26 U.S. Code § 8021 - Powers
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(a) To obtain data and inspect income returns
(b) Relating to hearings and sessions
The Joint Committee, or any subcommittee thereof, is authorized—
(2) To require attendance of witnesses and production of books
To require by subpoena (to be issued under the signature of the chairman or vice chairman) or otherwise the attendance of such witnesses and the production of such books, papers, and documents;
as it deems advisable.
(c) To procure printing and binding
The Joint Committee, or any subcommittee thereof, is authorized to have such printing and binding done as it deems advisable.
(d) To make expenditures
The Joint Committee, or any subcommittee thereof, is authorized to make such expenditures as it deems advisable.
The Joint Committee shall review all requests (other than requests by the chairman or ranking member of a committee or subcommittee) for investigations of the Internal Revenue Service by the Government Accountability Office, and approve such requests when appropriate, with a view towards eliminating overlapping investigations, ensuring that the Government Accountability Office has the capacity to handle the investigation, and ensuring that investigations focus on areas of primary importance to tax administration.
(f) Relating to joint reviews
(1) In general
The Chief of Staff, and the staff of the Joint Committee, shall provide such assistance as is required for joint reviews described in paragraph (2).
(2) Joint reviews
Before June 1 of each calendar year after 1998 and before 2005, there shall be a joint review of the strategic plans and budget for the Internal Revenue Service and such other matters as the Chairman of the Joint Committee deems appropriate. Such joint review shall be held at the call of the Chairman of the Joint Committee and shall include two members of the majority and one member of the minority from each of the Committees on Finance, Appropriations, and Governmental Affairs of the Senate, and the Committees on Ways and Means, Appropriations, and Government Reform and Oversight of the House of Representatives.
Source(Aug. 16, 1954, ch. 736, 68A Stat. 927; Pub. L. 94–455, title XIX, § 1907(a)(3),Oct. 4, 1976, 90 Stat. 1835; Pub. L. 100–647, title I, § 1018(s)(1),Nov. 10, 1988, 102 Stat. 3586; Pub. L. 105–206, title IV, § 4001(a),July 22, 1998, 112 Stat. 783; Pub. L. 108–311, title III, § 321(a),Oct. 4, 2004, 118 Stat. 1182; Pub. L. 109–135, title IV, § 412(rr)(5),Dec. 21, 2005, 119 Stat. 2640.)
2005—Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 109–135substituted “Government Accountability Office” for “General Accounting Office” in two places.
2004—Subsec. (f)(2). Pub. L. 108–311substituted “2005” for “2004”.
1998—Subsecs. (e), (f). Pub. L. 105–206added subsecs. (e) and (f).
1988—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 100–647substituted “6103(f)” for “6103(d)”.
1976—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 94–455struck out par. (2) relating to limitation on cost of stenographic services in reporting hearings.
Change of Name
Committee on Governmental Affairs of Senate changed to Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of Senate, effective Jan. 4, 2005, by Senate Resolution No. 445, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Oct. 9, 2004.
Committee on Government Reform and Oversight of House of Representatives changed to Committee on Government Reform of House of Representatives by House Resolution No. 5, One Hundred Sixth Congress, Jan. 6, 1999. Committee on Government Reform of House of Representatives changed to Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of House of Representatives by House Resolution No. 6, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Jan. 5, 2007.
Effective Date of 1998 Amendment
“(1) Subsection (e) ofsection 8021 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as added by subsection (a) of this section [amending this section], shall apply to requests made after the date of the enactment of this Act [July 22, 1998].
“(2) Subsection (f) of such section shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.”
Effective Date of 1988 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 100–647effective, except as otherwise provided, as if included in the provision of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, Pub. L. 99–514, to which such amendment relates, see section 1019(a) ofPub. L. 100–647, set out as a note under section 1 of this title.
Effective Date of 1976 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 94–455effective on first day of first month which begins more than 90 days after Oct. 4, 1976, see section 1907(c) ofPub. L. 94–455, set out as a note under section 8001 of this title.
Time for Joint Review