IRS Chief says Obamacare is to Blame for Bad Customer Service, Data Hacks

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen committed July 29 not to revoke the tax-exempt status of colleges opposing same-sex marriage. Screen capture from YouTube
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen (Screen capture from YouTube)

Both cybersecurity and customer service at the Internal Revenue Service have suffered because of Obamacare, the agency’s head said in remarks to Congress on Thursday.

“Congress, as I noted in my testimony, has underfunded … the Affordable Care Act,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a panel of the House Appropriations Committee. “That does not remove the statutory mandate we have that we have to implement the act.”

Koskinen delivered his remarks in response to a question from Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., who pointed out that Congress had “increased funding specifically for taxpayer services” in 2014 and 2016.

Koskinen said it didn’t matter where Congress intended the money to go, explaining the agency had pulled funding for customer service and cybersecurity in order to ensure compliance with the ACA.

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