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GOP Congressman to IRS Chief: ‘This is Junk!’

Representative Peter Roskam (R., Ill.) is putting IRS acting commissioner Danny Werfel on notice that the agency needs to be more forthcoming. Roskam held up several pages of almost entirely redacted documents at today’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing. He eventually crumpled them up.

“This is junk,” the Illinois Republican said, tossing the ball of paper aside. “This has no meaning.”

Roskam cited the “Taxpayer Bill of Rights,” a statute that prohibits the agency from “concealing information from a congressional inquiry.” Werfel insisted that it was done to protect sensitive taxpayer information, but Roskam said “he knew without a shadow of a doubt” that the redacted information did not meet that criteria.

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