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Ranking Member Lewis' Statement on Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics Bill

April 11, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C.— Congressman John Lewis, ranking member of the Oversight Subcommittee on the Committee on Ways and Means, and Congressman George Holding (R-NC) introduced H.R. 5438, a bipartisan bill to provide information about low-income taxpayer clinics.  Congressman Lewis made the following statement in support (WATCH VIDEO):

“Good Morning.  I hope that all of our colleagues will support the amendment in the nature of a substitute to H.R. 5438.

“I am proud to join my friend from North Carolina, Mr. Holding, in sponsoring this common-sense bill.  Our bill would allow the IRS to provide specific information about Low Income Taxpayer Clinics to those who might be eligible.  The main purpose of these clinics is to help taxpayers resolve disputes with the IRS.  This bill helps taxpayers receive the support and guidance they need.

“Last December, the Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing on the taxpayer experience.  This bill responds to one of the many issues raised in our discussion. During the hearing, we heard testimony from Ms. Tameka Lester.  Ms. Lester serves as the Associate Director of the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic at the Georgia State University’s College of Law that is located in my congressional district.  Ms. Lester and other witnesses shared great ideas to improve the taxpayers’ experience.  It was one of many thoughtful panel discussions.  Going forward, I hope that our Subcommittee will continue to develop bipartisan responses to their concerns and suggestions.

“Again, Mr. Chairman, I hope all of our colleagues will support our bill, and I yield back the balance of my time.”