House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig expressing concerns over the lack of information the agency has provided following the leak of legally protected tax information of American citizens and its subsequent publication by ProPublica. The American people deserve assurances that the IRS is taking every action necessary to protect confidential taxpayer information and Ranking Member Comer is once again requesting the agency clarify steps being taken to prevent the public dissemination of this information.

“On July 29, 2021, I wrote to you with a request for documents relating to the leak of legally protected tax information of American citizens and its subsequent publication by ProPublica. This afternoon, nearly two months later, you finally responded to my request for information. While I appreciate the response, some of the information provided is woefully insufficient and needs further clarification. It is critical you provide assurances to Congress that you are taking every step in your power to ensure ProPublica does not publish any more confidential taxpayer information,” wrote Ranking Member Comer. “This lack of information is either because you have not taken any steps to contact ProPublica to ask them to stop releasing information, or you have spoken with ProPublica but have chosen not to disclose that to the Committee. Therefore, please clarify your response…”

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