United States Code

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§ 8021.
To obtain data and inspect income returns

For powers of the Joint Committee to obtain and inspect income returns, see section 6103(f).

Relating to hearings and sessions
The Joint Committee, or any subcommittee thereof, is authorized—
To hold

To hold hearings and to sit and act at such places and times;

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;

To administer oaths

To administer such oaths; and

To take testimony

To take such testimony;

as it deems advisable.
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.

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.

(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; Pub. L. 115–141, div. U, title IV, § 401(b)(56), Mar. 23, 2018, 132 Stat. 1205.)
cite as: 26 USC 8021