first_imgThe House Appropriations Committee approved the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill for fiscal year (FY) 2017 during a full committee markup on June 9. The House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee on May 25 approved a $10.9-billion budget for the IRS for FY 2017 (TAXDAY, 2016/05/26, C.2). The full committee submitted a draft report in explanation of the bill it will accompany, detailing IRS funding and oversight (TAXDAY, 2016/06/09, C.1).“The bill is notable for tightly holding the reigns on overspending, overreach, and waste within the federal bureaucracies,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., said during the markup. “We have to keep a close eye in particular on those agencies that have been plagued by inappropriate actions and wasteful spending.”According to Rogers, the bill includes an additional $290 million to improve customer service, fraud prevention and cybersecurity. “This bill directs IRS funding to where it’s needed the most: taxpayer services,” Rogers said.“The IRS made a series of embarrassing management mistakes at the expense of customer service; to remedy this, the bill includes numerous provisions to reform the IRS,” Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Andrew Crenshaw, R-Fla., said. The bill includes provisions that would place prohibitions on the use of funds for targeting groups for regulatory scrutiny based on their ideological beliefs and the White House ordering the IRS to determine the tax-exempt status of an organization.According to House Appropriations Committee ranking member Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., Democrats will not support these types of bills and Republicans cannot enact them on their own. Lowey offered an amendment to “remove 30 poison pill riders from the bill, including a prohibition from IRS implementing the [Patient Protection and] Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148).”Crenshaw opposed Lowey’s amendment. “She [Lowey] wants to strike 30 provisions in the bill. If she only wanted to strike 10, it might have been different, maybe 20 might have been different…but if you strike some of these provisions, you will just add to the government intrusion in our lives,” Crenshaw said.A recorded vote was requested. Lawmakers struck down the amendment by a 29-to-18 vote. The bill now goes to the full House for possible approval before Congress’s July 4 holiday.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News Stafflast_img

House Appropriations Committee Advances FY 2017 IRS Budget

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