IRS Destroys Millions of Tax Documents, GOP Lawmakers Seeking Answers

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Two Republican lawmakers, James Comer (R-Ky.), ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, have written a letter asking the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to explain the destruction of 30 million paper-filed tax documents last year.

“Committee Republicans are concerned that the destruction of these documents might slow down already inefficient processing procedures and hurt American taxpayers left unaware that the IRS destroyed documents already entrusted into its care,” the lawmakers wrote, according to the letter shared with Fox Business. “It appears that the IRS may now demand that taxpayers provide duplicate copies of information previously destroyed by the IRS.”

A report (pdf) released on May 4 by the treasury inspector general for tax administration (TIGTA) had stated that “continued inability” of the IRS to process backlogs of paper-filed tax returns led to the agency destroying the estimated 30 million documents in March 2021.

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