FIRST ON FOX: Top officials in the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday called for a hearing to discuss Democratic proposals to tighten IRS regulations in an attempt to prevent tax evasion.
Ranking Member Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., and Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., ranking member on the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions, haven taken issue with potential changes that could impact American privacy.
Democrats in Congress and the White House have backed a proposal that would require banks to report any transaction that exceeds $10,000.
The proposal would reportedly ensure that some $160 billion in lost tax revenue is accounted for each year, but some Republicans on the Hill have flagged concerns.
In a letter to committee Chair Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., McHenry and Luetkemeyer outlined a number of issues they wanted answers to and said failure to hold a hearing would leave lawmakers and their constituents "in the dark."
The duo want to know what steps the IRS will take to protect consumer information and what additional costs financial institutions can expect to bear from policy changes.
The proposal has been floated as a way to pay for President Biden’s multibillion-dollar infrastructure package that Democrats have been scrambling to push through.
The president has vowed taxes will not go up for anyone who makes less than $400,000 a year – which means financing the two-bill package will require some tax reform.
The administration has proposed implementing a 15% minimum corporate tax and a global tax to prevent companies from relying on offshore tax havens.
Closing Medicare tax loopholes for hedge funds and private equity managers has been floated as well, but the most controversial proposal has been in relying on the IRS to monitor personal transactions.
Democratic lawmakers originally proposed requiring financial institutions to report any transaction of $600 or more.
However, earlier this month Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts proposed raising the transaction threshold to $10,000.
"The administration has signaled the $600 proposal would raise $460 billion in revenue, only 6.5 percent of the $7 trillion tax gap reported to the Treasury," McHenry and Luetkemeyer noted. "How did they come to this number? What would the revenue look like under the new proposal from Senators Wyden and Warren?"
The GOP lawmakers voiced frustration that they have yet to see legislation that would include proposals to change the federal tax system and noted there are already two bills sitting in the House that would bar such changes.
"Madam Chair, our constituents demand and deserve to understand the implications of significant policy proposals before they are passed by Congress and enacted into law," they concluded.