Tax Law

Obama says acting IRS chief will resign amid news that conservative groups were scrutinized


Steve T. Miller.
Photo from IRS.

Responding to widespread criticism after news that the Internal Revenue Service had targeted groups with “tea party” and “patriot” in their names for extra scrutiny in their applications for tax-exempt status, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Steve T. Miller, would resign.

Calling the flagging of the groups by the IRS “inexcusable,” and saying that he, like other Americans, is angry about it, Obama stated: “I will not tolerate this type of behavior in any agency but especially the IRS given the power it has and the reach it has,” the Washington Post (reg. req.) reports.

CNN, the Los Angeles Times (reg. req.), USA Today and the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) provide additional details.

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