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  • Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen's remarks come at a busy time for the IRS. Not only are six investigations underway over possibly politicized audits, but tax season is in full gear, and the IRS is set to play a critical role in enforcing the insurance mandate at the heart of President Obama's Affordable Care Act. (Associated Press)

    Scandals, Obamacare mandate keep IRS Commissioner Koskinen busy

    Just days after clashing sharply with Republican lawmakers over his agency's political woes, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen said Wednesday he remained an "optimist" despite multiple investigations demanding more information into suspected IRS targeting of conservative and tea party groups for special scrutiny.

  • Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, prior to testifying before the House Oversight Committee hearing probing whether tea party groups were improperly targeted for increased scrutiny by the government’s tax agency. Earlier this month, IRS official Lois Lerner was called to testify about the controversy but refused to answer questions by committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and invoked her Fifth Amendment rights at least nine times. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    ISTOOK: Congress must bully the IRS by cutting off its money until it cooperates

    It's time to use Congress' power of the purse to deny routine appropriations to those who abuse taxpayers.

  • IRS chief: Producing documents could take years

    The head of the Internal Revenue Service told House Republicans on Wednesday that it would take years to provide all the documents they have subpoenaed in their probe of how the agency handled tea party groups' applications for tax-exempt status.

  • Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, prior to testifying before the House Oversight Committee hearing probing whether tea party groups were improperly targeted for increased scrutiny by the government’s tax agency. Earlier this month, IRS official Lois Lerner was called to testify about the controversy but refused to answer questions by committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and invoked her Fifth Amendment rights at least nine times. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    IRS stonewalls probe of tea party targeting emails

    The Internal Revenue Service's tea party targeting program is still withholding approval of 19 organizations' nonprofit status, nearly a year after the scandal was revealed, the agency's commissioner testified Wednesday to Congress — where he faced fierce criticism from lawmakers who said he is stonewalling.

  • IRS: Worker took home personal info on 20K workers

    An Internal Revenue Service employee took home personal information on about 20,000 IRS workers, former workers and contractors, putting the data at risk for public release, the agency said Tuesday.

  • Ousted IRS chief Steve Miller, right, and J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, are sworn in on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Friday, May 17, 2013, prior to testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) practice of targeting applicants for tax-exempt status based on political leanings. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Official's testimony reveals IRS planned crackdown rules in 2012

    The IRS's new proposal to crack down on nonprofits was in the works a year before the tea party targeting scandal broke, according to a Treasury Department official who told congressional investigators it was spurred by pressure from outside parties.

  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS( Commissioner John Koskinen arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, to testify before the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee hearing on the IRS.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    New IRS rules on tea party won't be ready before election

    The IRS said Wednesday its new proposal to crack down on tea party and other nonprofit groups won't be ready before the November elections — even as House Republicans voted to halt the entire process for the next year, arguing the tax agency hasn't even learned the lessons of its previous problems.

  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, to testify before the House Ways and Means Oversight subcommittee hearing focusing on a variety of issues facing the IRS, including the ongoing investigation into the IRS targeting of certain tax exempt organizations and IRS responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    EDITORIAL: Tribute (as in bonuses) for IRS malfeasance

    Good news for the employees of the Internal Revenue Service. John Koskinen, the tax agency's new director, will spread the wealth to his staff in bonuses for a job he considers well done, even if almost nobody else does. Evidence abounds that suppression of the Obama administration's political enemies is part of that job.

  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, right, accompanied by House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif., left, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., speak to reporters about the Keystone XL Pipeline and other issues, following a Republican Conference meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Boehner, McConnell: Obama turning IRS into 'partisan tool'

    House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a joint letter Thursday demanding the IRS withdraw its controversial new rules governing political activities of outside interest groups, arguing they are the next step in the administration’s “intimidation and harassment” of tea party groups.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: IRS bonus idea is laughable

    New Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen wants to pay bonuses to employees at the IRS. If he wants to pay them, fine — let him take the money out of his own pocket, not mine.

  • In this May 22, 2013, photo, Lois Lerner listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. A day after she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, Lerner has been replaced as director the Internal Revenue Service division that oversaw agents who targeted tea party groups. Danny Werfel, the agency's new acting commissioner, told IRS employees in an email Thursday, May 23, 2013, that he has selected a new acting head of the division, staying within the IRS to find new leadership. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    IRS email reveals Lerner's role in tax rule to restrain nonprofits

    House Republicans for the first time Wednesday linked new IRS rules designed to clamp down on nonprofits with embattled former IRS employee Lois G. Lerner, saying her involvement taints the entire process and should force the tax agency to cancel its crackdown.

  • John Koskinen, President Barack Obama's choice to head the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on his nomination. Koskinen, 74, is a retired corporate and government official with experience managing numerous organizations in crisis. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Embattled IRS plans employee bonuses for 2013 work

    The IRS's new commissioner said Monday he has decided to pay out millions of dollars in employee bonuses, reversing a decision by his predecessor, who canceled them amid the sequester budget cuts and other belt-tightening moves last year.

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., joined by Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, right, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., rear, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, following a Republican policy luncheon.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    McConnell to oppose Obama's IRS pick Koskinen

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday that he will oppose President Obama's pick to be the next head of the scandal-plagued IRS because of the recent rule change Senate Democrats muscled through regarding the confirmation of presidential nominees and because of the ongoing investigation into the additional scrutiny the Internal Revenue Service gave to conservative groups.

  • Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, told John Koskinen that he is "very favorably disposed toward your nomination and want to see you confirmed" to head the IRS. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

    IRS nominee gets GOP support

    The ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee said Wednesday he will support President Obama's nominee to become the next head of the scandal-plagued IRS — an announcement that bodes well for John Koskinen's confirmation by the Senate.

  • John Koskinen, President Barack Obama's choice to head the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on his nomination. Koskinen, 74, is a retired corporate and government official with experience managing numerous organizations in crisis. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Obama's IRS nominee John Koskinen vows to restore public trust in agency

    With the agency squarely in the hot seat over its role in vetting tea party groups and enforcing Obamacare, President Obama's choice to head the IRS vowed during his confirmation hearing Tuesday to restore the public's trust in the scandal-plagued agency.

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  • IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has told Congress that his agency already has turned over hundreds of thousands of documents, but it will be the end of the year before his agency can turn over the rest of Ms. Lerner's emails and years before it can produce all of the documents that House Republicans have demanded.

    IRS emails reveal discussion with Justice about suing nonprofits for election activities →

  • "Most people with refunds are filing early in January, February and March because they'd like the refund early," IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. "So we don't see an incentive and we don't see much experience of people waiting later for us to keep the money longer."

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