November 09, 1994
The Honorable J.J. Pickle (D., Tex.)
Chairman, Subcommittee on Oversight, Committee on
Ways and Means,U.S. House of Representatives, Announces A Field Hearing on the Compliance
Costs and Regulatory Burden Imposed by the Federal Tax Laws
The Honorable J.J. Pickle (D., Tex.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight,
Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives, announced today that the
Subcommittee will hold a field hearing to examine the compliance costs and regulatory
burdens imposed by the Federal tax laws on individuals and businesses. The hearing will be
held on Friday, December 9, 1994, beginning at 9:00 a.m., in the Chemung County
Legislature Chambers, 205 Lake Street, Elmira, New York.
Earlier this year, the Honorable Amo Houghton (R., N.Y.), the ranking Republican on the
Subcommittee, directed the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) to investigate the
compliance burden of the Federal income tax laws. GAO will present its initial findings at
the hearing. Also, representatives from the Internal Revenue Service, the business
community, academics, and tax practitioners will testify at the hearing.
In announcing the hearing, Subcommittee Chairman Pickle stated: "It has been
estimated that millions--or maybe billions--of dollars are spent every year by businesses
and individuals in their efforts to comply with the requirements of the Federal tax laws.
At the same time, the reporting and record-keeping requirements of our tax laws must be
sufficient to enable the Internal Revenue Service to enforce our tax laws fairly and
effectively. Balancing the interests of the r Federal Government's tax collection efforts
with the interests of individual and corporate taxpayers is an important and delicate
task. The Subcommittee's hearing will help us consider how both these interests might be
Congressman Houghton stated: "I look forward to participating in this hearing in
order to get the views of the persons who bear the brunt of complying with the Federal tax
laws and regulations."
Details for Submission of Written Comments:
Persons submitting written comments for the printed record of the hearing should submit
six (6) copies by the close of business, Tuesday, December 20, 1994, to Janice Mays, Chief
Counsel and Staff Director, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives,
room 1102 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515.
Each statement presented for printing to the Committee by a witness, any written
statement or exhibit submitted for the printed record or any written comments in response
to a request for written comments must conform to the guidelines listed below. Any
statement or exhibit not in compliance with these guidelines will not be printed, but will
be maintained in the Committee files for review and use by the Committee.
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