A House hearing on the IRS targeting of conservative groups erupted into an argument between Rep. Elijah Cummings and Chairman Darrell Issa just moments after former IRS official Lois Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to testify in regards to her role in the tax scrutiny scandal.
House Republican investigators say Internal Revenue Service agents treated conservative groups worse than liberal ones when they applied for tax-exempt status.
The head of the Internal Revenue Service says inappropriate screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than was previously disclosed.
An Internal Revenue Service manager and self-described conservative Republican said the close scrutiny of Tea Party groups’ tax forms originated in his Cincinnati IRS office and not in Washington, according to a full transcript of his interview by congressional investigators released Tuesday.
An Internal Revenue Service supervisor in Washington says she was personally involved in scrutinizing some of the earliest applications from Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status, including some requests that languished for more than a year without action.
Regardless of party affiliation, a large majority of Americans believe that the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups was politically-motivated.
The uproar over the Internal Revenue Service’s heavy-handed treatment of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status can be traced partly to when New York University Law School went into the noodle business.
The American Center for Law and Justice has filed a lawsuit on behalf of 25 conservative organizations in federal court. The lawsuit accuses Attorney General Eric Holder, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and the IRS of targeting Tea Party groups in a “pervasive” and “organized scheme.”
The Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative political groups has little if anything to do with most everyday taxpayers, but some lawmakers are hoping attention to the budding scandal will swell public and political support for rewriting and simplifying a federal tax code that has undergone some 5,000 changes in the past dozen years.
The Treasury Department’s No. 2 official is telling Congress that his agency played no role in the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups.