Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) today participated in a Ways and Means Committee hearing which examined tax fraud. The hearing also focused on whether the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) are doing enough to protect Social Security numbers to prevent and detect false returns. During the hearing, Smith submitted for the Congressional Record a news story about a constituent, whose Social Security number had been used to file an improper death benefit claim in South Carolina.
"Improper tax refunds have cost more than $100 billion in recent years," said Smith. "Given the nation's dire fiscal situation and the impact fraud has on victims, we need to have a full understanding of the size of this problem and explore what steps can be taken. We also must ensure any policy changes are not detrimental to law abiding taxpayers."
Smith serves on the Committee on Ways and Means and the Subcommittee on Social Security.