Key players in the IRS scandal
May 22nd, 2013
07:15 AM ET
1 year ago

By the Numbers: Internal Revenue Service

(CNN) - The controversy over the extra scrutiny the Internal Revenue Service imposed on some conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status could take a new turn Wednesday when IRS official Lois Lerner is expected to assert her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination at a House Oversight Committee hearing.

Lerner's decision essentially not to testify will follow a Senate Finance Committee hearing Tuesday where former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman and ousted Acting Commissioner Eric Miller both testified.

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  1. Gurgyl

    The most horrible congress in history–get rid off these nasty thugs in 2014. Period. Tax-recode, nab.

    May 22, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I still say this whole thing was a an attempt to find a way to deal with a sudden, overwhelming influx of applications for 501(C)(4) status, and from conservative groups in particular. I think the Citizen's United decision contributed to the disproportionate volume of right wing groups submitting applications.

    I believe that the last thing someone wanted was an excessive backlog applications not being processed in time for the 2012 campaign season. Someone may have felt that would look improper, and sought out ways to expedite the applications. That's when things went sour. Upon reviewing the expedited applications, genuine questions arose about the purpose and mission of some of these groups.

    If a group has the phrase "Tea Party" as part of its' name, then the natural conclusion would be that the group is politically motivated. Let's face the facts. The phrase "Tea Party" has become associated with political activism. I think this entire affair is one of honest people simply trying to do their jobs, and thin skinned people looking for something to whine about. Both liberal and conservative groups were closely examined. It just so happens that there were far, far more conservative applications than liberal.

    May 22, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Give it a rest already! Take care of real business like getting people back to work!

    May 22, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  4. w l jones

    If these Conservative were really conservative they would look at all the large cities in the world and say say stop wasting the taxpayer monnies an start figuring out a way to find a habitable planet make sure our kind here on earth suvivor.

    May 22, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    The numbers show heavy political corruption, in the IRS, which we have to assume came from the WH, originally.

    May 22, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |