IRS Commissioner Resigns Following Controversy
May 17, 2013 Taxation in USA
WASHINGTON D.C. – Recent news regarding the IRS’s politically biased screening methods have led to the resignation of the tax agency’s commissioner.
In a speech given in Washington D.C. on May 15th the President of the USA Barack Obama revealed that the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Steven Miller has resigned from his position in the wake of recent controversial news that the tax agency had been applying extra screening and scrutiny to applications for tax-exempt status received by the IRS from conservative political groups.
The resignation is not effective immediately, and Steven Miller will continue to hold his position until June.
The call for Steve Miller’s resignation came following a recent discovery by the US Treasury Department’s Inspector General that the IRS had been routinely applying heightened testing and scrutiny to 501(c)4 applications made by conservative political groups, such as the Tea Party.
The 501(c)4 are tax exempt non-profit organizations which are given some leeway to participate in political activity in the USA, however, the applications may be rejected if the IRS deems that the organization’s role will be political activity.
It is alleged that some employees who processed the applications would screen the documents for keywords such as “tea party” and “patriot” in order to flag the request for extra scrutiny and potential rejection.
Commenting on the extra screening and the resignation, the President said “…it should not matter what political stripe you’re from… The fact of the matter is the IRS has to operate with absolute integrity… [and] we’re going to hold the responsible parties accountable.”
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