“I was deeply troubled to learn of
the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s finding that IRS
personnel used unacceptable terms and criteria to determine if certain groups
should receive additional scrutiny when applying for tax-exempt status.
While the Inspector General found no evidence that any individual or
organization outside the IRS influenced the decision to use these criteria, these
actions were inappropriate and did not reflect the high standards which I
expect and the public deserves. Like the American people, I have zero tolerance
for any action that could undermine public confidence in the impartial and
non-partisan administration of the tax code.
“Although the Inspector General
found that the IRS put a stop to this type of screening as of May 2012, it
should never have happened and must not happen again. I strongly agree with the
President about the need for accountability at the IRS, and I expect the IRS to
implement the Inspector General’s recommendations without delay.”