The Daily Item
— WASHINGTON, D.C. – At today’s hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, R-Pa, questioned Treasury Secretary nominee Jack Lew on the steps he would take to fight tax fraud should he be confirmed Treasury Secretary.
Recently, Pennsylvania has suffered a disturbing trend whereby fraudulent tax returns are being filed using legitimate Social Security numbers in order to generate improper tax refunds. Sen. Toomey has long advocated measures to allow Pennsylvania’s local law enforcement officials to more aggressively pursue perpetrators of tax fraud.
“I thought it was especially important to ask Mr. Lew about what plans he would enact to combat tax fraud,” said Sen. Toomey. “And I thank Pennsylvania’s local law enforcement community and district attorneys for bringing this critical issue to my attention and continuing their tireless efforts to stop criminals from stealing the tax returns of hardworking Pennsylvanians.”
Here is a video showing the exchange: