CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, the House will consider H.R. 2769, the Stop Playing on Citizen’s Cash (SPOCC) Act, under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on July 22, 2013 by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
H.R. 2769 prevents the Internal Revenue Service from holding any conference until the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration submits a report to Congress that achieves two objectives. First, the report certifies that the IRS has implemented all of the recommendations set out in an Inspector General’s report from 2010 entitled, “Review of the August 2010 Small Business/Self-Employed Division's Conference in Anaheim, California.” Second the IG is required to describe how the IRS will implement the recommendations set out by the report.
This legislation was introduced in light of reports that the IRS had been holding multimillion dollar conferences for their employees. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) submitted a report in June, 2013 that found that the IRS had spent $49 million on 225 conferences from 2010 through 2012. This includes a conference held in Anaheim, California in 2010, which reportedly cost the IRS $4.1 million. TIGTA found that the IRS could have negotiated lower rates if it did not accept suite upgrade benefits from the hotel where the conference was held.
TIGTA submitted a reported entitled “Review of the August 2010 Small Business/Self-Employed Division's Conference in Anaheim, California” in June, 2013, which made nine recommendations. These include:
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