Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri convened a hearing Wednesday to hear from the acting Internal Revenue Service commissioner even as Democrats suggested the scandal involving IRS targeting of non-profit conservative groups was overblown.
By DAVE HELLING
The Kansas City Star
In his statement, Graves said he wanted to know if the IRS was targeting small businesses. He chairs the Small Business Committee in the House.
Our intention is to make sure small businesses arent being unfairly audited or scrutinized for inappropriate purposes, as has occurred with some nonprofit groups, Graves statement said.
IRS commissioner Dan Werfels prepared statement said the agency is working to improve its scrutiny of business compliance following allegations the agency improperly singled out tea party groups when it reviewed applications for non-profit status.
At the same time, Democrats in the House claim the allegations have been overblown.
Since ... Republicans first began accusing the Administration of targeting the presidents political enemies, the Committee has identified no evidence whatsoeverdocumentary, testimonial, or otherwiseto substantiate these claims, said a statement Tuesday from Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings.
In the meantime, Rep. Lynn Jenkins joined, apparently, by Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri has introduced legislation allowing taxpayers to tape record interviews with the IRS or other federal agencies.
The agencies would be required to notify citizens of their right to tape record the discussions, Jenkins office says.
Jenkins and Blunt are Republicans, as is Graves.