House GOP presses IRS on healthcare credits

Two House Republicans want to know what the IRS is going to do to make sure that ObamaCare tax subsidies aren’t susceptible to fraud.

Reps. Diane BlackDiane Lynn BlackGOP lawmaker introduces bill to crowdfund border wall Budget chairman Womack eyes appropriations switch Black: Corker should ‘just sit back and be quiet’ MORE (Tenn.) and Pat MeehanPatrick (Pat) Leo MeehanOvernight Energy: Pruitt taps man behind 'lock her up' chant for EPA office | Watchdog to review EPA email policies | Three Republicans join climate caucus Three Republicans join climate change caucus Pennsylvania GOP to use Meehan donation to support female candidates MORE (Pa.) told the agency that they were concerned that the IRS was not adopting a plan to correct failed security tests for systems overseeing key healthcare tax credits.

The two Republicans asked the interim IRS chief, Danny Werfel, what the agency was doing to correct the problems.

A Treasury inspector general reported last week that the IRS had yet to finalize its strategy for battling fraud concerns, and that its systems for protecting private information had flaws. 

Many low- and middle-income taxpayers who buy health insurance through exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act are eligible for a refundable tax credit to help cover the cost of premiums.

“Americans face a great threat to their personal security online, as it is widely understood that information systems can be hacked,” Black and Meehan wrote to Werfel.

“Given this reality, we are concerned for the integrity and security of the sensitive personal data transmitted through the new health insurance exchanges.”

President Obama’s choice to take over the IRS, John Koskinen, has his Senate nomination hearing on Tuesday, where he will likely be asked about the agency’s role in implementing the healthcare law.