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Mnuchin Commits to Answer on Taxpayer Penalty Relief Within One Week

March 14, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During his testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee this morning, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin gave a commitment to Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) that within the week he will provide a response to her request for further relief for taxpayers facing penalties for under-withholding on their taxes. Rep. Chu is the sponsor of HR 1300, the Taxpayer Penalty Protection Act, to shield taxpayers who under-withheld due to the rushed changes made in the Republican tax law. And in February this year, Chu and Rep. John Lewis (GA-05) wrote to Secretary Mnuchin requesting relief for the expected 21% of taxpayers who unintentionally under-withheld last year. Rep. Chu issued the following statement:

“On behalf of my constituents who have been shocked to discover they owe the government more in taxes, I pressed Secretary Mnuchin on my request for further taxpayer relief from a penalty caused by the rushed Republican tax law. His commitment to responding within the week was the clearest answer we have received from the administration so far. And it is an acknowledgment that the tax law has created anxiety this filing season in households used to receiving refunds but who are now suddenly left owing hundreds or thousands of dollars. I agree with the Secretary when he said this should not be a partisan issue and I look forward to his response in the coming days so that we can move forward with the relief families were promised.”