review IRS performance with a focus on taxpayer service, taxpayer rights, and refund administration.  
In conjunction with the review of the current tax return filing season, the subcommittee will review IRS operations in general. Specifically, the subcommittee plans to consider the recently reported delays in tax refunds; fairness in examinations and tax administration; and efforts to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse.

The IRS has experienced problems since early this tax season with refund delays, in some isolated incidents leading to threats against tax preparers (see Tax Preparers Threatened over Tax Refund Delays).

As part of its consideration of IRS operations, the subcommittee will also review the Obama administration’s fiscal year 2013 budget proposal for the IRS of $16.1 billion, an increase of $1.3 billion over the fiscal year 2012 enacted level.

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