Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 867

IRS Logo 2The Hill, Hatch Wonders About IRS Discipline Over Political Scrutiny:

The Senate’s top tax writer asked Tuesday why the IRS has cleared most employees referred for potential improper political scrutiny since the agency’s Tea Party controversy erupted in 2013.

Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) noted that Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration had referred 47 employees to the IRS in recent years for potentially breaking the rules for reviewing tax-exempt applications.

The inspector general sent those referrals when it thought an employee’s actions weren’t criminal, leaving any potential punishment up to the IRS.

But of those 47 referrals, the IRS found that 20 employees had done nothing wrong, and another five resigned during their investigations.

The IRS found another eight employees could face disciplinary action for future conduct, after the agency found “no clear” evidence of misconduct. Eleven referrals are still pending, while the rest of the 47 are protected by privacy laws.

In a Tuesday letter, Hatch asked for more details about how the IRS investigates those referrals and about any role the National Treasury Employees Union plays in those inquiries.

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Fire them all. The agency can not be trusted but rather than start at the bottom, start at the top. IRS management and political appointees were behind illegal efforts to persecute dissidents.

Posted by: wodun | Sep 23, 2015 11:08:53 AM

This IRS nest of political vipers must be cleaned out in the next administration. Ted Cruz would do it...doubt any of the others would.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | Sep 23, 2015 9:44:04 AM

The saddest part is the dog that didn't bark. Not one whistleblower in the bunch of people who knew about the abusive activity. Not one.

Had the abuse targeted Democrats, there would have been no shortage of whistle blowers. There's your bias right there. Eliminating it will be much harder than eliminating racial bias has been.

Posted by: AMTbuff | Sep 23, 2015 8:25:14 AM