The publication of the tax records of some prominent American businessmen by investigative journalism organization Pro Republica has sparked controversy over personal data protection and tax policy.
A group of Republican senators and members of the House of Representatives in Congress have called for a criminal investigation to be launched against those responsible for the leaked U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) files that should have been closed.
In a letter to the Treasury Department, Republican members of Congress said, “Taxpayers must have full confidence in federal agencies that protect their private and confidential information. Unfortunately, some public officials who have access to the personal and confidential information of US citizens may misuse this protected information for political purposes. The Treasury and IRS must hold to account all those who violate federal law by inappropriately sharing the tax information and payments of large numbers of Americans. »Made statements.
In his statement to the House of Representatives committee on the matter, IRS Vice President Douglas O’Donnell said the institution referred the matter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the district attorney’s office, adding: “Accessing and disclosing confidential tax information is both a crime. We want to know immediately what happened. mentionned.
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On the other hand, Democrat Party politicians have assessed the contents of the leaks rather than the tax regulations that have caused billionaire businessmen to pay less in taxes compared to their income.
“Our tax system benefits billionaires who don’t make their fortunes like working families. There is a lot of evidence. It’s time to impose a wealth tax in America so that the ultra-rich finally pay their share,” said Elizabeth Warren, Democratic Senator from Massachusetts. “used the sentences.
Tax records released by Pro Republica on June 8 show very little income taxes compared to the fortunes of America’s richest businessmen, including Amazon owner Jeff Bezos, Tesla boss and SpaceX Elon Musk, investors Warren Buffet and George Soros. some years they paid no taxes. Leaks have shown that the 25 richest people in the United States pay less income tax than most workers, thanks to complex “tax evasion” regulations.