IRS chief wants scandal to fade
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service's new chief said on Wednesday that the tax agency needs to start moving beyond a controversy that erupted almost nine months ago about its scrutiny of a handful of conservative political groups.
In his first congressional appearance since taking the helm at the IRS in December, Commissioner John Koskinen said he will cooperate with the six separate investigations into the IRS' missteps last year. Koskinen, however, said he is eager to move forward.
“It doesn't serve my ability to manage the agency to go back in time and try to look at any particular aspects of the agency,” he told members of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee in a hearing.
The worst IRS scandal in years burst into view in May 2013, when a senior IRS executive issued a public apology for what she called inappropriate scrutiny applied by staff to some organizations applying for tax-exempt status.
The organizations were mostly conservative, Tea Party-aligned, non-profit groups. The apology triggered furious accusations by congressional Republicans that the IRS targeted conservatives.
The acting chief of the IRS, Steven Miller, resigned. Public hearings were held on Capitol Hill, where current and former IRS officials were grilled by Republicans. The scandal is under investigation, though few facts have emerged in months.
Republicans have accused the Obama administration of using the IRS to harass conservatives
Koskinen, 74, is a lawyer with little tax experience. He is known as a troubleshooter.
, he has promised that one of his priorities is to restore public trust in the IRS..
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Israeli death toll climbs to 25 in Gaza ground offensive
- Putin’s stance on Ukraine is bad for business, Russian billionaires say
- China’s role in Afghanistan called mainly commercial
- Rebels in Ukraine hand over bodies, black box
- ‘Explosion of evil’ in Europe against Jews condemned
- Chinese lunar rover not dead yet
- Flights disrupted in Shanghai, fueling speculation
- Philippine leader hit with impeachment complaint over stimulus plan
- Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian plane
- Chinese, Russian leaders find warm welcome in U.S. backyard
- Baghdad bombings kill 27; Christians flee Mosul under threat of death