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Hanna: Did IRS Target Small Businesses?

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Representative Richard Hanna, Chairman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, wants to know if the Internal Revenue Service also targeted small businesses for political reasons as they did recently with some conservative nonprofits. The chairman of the House Small Business Committee, on which Rep. Hanna serves, has launched an official inquiry.

Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) wrote to the IRS in hopes of finding some answers. Among many questions, Graves asks whether the tax returns of small businesses were selected for closer review and what criteria were used to select small businesses for audits.

"I support Chairman Graves' inquiry. There are a number of questions that the IRS must answer," Rep. Hanna said. "Like individual Americans, small businesses are taxpayers too, and the IRS has an obligation to treat them fairly and without regard to the political beliefs of owners or employees.

"The IRS has a unique ability to make life difficult for small businesses, so I will work to ensure proper checks and balances are in place to protect small firms from undue government misuse of power," he added.

Rep. Hanna recently wrote an opinion-editorial for the Utica Observer-Dispatch about the IRS scandal.

"Recent Congressional investigations have raised questions about Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting the non-profit status requests of certain conservative organizations," Chairman Graves states in his letter. "These investigations have only raised more questions as to the extent these practices may have extended beyond conservative groups."

Chairman Graves requested that answers to his questions be provided by June 17, 2013.

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