IRS Scandal Continues, Claims Acting Commissioner

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 08:38

In the wake of the IRS’ admission that it targeted conservative 501(c)(4) organizations’ requests for tax exempt status, Treasury secretary Jack Lew demanded the resignation of Acting Commissioner Steve Miller. There’s every reason to believe Mr. Miller’s won’t be the only head on the chopping block, as President Obama called the move “the first step” toward establishing confidence in the Service.

Miller had previously identified two specific employees for being “overly aggressive” in handling these groups. However, this attempt to pass the buck was apparently not enough to satisfy either the President or 45 Republican senators, who signed a letter to the President urging his administration to comply with a congressional investigation into the IRS.

"The American people deserve to know what actions will be taken to ensure those who made these policy decisions at the IRS are being held fully accountable and more importantly what is being done to ensure that this kind of raw partisanship is fully eliminated from these critically important non-partisan government functions," said the letter.

Recently, the IRS posted “Questions and Answers on 501(c) Organizations (1) on its website, offering (not surprisingly) answers to the most frequent questions the Service has received regarding the scandal.

The only thing for sure at this point is that this story likely won’t disappear for quite some time. So far, neither the IRS nor the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) Report has found evidence of political bias, but it’s still early. As attorney general Eric Holder told the House judiciary committee, “the facts will take us where they take us.”

More information: Questions and Answers on 501(c) Organizations