Today, U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee and U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, called on New York Attorney General (AG) Eric Schneiderman to halt all exploratory efforts involving the activities of several businesses and non-profit 501(c)(4) organizations. In a letter, the lawmakers questioned whether the AG's office was adhering to federal law in obtaining the tax returns for these groups and said the state should direct all inquiries to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
"Clearly, federal tax law carefully and extensively safeguards the confidentiality of taxpayer information. Failing to follow the guidelines set forth in the Code suggests an attempt to improperly compel disclosure of federally protected taxpayer information," wrote the lawmakers. "We, therefore, request that your office cease its efforts to obtain tax returns and tax return information directly from these groups. Your office should direct your inquiries instead to the IRS, which will promptly and appropriately process the request pursuant to federal law and procedure."