IRS victims testify as agency scandal continues
WASHINGTON — It’s going to be another rough day for the internal revenue service. An inspector general’s report is expected to be released today and it will outline how it squandered taxpayer dollars on trips and conferences.
Also, some of the conservative groups targeted by the IRS get their chance to testify in a series of hearings. The IRS is bracing for a one-two punch here in Washington.
Rep. Hal Rogers (R) from Kentucky says, “It seems we have a new misstep every day at the IRS.”
For the Internal Revenue Service it’s another day in the hot seat on Capitol Hill. An inspector general’s report out today reveals how the agency spent, and misspent, tax dollars it collected.
“I certainly plan on holding people accountable,” Daniel Werfel, the IRS Acting Commissioner says.
The agency’s new acting chief promised the IRS has already changed course. Back in 2010 an investigation has found that the agency spent $49 million on travel and training.
For one conference alone it doled out $135,000 for speakers; including 11,000 for a happiness expert.
Lawmakers still have questions about the agency’s singling out of conservative groups.
Rep. Nita Lowey (D) from New York says, “I am furious that the IRS engaged in ideological scrutiny, which is absolutely unacceptable.”
Those conservative groups get to tell their side of the story today.
“And you’re going hear their outrage, you know how hurtful it was to them to feel like their group was being targeted, like they were being targeted,” Whitney Neal with Freedom Works says.
It’s going to be a taxing week for the IRS and it’s not over yet. The IRS is under new management but republicans aren’t done finding out what happened and want those responsible held accountable.
Brian Mooar in Washington D.C. for NBC News.