IRS Commissioner Resigns
(Washington, D.C.) President Obama says he has received the resignation of acting IRS head Steven Miller.
Miller though did not take the position until December, 2012.
In a statement Miller said, “This has been an incredibly difficult time for the IRS given the events of the past few days, and there is a strong and immediate need to restore public trust in the nation’s tax agency.”
Earlier today, Miller said two “rogue” staffers have already been disciplined, according to another source familiar with Miller’s discussions with congressional investigators.
The second source said Miller emphasized that the problem with IRS handling of tax-exempt status for tea party groups was not limited to these two employees.
Pres. Obama says everything in Inspector General IRS report is “an outrage.”
He says the “good news is it is fixable.”
The leader of a Tennessee group that mentors high school and college students in conservative political philosophy says his group constantly had roadblocks put in place by the Internal Revenue Service.
Kevin Kookogey, founder and president of Linchpins of Liberty, told the Tennessean, “the IRS made “ultraburdensome” requests for information about his donors, his political views and the content of his talks to students after he applied for tax-exempt status in January 2011. He said he lost a $30,000 grant from an organization that couldn’t understand the holdup but needed to move on.”
Linchpins of Liberty has been seeking 501(c)(3) status as an educational organization but has been inactive since 2011 due to the issues with the IRS.
“Our ideas are opposed to the Obama administration, but we’re not tea party,” said Kookogey.
According to the Tennessean, ‘The American Center for Law & Justice demanded Monday that the IRS immediately grant 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status to Linchpins of Liberty and nine other groups it represents across the country.”
An inspector general report found for more than 18 months beginning in early 2010, the 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.
President Obama says the actions are “intolerable and inexcusable.”