'Overworked' IRS unit treated like a 'stepsister'
May 16th, 2013
05:24 PM ET
11 months ago

'Overworked' IRS unit treated like a 'stepsister'

Washington (CNNMoney) – The Internal Revenue Service group under fire in the current scandal was overworked, understaffed and lacked a layer of experienced middle managers, according to two former IRS employees.

"You have agents muddling through, trying to do their best with the law they're given, the workload they're given and with the folks they have at that office," said former IRS attorney Philip Hackney, who worked in Washington from 2006 to 2011, and advised Lois Lerner, director of the unit that approved applications from groups seeking tax-exempt status.

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  1. John

    Trying to save "legitimate" taxpayers a few bucks by disallowing phony "human services" applicants tax exempt status...Sounds like someone was trying to do ordinary AMericans a favor, but stonewalling a partisan organization that shouldn't remotely be considered primarily a "human services" organization.....THANKS MUCH FOR YOUR HELP IN EXPOSING THE TEA PARTY FOR WHAT THEY ARE AND IT ISN'T A HUMAN SERVICES ORGANIZATION. You deserve a promotion, not a firing.

    May 16, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Well, it's not exactly rocket science:

    1. Claim the all government is broken and can't do anything right.

    2. Defund it, understaff it, poison legislation, deregulate and hamstring oversight, etc., so it can't.

    3. Tapdance in clownshoes singing the "I Told You So" song.

    May 16, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. PU

    Would not surprise me one bit to find out the GOP is behind this. The guy in charge of the agency when all of this was going on was a Bush appointee/Republican. How easy to hold up a few Tea Party applications and then pin it on the administration. By the time it all comes out, Shulman is gone, and maybe a few low level employees get canned. Instant conspiracy. Mission Accomplished.

    May 16, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  4. stars

    The repugs want to expose the teabaggers for destorying their party. a little to late.

    May 16, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |