March 19th, 2009
04:24 PM ET
13 years ago

IRS committed to collecting back taxes

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A spokesman for the IRS said Thursday that the agency "stands ready to take collection action if the need arises" to get back taxes from 13 still unnamed companies that received billions of dollars in federal bailout money.

"The IRS has every expectation that these amounts will be paid and is committed to collect every dollar of taxes that are owed," IRS spokesman Frank Keith said in a statement.

Georgia Rep. John Lewis, chairman of a House subcommittee overseeing the federal bailout, first revealed at a hearing on Thursday morning that 13 companies receiving stimulus money owed over $220 million in back taxes. Keith said the IRS will closely monitor the companies and take action to make them pay, if necessary.

"The IRS recognizes that those entities that receive taxpayer support have a special obligation to pay their taxes, and these taxpayer accounts will remain closely monitored by the IRS to ensure that the full amount of taxes due are paid," Keith said. "The IRS stands ready to take collection action if the need arises."

Keith said the IRS gave Lewis' committee tax information related to TARP recipients. He noted that there could be a number of reasons why the companies did not pay all of their taxes and that having an unpaid balance "does not signal any intent not to pay."

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. worriedmom

    Let IRS start with our congress people first and get all the taxes they owe. Start with Charlie Rangel!!

    March 19, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    They are more INTERESTING in getting back taxes from you and I.

    What an ugly circle of financial inequity this country has become.

    March 19, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Jackie in Dallas

    Ah, my tax dollars at work, creating more tax dollars from my tax dollars?

    That gives me a headache just trying to figure out what is being said!

    March 19, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Pee Wee

    Had they been this tenacious with Obama's appointees, we probably wouldn't be in our economic 'downturn'. Typical knee-jerk government reaction.

    March 19, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. ray ray


    "the IRS said Thursday that the agency "stands ready to take collection action if the need arises" to get back taxes from 13 still unnamed companies that received billions of dollars in federal bailout money."

    Notice what they DIDN'T mention? Getting back taxes from democrats.

    Attack businesses – that's what a good socialist government agency does.

    March 19, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    These companies recieving TARP need to proide Congress with ALL of their outstanding debt. TARP isn't going to fix the problem if the companies don't even know how much in debt they are.

    March 19, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Matt in MN

    So, they're going to collect back taxes from those 13 businesses.

    What about any other businesses that owe back taxes and didn't receive TARP funds? What about Politicians, CEO's, Celebs and the average joe's who also have back taxes?

    The wording they chose to use is just odd and frustrating.

    March 19, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. gary

    they should check all the members of congress first with the money this group has scammed you could probably balance the budget

    March 19, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Zion

    Ray Ray, getting back taxes does not involve Democrats or Republicans, it involves anyone who did not pay taxes. The most damaging thing to this country is people who cannot think outside of their ideology or political affiliation. Worriedmom, I know that's right, Charlie Rangel needs to be SILENT.

    March 19, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Cindy

    This is stupid. Is that what the bailout money is for? Paying back taxes? I thought it was to stimulate the economy? The IRS is acting just as bad as the banks; wanting their piece of the bailout pie, instead of helping out the ultimate recipients.

    March 19, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. Matthew, Detroit

    Start and Get all the money back that was given to the campaigns for

    Chris Dodd and Barack Obama.

    They both took the most money from AIG. Jokers

    March 19, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Isn't it ironic that Congress has their own bank and they have outstanding bounced checks.

    Yet we elect these jerks to write laws that benefit them and their donors and screw the rest of us.

    I lost all the equity in my home because of these jerks and I am MAD.

    March 19, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. Joe the Troll

    Is anyone surprised that companies that needed a bailout can't pay their taxes?

    March 19, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. Tom in Delaware

    Why wait??? Start with Charlie Wrangel.

    March 19, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. ck

    They can start with a large percentage of politicians!

    March 19, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. Mississippi Mike

    The first place they should look is the new cabinet. I've heard that anyone picked to work in the new administration is likely to owe a little something to Uncle Sam.

    March 19, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. FreeNLovingIt

    I dont know. We have already given the money I dont think we should take it back. If you do, it should be 50% off but not 90%.

    March 19, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. John

    One trillion dollars in Tresuary BOnds.

    Obama hands the Tresuary Department an IOU for 1 trillion dollars.

    We would be getting billion of dollars in revenue if we could drill for oil and tap natural gas.

    Billions and billions for our country. and

    Instead of drill baby drill


    Print baby Print

    Its called inflation baby inflation

    GOLD Buy GOLD.

    We are so screwed!

    March 19, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. 4 years of nothing but excuses

    First stop should be Nero's cabinet.

    Then Charley Rangels house........

    Pick a Democrat any Democrat.

    Ya, we are way off base here.

    One and done Barry, the experiment failed.

    March 19, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. Zac, Atlanta

    My word, why would anyone ever want to take any money from the government ever again? All it brings is unwanted attention to your unscrupulous behavior...

    March 19, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. elana

    Go get em, IRS!! It's about time we have an Administration that is challenging CORRUPTION in this Country! The bottom line is MOST of the banks, and fiancial institutions in America, and throughout the world are nothing but CROOKS!!! And Wall Street stinks of the same smell - skunks!!

    March 19, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. The Death of America by Obama

    I'd like to know if John Lewis has paid his taxes.

    March 19, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |