Coburn Critical of IRS Spending of $42 Million on Needless Stimulus Letter
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today expressed his frustration with a reported Internal Revenue Service (IRS) plan to waste $42 million in taxpayer dollars to tell individuals they might receive an economic stimulus check. Coburn's comments come after reports that the IRS will spend nearly $42 million to send a single letter to individuals who filed a tax return and may receive a tax rebate check from the federal government.
"There is no need to spend $42 million on a letter to tell individuals they will be receiving a check from the federal government. Perhaps the IRS should also inform taxpayers of their share of the $9 trillion national debt, which as of today is more than $30,000 per American. Congress should be ashamed of itself for approving a stimulus' bill that included funding for this wasteful mailing. The IRS should instead ask Congress for permission to use this funding to crack down on fraud and close the tax gap," said Dr. Coburn.