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  • **FILE** Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 5, 2014. (Associated Press)

    GOP: Lerner warned IRS employees to hide information from Congress

    A newly released email from former IRS employee Lois G. Lerner, sent just as the tea party targeting scandal was erupting, warned colleagues to "be cautious" about what information they put in emails because it could be turned over to Congress.

  • Technology problems at IRS go far beyond loss of Lois Lerner's email

    Lois G. Lerner's hard drive isn't the only technological problem at the Internal Revenue Service.

  • House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. listens to testimony regarding social security and disability benefits, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Four Social Security judges are facing accusations they rubber-stamped claims for disability benefits, approving billions of dollars in payments from the cash-strapped program. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Rep. Darrell Issa: IRS has done little for its reputation over last few days

    The House's top investigator said Tuesday the relationship between congressional Republicans and the IRS was "not improved" by agency Commissioner John Koskinen's "disappointing performance" late Monday, as members of Congress probe what happened to emails that could be key to their investigation of political targeting at the revenue agency.

  • Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has a rare light moment as his panel questions Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen in the probe of whether tea party groups were improperly targeted for scrutiny. (Associated Press)

    GOP airs 'credibility problem' with IRS

    The head of the IRS brushed aside accusations Monday that the agency has obstructed investigations into the targeting of tea party and other political groups, even as Republican lawmakers questioned his credibility.

  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, June 20, 2014, prior to testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on whether tea party groups were improperly targeted for increased scrutiny by the IRS. The IRS asserts it can't produce emails from seven officials connected to the tea party investigation because of computer crashes, including the emails from Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the investigation who has invoked her Fifth Amendment right at least nine times to avoid answering lawmakers' questions.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    IRS commish: No apologies for losing Lerner emails

    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress on Friday that he doesn't owe any apology for the agency losing Lois G. Lerner's emails — or for waiting so long to inform investigators about the loss.

  • IRS Commissioner John A. Koskinen testifies on Capitol Hill April 7 before the House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee Budget hearing. (AP Photo)

    IRS papers contradict Lois Lerner story as many groups still await tax-exempt reply

    A year after a scorching audit revealed that the Internal Revenue Service targeted tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny, and despite an effort to clean house at the agency, many of those groups are still awaiting approval for tax-exempt status.

  • Witness: Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen tried to assure lawmakers that taxpayers would be treated in a fair manner. (Associated Press)

    House Republicans find 10% of tea party donors audited by IRS

    Despite assurances to the contrary, the IRS didn't destroy all of the donor lists scooped up in its tea party targeting — and a check of those lists reveals that the tax agency audited 10 percent of those donors, much higher than the audit rate for average Americans, House Republicans revealed Wednesday.

  • 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.

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