Rep. Houlahan marks milestone of $9 million returned on to Chester and Berks households

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) is marking a significant milestone.

The Rep. stated in a launch $9 million has been returned on to group members and small companies by her workplace’s constituent providers since starting her second time period final January.

“I’m an entrepreneur, so I perceive the significance of getting a return on an funding,” stated Houlahan. “And the taxpayers of Chester and Berks counties rightfully need to know if they’re getting a return on their funding in a congressional workplace. I hope at the moment’s announcement additional exhibits our group how severely I take my duty to ship for Pennsylvania’s small enterprise homeowners, seniors, and dealing households. Constituent providers is a high precedence.”

Houlahan additionally famous that not all circumstances, comparable to passport processing delays, contribute to the workplace’s cash returned complete however can nonetheless have monetary implications.

“No matter a monetary end result, our workplace stands prepared to assist constituents navigate federal businesses,” stated Houlahan. “We’re very pleased with our observe file.”

The entire quantity returned since January 2021 stands at $9,089,771. The biggest sum of federal {dollars} returned to constituents got here from the Inner Income Service (IRS) at $4,504,686. The second and third largest sums of federal {dollars} returned to constituents got here from the Small Enterprise Administration (SBA) and Social Safety Administration (SSA) at $2,710,238 and $1,249,237 respectively. Different federal businesses embrace the U.S. Division of Schooling, U.S. Division of Agriculture, U.S. Division of Veterans Affairs, and the Federal Emergency Administration Company (FEMA) amongst others, in line with the discharge.

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“It’s no secret our federal businesses want modernizing,” stated Houlahan. “Outdated programs, mixed with an unprecedented pandemic, brought on large and unacceptable delays in providers. For instance, we noticed a considerable enhance in IRS-related inquiries—they continue to be the majority of our excellent circumstances, and we’re working to resolve them as rapidly as potential.”

Just lately, over 200 Members of Congress within the Home and Senate, together with Houlahan, wrote a letter to the Treasury Division urging them to cut back the backlog. Based on the discharge, the IRS had a backlog of 6 million particular person earnings tax returns and a pair of.3 million amended particular person tax returns as of December 2021. As well as, the IRS has 2 million Employer Quarterly Tax Returns that should be processed earlier than the almost 500,000 amended Kinds 941 could be processed.

Together with Houlahan’s first time period in Congress, her workplace has returned a complete of $13,860,675 to space residents, the discharge stated.