The House Ways and Means Committee holds the first Congressional hearing on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) subjecting applicants for tax-exempt status to higher levels of scrutiny based on political leanings.
Outgoing Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller told a House committee that "foolish mistakes" were made by the tax agency, but that partisanship wasn’t the reason. He was referring to revelations that some conservative groups were targeted in filing for tax exempt status.
Treasury Department’s Inspector General Russell George for Tax Administration testified at the same hearing and said he did not find evidence that IRS’ decisions were motivated by politics.
Since June 2011, the Committee on Ways and Means has been investigating whether the Internal Revenue Service discriminated against taxpayers based on political opinions.