US Congressman Huizenga questions IRS targeting of adoptive families
Caroline MacGregor June 21, 2013 | WGVU "You would hope when you've got 40 members of congress, uh, ten percent of the body saying, "Hey this is a red flag for us, can you answer questions and give us why you did this?"
In a letter to IRS Commissioner, Daniel Werfel,
Congressman Huizenga, supported by 34 of his colleagues, questions the IRS' handling of the adoption tax credit. In its 2012 Annual
Report to Congress, the Taxpayer Advocate Service found 69% of people who
claimed the adoption tax credit on their tax forms were audited by the IRS.
“Again this cuts across any sort of political lines - this is across the country.”
the TAS, 69 percent of adoption credits were audited in 2012. Of those, more
than 55 percent resulted in no change to the family’s refund check and only 1.5%
of credits claimed were disallowed.
“There was such a low threshold of abuse of this particular tax credit. The question is, if you are going to pay that kind of scrutiny and attention to any other kind of tax credit; mortgage interest deduction, you name it, that would probably result in a far higher disallowment rate.”
says both the TAS and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) say adoption
credit claims represent less than one-tenth of one percent of all individual
returns for the 2011 filing season, yet the IRS spent over 35 times more work
hours investigating adoptive parents, compared to other tax filers.
"by their government"
Huizenga is asking for a full examination of the IRS’s auditing practices as they affect adoption
child tax credit claims.
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