A media report has revealed that some of the richest people in the United States have not paid income tax, prompting the Treasury Department to ask law enforcement officials to investigate.
ProPublica, a U.S. media outlet, has revealed that it has leaked a large amount of internal revenue service data on the tax benefits of thousands of the country’s super-rich, covering more than 15 years. The data shows that billionaires, including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Tesla founder Elon Musk, have not paid federal income taxes for years.
However, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the unauthorized disclosure of top secret government information was also illegal.
Meanwhile, Treasury spokeswoman Lily Adams said in an email that the matter had been referred to the FBI, federal law enforcers and two Treasury Department regulators. The spokeswoman said they all have independent powers to investigate this.
The IRS, part of the Treasury Department, is the U.S. tax collection agency, and many of its tax records are classified as confidential. Accordingly, IRS Commissioner Charles Retig confirmed that an investigation is underway into the disclosure of this data to the media.
“Of course we take it very seriously,” Zaki said, joining a brief discussion.
However, ProPublica, which made the revelations, described the reports as confidential, but did not disclose how they were obtained.
Retig testified before the Senate Finance Committee.
“I can’t talk to anyone about specific taxpayers. I can confirm that there is an investigation into allegations that the source of information in that letter came from the Internal Revenue Service,” Retig said.Leave a comment