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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

IRS Tax Exempt Roll Maddens President

Applications for tax-exempt status for some groups being delayed, and groups singled out by the IRS?

An investigative report found that for almost two years, beginning in early 2010 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) "developed and followed a faulty policy to determine whether the applicants were engaged in political activities, which would disqualify the groups from receiving tax-exempt status."


Many organizations, including Tea Party groups, received requests for additional information from the IRS thought to include unnecessary questions (i.e. donor lists, amounts of donations, etc.)

"I'm mad", said President Obama speaking from the East Room of the White House this evening, calling the conduct of the IRS "inexcusable", and intolerable.

"The IRS has to operate with absolute integrity."
 
The Obama administration has accepted the resignation of Steven Miller, the acting IRS Commissioner, in an attempt to hold those responsible accountable. 

"It's fixable, and it's in everyone's best interest to make sure it is", said Obama, referring to Congress.

The president said he plans to put in place "new checks" and "safeguards", to ensure this act doesn't happen again.

The president is scheduled to make further remarks during Thursday's press briefing.

The IRS event joins other investigations going on this week, most notably the Benghazi hearing and the AP reporters' phone records investigation.

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