Committee on Finance Press Releases
Roth to Take Unprecedented Look at IRS
September 11, 1997
The Senate Finance Committee will hold three days of hearings looking at the practices and procedures of the Internal Revenue Service on September 23, 24, and 25, Chairman William V. Roth, Jr. (R-DE) announced today.
Roth Announces Witnesses for First Day of IRS Hearings
September 16, 1997
Senate Finance Committee Chairman William V. Roth, Jr. (R-DE) Wednesday released a witness list for the first day of the Committee's IRS hearings. The Committee will hold three days of hearings looking at the practices and procedures of the Internal Revenue Service beginning Tuesday, September 23 at 9:00 am in room 106 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
Roth Opens IRS Investigative Hearings
September 23, 1997
The Senate Finance Committee today opened the first of three days of hearings into the practices and procedures of the internal Revenue Service.
Democratic Objection Shuts Down IRS Hearing
September 23, 1997
The Senate Finance Committee's investigative hearings into the practices and procedures of the Internal Revenue Service ended abruptly today when the Democratic leadership objected to Senate committees meeting.
IRS Hearings to Continue Thursday
September 24, 1997
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a third day of hearings looking at the practices and procedures of the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday, beginning at 9:00 am in Dirksen 106.
Current IRS Employee Charges That IRS Management Condones "Egregious Tactics Used by IRS Revenue Agents and Revenue Officers"
September 24, 1997
The Senate Finance Committee today heard from a current IRS employee, Jennifer Long of Houston, Texas, who testified before the Committee about troubling IRS employee behavior that is "condoned" by IRS management.
Witness Statements - September 23, 1997
Statement by The Honorable Charles E. Grassley
United States Senator (R-Iowa) and Member of the National Commission on Restructuring the IRS
Statement by The Honorable J. Robert Kerrey
United States Senator (D-Nebraska) and Co-Chairman of the National Commission on Restructuring the IRS
Statement by The Honorable Steny H. Hoyer
United States Representative (D-Maryland)
Testimony of Joseph F. Lane
Enrolled Agent and Chairman of the National Government Relations Committee, The National Association of Enrolled Agents, Gaithersburg, MD
Statements by Robert L. Goldstein, CPA and James A. Woehlke, CPA, LL.M. (Tax)
For the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the nation's largest and oldest state CPA professional associations, serving over 32,000 members
Statement by Mr. David Burnham
Author of "A Law Unto Itself: The IRS and the Abuse of Power", Co-Director of the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse and Associate Research Professor of the Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communication, Washington, D.C.
Statement by Ms. Shelley Davis
Author of "Unbridled Power" and Former Historian for the IRS, Manassas, VA
Statement by Mr. Robert Schriebman
Author of Eight Books on IRS Practices and Procedures, Adjunct Professor of Tax Practice and Procedure: University of Southern California Graduate School of Accounting, Rolling Hills Estates, CA.
Statement by Ms. Lynda D. Willis
Adobe Acrobat pdf file, 75KB
Director of Tax Policy and Administration Issues, United States General Government Office, Washington, D.C.
Titled: "IRS' Use of Enforcement Authorities to Collect Deliquent Taxes"
Witness Statements - September 24, 1997
Statement by Monseigneur Lawrence Ballweg
Priest in the Catholic Church for over 57 years in New York, NY
Statement by Mrs. Nancy Jacobs
Statement by Ms. Katherine Lund
Apple Valley, CA
Statement by Mr. Thomas Savage
Owner of a small construction management company in Lewes, Delaware
Statement by Ms. Darren Larsen
Attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service in three different districts. Served in the position of Assistant District Counsel, including extensive duty as Acting District Counsel
Statement by Mr. Lawrence G. Lilly
Special Agent in the Intelligence Division (now known as the Criminal Investigation Division.) and a Criminal Tax attorney, an Assistant District Counsel in Miami. Retired in 1990 from her final position as District Counsel for one of the larger districts, in San Jose, California
Statement by Mr. David Patnoe
Enrolled Agent representing taxpayers before the Collections Division of the Internal Revenue Service for over seven years in Camarillo, California
Statement by Mr. Bruce A. Strauss
Enrolled Agent licensed to represent taxpayers before the IRS. President of the Enrolled Agents in five county area in Florida and retired from the Internal Revenue Service after 31 years, the last 18 of which he held the position of Division Chief within the Collection Division. Also received nine consecutive performance awards from 1983 through 1991. Retired as Senior Division Chief in Florida
Statement by Jennifer Long
Currently a Revenue Agent with the IRS.
Witness Statements - September 25, 1997
Statement by Anonymous Witness # 1
Spent 25 years either working for the Internal Revenue Service Collection Division or representing taxpayers before the IRS Collection Division
Statement by Anonymous Witness # 2
Was a law enforcement officer for approximately twenty years, now a criminal investigator for the Internal Revenue Service's Internal Security Division
Statement by Anonymous Witness # 3
Presently a GS-12 Revenue Officer, which is also identified as a Field Collection Officer, with the Internal Revenue Service. Worked as a Revenue Officer for over 35 years
Statement by Anonymous Witness # 4 and Testimony (2 different files)
Service employed as a Revenue Officer of the IRS
Statement by Anonymous Witness # 5
A long term employee of the Internal Revenue Service employed as a Revenue Officer.
Testimony of Anonymous Witness # 6
Works in the inspection Division of the IRS which investigates employee misconduct and responds to and investigates threats and assaults perpetrated against IRS employees
Statement by The Honorable Michael P. Dolan
Acting Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Washington, D.C.
Other Relevant Information
Statement by James White
Adobe Acrobat pdf file, 88KB, September 26, 1997
Associate Director, Tax Policy and Administration Issues, General Government Division
Titled: "Taxpayers Rights and Burdens During Audits of Their Tax Returns"
Report on the IRS: Reinvention, Recourse, Rights, Reform
October 10, 1997
Vice President Al Gore and Secretary of the Treasury Robert E. Rubin