Obama to nominate restructuring specialist to head IRS
August 1st, 2013
03:17 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama to nominate restructuring specialist to head IRS

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that he will nominate John Koskinen, a veteran of both public service and the private sector, to take over the embattled Internal Revenue Service.

A blog post on the White House website described Koskinen, who recently turned 74, as "a retired corporate restructuring expert" who would become commissioner of the IRS upon confirmation by the Senate.

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Issa accuses IRS of obstruction, warns of consequences
July 30th, 2013
01:41 PM ET
9 months ago

Issa accuses IRS of obstruction, warns of consequences

Washington (CNN) – The Republican congressman spearheading a House probe into alleged Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative political groups accused the head of the IRS Tuesday of obstructing his panel's investigation.

California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, warned acting IRS chief Daniel Werfel that if "the IRS continues to hinder the committee's investigation in any manner, the committee will be forced to consider use of compulsory process."

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • IRS
July 18th, 2013
03:05 PM ET
9 months ago

IRS inspector general: liberals also on target list

Washington (CNN) – The inspector general who reported Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups said Thursday that he didn't have information until last week that the word "progressive" also was on a list of criteria for extra scrutiny of tax-exempt applications.

At a hearing of the House Oversight Committee, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George said the information that liberal groups also were likely targeted only came to him on July 9.

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IRS interviews show no political bias, Democrats say
July 16th, 2013
02:45 PM ET
9 months ago

IRS interviews show no political bias, Democrats say

Washington (CNN) – In the latest salvo of a pitched political battle over Internal Revenue Service targeting, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee said Tuesday that interviews with 15 tax agency employees found no evidence of bias or White House manipulation alleged by Republicans.

"Despite an extremely aggressive investigation involving thousands of documents and more than a dozen interviews of IRS employees, the overwhelming evidence before the committee reveals no political motivation or White House involvement in this process," said the memo made public by Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the panel's ranking Democrat.

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Democrats highlight IRS targeting of liberals, slam probe
House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa (R) and the panel's top Democrat Elijah Cummings (L) have fueded publicly over the IRS scandal.
July 12th, 2013
03:11 PM ET
9 months ago

Democrats highlight IRS targeting of liberals, slam probe

Washington (CNN) - Congressional Democrats revealed new documents on Friday indicating the Internal Revenue Service subjected both liberal and conservative organizations to additional tax scrutiny in recent years, raising new questions about assertions of unfair politically based targeting.

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House committee investigating the matter, asked his GOP counterpart to summon the Treasury Department's chief investigator, J. Russell George, to a panel hearing scheduled for next Thursday.

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IRS chief seeks to stop bonuses
July 9th, 2013
06:18 PM ET
9 months ago

IRS chief seeks to stop bonuses

Washington (CNNMoney) - IRS chief Danny Werfel told employees on Tuesday he's working to stop bonuses and instead cut back on furloughs.

The news comes after an outcry over IRS plans to award $70 million in bonuses by Sept. 30. Werfel told his 90,000 Internal Revenue Service workforce that he aims to reverse the plan to award bonuses, according to a memo. He blamed the move on the sequester - the $85 billion in forced spending cuts that has hit all federal agencies.

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House panel says IRS official waived 5th Amendment right
June 28th, 2013
11:53 AM ET
10 months ago

House panel says IRS official waived 5th Amendment right

Washington (CNN) - Republicans on a House committee rejected strenuous Democratic objections in voting Friday that Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner waived her constitutional right against self-incrimination at a prior hearing.

The resolution was the first step in an effort by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, the GOP chairman of the House Oversight Committee, to force Lerner to return to answer questions about targeting of conservative groups by the unit she headed.

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Republicans grill acting IRS chief over targeting probe
June 27th, 2013
11:26 AM ET
10 months ago

Republicans grill acting IRS chief over targeting probe

Washington (CNN) - The acting head of the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday that no evidence has emerged that liberal groups came under the same kind of extra scrutiny as some conservative groups when the agency assessed their applications for tax-exempt status.

An initial report on the IRS targeting scandal made public this week by Daniel Werfel, the IRS principal deputy commissioner, led to the disclosure that IRS workers flagged liberal groups as well as conservative groups in trying to determine if applicants were eligible for the tax-exempt status available to social welfare organizations.

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Filed under: IRS
June 25th, 2013
04:14 PM ET
10 months ago

IRS targeting scandal reshaped by new details

Washington (CNN) - New disclosures that the Internal Revenue Service targeted liberals as well as conservatives in assessing applications for tax-exempt status have reshaped perceptions of the scandal, shifting the focus away from Republican claims of political villainy.

Investigations by the FBI, congressional committees, the Treasury inspector general's office and the IRS continue, but Monday's revelations bolstered assertions by agency officials and Democrats that the problem was egregious mismanagement instead of intentional misconduct by the Obama administration.

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Filed under: Congress • IRS
June 24th, 2013
04:59 PM ET
10 months ago

IRS also targeted progressive groups

Washington (CNN) - The Internal Revenue Service targeted liberal groups as well as conservatives seeking tax-exempt status, a Democratic congressman charged on Monday after the agency acknowledged the inappropriate practice continued until last month.

Rep. Sander Levin said the term "progressives" was included on IRS screening lists of applicants for tax-exempt status made available to Congress on Monday.

Read a "BOLO" from November 2010 here.

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