Johnson to IRS: Get It Together

May 28, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) spoke on the U.S. House Floor regarding the Internal Revenue Services’ (IRS) lack of customer service for constituents needing Economic Impact Payments and tax filing support.

 IRS speech

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In April, Johnson sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Rettig requesting the IRS expeditiously increase the workforce capacity to support taxpayers during the pandemic. Read the full letter here. The congressional hotline and dedicated email address recently distributed to U.S. House offices have continued to ignore constituent casework requests from the office of Congressman Dusty Johnson.

Remarks as prepared for delivery:

Last I heard, 20 million Americans had not received their stimulus checks.

In the three months since the CARES Act, I’ve been patient, South Dakotans have been patient, waiting for the help some of them truly need.

But, Mr. Speaker, my patience has run low, especially since Americans are also waiting months for their tax returns.

Ben from Marshall County filed his return in February. This month he will be $400 short on rent.  He’s counting on his tax refund (that’s his money), but the IRS won’t return his phone calls and they won’t return the phone calls and emails from congressional offices.

Workers in hospitals, in factories, in packing plants, in banks are working overtime to meet the needs of this nation. I do not see that same dedication from the leadership of the IRS, and it is time for them to get it together.