Read the IRS acting commissioner's resignation letter
May 15th, 2013
06:44 PM ET
11 months ago

Read the IRS acting commissioner's resignation letter

(CNN) – In a letter to Internal Revenue Service employees, acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller announced "with regret" that he'll be leaving the agency in early June.

"This has been an incredibly difficult time for the IRS given the events of the past few days, and there is a strong and immediate need to restore public trust in the nation's tax agency," said Miller, a 25-year IRS veteran. "I believe the Service will benefit from having a new acting commissioner in place during this challenging period."

Read the full letter below.

CNN obtained the memo shortly after President Barack Obama announced from the White House that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew requested Miller's resignation.

May 15, 2013

The internal message to IRS Employees from Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller

Dear Colleagues,

It is with regret that I will be departing from the IRS as my acting assignment ends in early June. This has been an incredibly difficult time for the IRS given the events of the past few days, and there is a strong and immediate need to restore public trust in the nation's tax agency. I believe the Service will benefit from having a new Acting Commissioner in place during this challenging period. As I wrap up my time at the IRS, I will be focused on an orderly transition.

While I recognize that much work needs to be done to restore faith in the IRS, I don't want anyone to lose sight of the fact that the IRS is comprised of incredibly dedicated and hard-working public servants. During my 25-year IRS career, I am profoundly proud to have worked alongside you and to be part of an institution that has worked hard to support the nation. I have strong confidence in the IRS leadership team to continue the important work of our agency.

I want to thank everyone for all of their support and friendship during my career in government service. And I especially want to thank each and every one of you for your continued commitment to the nation's taxpayers.

Steve


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soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Doubtful

    An attempt to perhaps keep out of the way of prosecution....? The first of Obama's folks to resign in shame. Holder should have done this years ago.

    May 15, 2013 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. Jim

    That is a start! More needed.

    May 15, 2013 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  3. jimmy

    Hey Steve, just get out and enjoy your nice pension I paid for PAL!

    May 15, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. Katredia Martin

    Will Mr. Miller remain
    on the payroll or is he physically on the job until early June. This type of action warrants immediate dismissal.

    May 15, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. DB

    For 25 years this person has directed the rest of his employees to direct their questions and audits to the rest of the citizens of the USA while we struggle to make ends meet. Government and IRS employees never have to worry where the next paycheck comes from, if their job will be there in a week or so, never worry about retirement or health care. Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller is doing the right thing, now we need to find the people responsible for creating these practices and even carrying them out and they need to be fired with no retirement or health benefits carried over. Violations of the law, against the Constitution and the citizens of the USA should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    May 15, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. becky

    Those people who chose to scrutinize these applications should do the honorable thing and resign. It is unfortunate that this happened. The law needs to be changed to keep these PACS from getting tax exempt status. They are political in nature and enter into the political fray a little too easily. They fly under the radar but they still get their point across. The donations are not part of the public record and therefore people do not know who funds them yet they are still political in nature.

    May 15, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. Data Driven

    Well, someone's head's gotta roll, I guess. This seems unjust, though, based on WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR. Which is that some nitwits in Cincinnati brought their politics to work, and were dealt with. A year ago.

    May 15, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. DarthVaderMentor

    He may be a fall guy to obfuscate and protect others more guilty higher up. He isn't one of the prime guilty parties. He even gets a month paid to stick around and watch the show!

    This is just an opening sacrifice. He may even have been so disgusted he's turning whistle blower.

    May 15, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  9. Deepen

    instead of resigning.. these guys doing scandals need to man up! resigning is the short cut out.

    May 15, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  10. MTATL67

    No thanks.....No need to pick the carcass of the politically dead

    May 15, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  11. Mike Steele

    Just by reading this letter, you could see his lack of leadership skills.A leader would be angry and demand accountability.He mentions regret, and wants to thank "each and every one," which would includes those who's actions have tainted the agency.The behavior of the IRS was Unacceptable, and Un American, and I say this as a Moderate Democrat.

    May 15, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  12. Walter

    Now we here the libs like Max Baucus pushed the IRS to do this. No wonder he's retiring. Oh those pathetic, laughable libs. Say goodbye in 2014 libbies.

    May 15, 2013 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  13. Jerry

    Oh yes, Obama is angry all right; angry that he got caught in a bunch of lies and illegal maneuvers. About time, too!!!

    By the way, oh yeah, he did not know anything about anything. Neither did Hillary. Oh well, birds of a feather...

    May 15, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  14. are122

    The bus went by, he jumped under it.

    May 15, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. bookie

    so if the commiissioner quits can we expect he'll still be summoned if need be?

    May 15, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  16. troy

    An innocent scape goat! While the real culprits remain distant from the crime scene

    May 15, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. Holden Caulfield

    Steven Miller got this job knowing this would happen. He was hired to be the fall guy once the story broke.

    May 15, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. guido tanzi

    Just more boiler plate!

    May 15, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  19. starman5

    Very interesting how he says nothing about anything. This is typical government double talk, admitting no responsibility for anything. Then why are you quitting? Bozo and are you still getting a pension? I would guess so as long as you keep your mouth shut..

    May 15, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  20. sean

    so he's going to jail right ?
    or wait...sorry (forgot) govt employee...big bonus and pension

    May 15, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  21. eddhur

    i don't believe anything i hear any more i think the president has done more damage to this country than all the rest put to gather and we won't know how much until he is long gone

    May 15, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  22. V1VRV2

    Restore faith in the IRS? There was faith? Ever?

    May 15, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    haha, no one wants to respond for fear of being audited hahahaha

    May 15, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  24. Z

    Hopefully, Obama's and Biden's resignation letters are next. After all, the buck stops with them. They should man up and show some sense of responsibility.

    May 15, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  25. Roberte

    So, they targeted all charity organizations to prevent abuse of the 501c4. Now they are saying Obama's Brother's charity got approved, but was it 501c4 or another exemption? Of course there is no information on this from the Republican blogs. Bush library got an exemption too right? I mean, are we to really sit here and believe anything the GOP says about being the underdog? They have the most corporate money funding their corruption, the Dems being like just 2% less corrupt in my opinion. Can't they actually just limit terms in congress for heaven's sake?

    May 15, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
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