Tag: IRS

Daines Introduces Bill to Increase Penalties for Illegally Sharing Americans’ Tax Information

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced the “Increasing Rightful Sentences Act” or the “IRS Act,” to increase penalties for future unauthorized disclosures of confidential tax information. Introduction follows the news that after a more than two-year-long investigation, a former IRS contractor, Charles Littlejohn, pleaded guilty to stealing and leaking thousands of individuals’ private IRS tax records, including those of a former President, and sharing them with news outlets. Littlejohn was charged with a single count of unauthorized disclosure of tax information through a plea deal negotiated with the Department of Justice despite illegally obtaining and sharing thousands of individuals’ information. “A mere slap-on-the-wrist for illegally releasing Americans’ private tax

Daines Takes IRS Nominee to Task Over Great Falls Gun Shop Raid, New Army of Agents

U.S. SENATE – U.S.Senator Steve Daines today at a Senate Finance hearing took President Biden’s nominee for Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to task over the IRS’ lack of transparency surrounding the raid of Highwood Creek Outfitters in Great Falls on June 14th. Daines also questioned Biden’s nominee on the IRS’ plan to use their new 87,000 agents to go after hardworking Montana families. Click HERE to watch Senator Daines’ remarks. Daines on the Highwood Creek Outfitters Raid: “On June 14 of 2023 heavily armed, in fact, 20 heavily armed IRS agents entered the Highwood Creek Outfitters store in Great Falls, Montana, and seized boxes of ATF forms

Daines on Fox Business’ Mornings with Maria Bartiromo: Biden and the Democrats’ Priorities are Out-of-Step with the American People

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senator Steve Daines appeared on Fox Business’ Mornings with Maria Bartiromo to discuss President Biden and Democrats’ $80 billion IRS spending plan, debt ceiling negotiations and energy security. Daines on IRS funding: “Look, this is just an example of how misplaced the priorities are this administration, how out of step they are with the rest of America. Why in the world would we add over 80,000 more agents to harass taxpayers when we could be deploying resources to secure the southern border? How about deploying resources to help secure our schools, protect our children? This is yet one more example of how far left this

Daines Secures Commitment from IRS Commissioner to End Improper Audits on Disabled First Responders

U.S. SENATE—U.S. Senator Steve Daines today at a Senate Finance hearing secured a commitment from Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Danny Werfel to end improper audits of disabled first responders. Daines’ bipartisan bill to end these wrongful audits was signed in to law last year, but does not take effect until 2026. Because of this delay many disabled first responders could still be subject to improper outreach and audits from the IRS. Watch the exchange HERE. Daines: “Thank you, Mr. Werfel. I’d like to begin by addressing my ‘Putting First Responders First Act,’ which was signed into law as part of the retirement legislation that

Daines Blasts Biden’s IRS for Misplaced Priorities, Funding Army of Agents

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement today after Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Danny Werfel revealed the IRS’ $80 billion 10-year spending plan. “The Biden administration has once again shown where their priorities lie—expanding the federal government and exerting more control over the lives of hardworking Montanans. Rather than hiring more border patrol agents to tackle the southern border crisis or addressing the massive backlog of tax returns that accumulated over the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS plans to deploy an army of tens of thousands of IRS agents to increase audits on Montana families and

RECAP: Daines’ Bipartisan Senate Trip to Poland, Germany to Discuss Russian Invasion of Ukraine

U.S. SENATE — Following Daines’ bipartisan Senate delegation trip to Poland and Germany where he met with U.S. military leaders, NATO forces and NGOs to discuss Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, he issued the following statement:  “There is good and evil in this world, and we saw that firsthand with Putin’s war of aggression against the people of Ukraine. Meeting with U.S. military leaders, NATO forces and NGOs in Poland and Germany allowed us to gain greater insight into Russia’s invasion, including the terrible humanitarian crisis that it’s created and the importance of having a strong military and energy security,” Daines said. “In Berlin,

Following Daines’ Work, Tax Incentive Regulations for Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Finalized

U.S. SENATE—U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced that the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have issued their final regulations in regards to the 45Q tax credit, which will incentivize the use of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies as well as create jobs for Montanans.   “These final regulations will help give stakeholders needed certainty to develop and implement CCUS technologies. The 45Q tax credit provides a powerful financial incentive for responsible, innovative, economic, made-in-Montana energy,” Daines said. “I am glad that after years of work, Montana’s energy sector will have true access to this critical incentive for innovative solutions

Daines, Tester Fight for First Responders

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester reintroduced the bipartisan Putting First Responders First Act to clarify the current tax code to ensure injured first responders do not have to pay taxes on injury-related compensation.  Daines and Tester introduced the bill ahead of National Police Week. “Montana’s first responders risk their lives every day to protect our communities,” Daines said. “This legislation will ensure these brave men and women will no longer endure unfair taxes or audits from the IRS as a result of the sacrifices they have made for our safety.”  “Montana’s first responders put themselves in

Senators Introduce Resolution to Detain ISIL Fighters in Guantanamo

U.S. SENATE — Following the recent announcement that U.S. Special Forces captured an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leader while carrying out Operation Inherent Resolve, Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) today led 14 Senators in introducing a resolution to detain ISIL fighters at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Cosponsors of the resolution include Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), John Boozman (R-AR), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Tim Scott (R-SC) and David Vitter (R-LA).  As the United

Daines: The IRS is Failing Montanans

Daines Underscores Need to Reform IRS Services, Tax Code as Tax Season Begins  WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the first day of tax season, Senator Steve Daines is calling for reforms to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) operations in light of a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report revealing that nearly 62 percent of callers who wanted to speak with an IRS representative were unable to receive assistance.  “As this year’s tax season begins today, we are once again reminded of the consistent shortcomings displayed by the IRS,” Daines stated. “Our tax code is nearly five times as long as the Bible, but with none of