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By John R. Bolton
Reality calls for attaching Gaza to Egypt and the West Bank to Jordan
Topic - John Koskinen
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.
It's time to use Congress' power of the purse to deny routine appropriations to those who abuse taxpayers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."