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Cincinnati IRS Workers Reveal What Really Happened – And Yes, It’s What You Think

June 10, 2013 by  

Cincinnati IRS Workers Reveal What Really Happened – And Yes, It’s What You Think

A pair of IRS agents who worked out of the Cincinnati office at the center of the widening Tea Party discrimination scandal told Congressional investigators that they were ordered by “higher-ups” in Washington, D.C. to target conservative political groups applying for tax-exempt status.

That’s a contention, notes CBS-D.C., that “directly contradicts claims made by the agency since the scandal erupted last month.”

One Cincinnati agent, Gary Muthert, said he was instructed by a local, unnamed supervisor to go through tax-exempt applications to see if they had “Tea Party” in their titles. But that local supervisor was acting, said Muthert, on order from on high: “He told me that Washington, D.C., wanted some cases.”

Using the “Tea Party” criteria yielded a small handful of applications, but, when Muthert widened his search to include phrases like “patriots’ or “9-12 project,” he hit upon close to 40 more applications.

“I used ‘patriots’ because some of the tea partiers wouldn’t, they would shorten their name to TP Patriots,” Muthert said. “I thought, OK, I will use ‘patriot.’”

From there, Muthert’s supervisor told him that “someone in Washington” had requested to see seven of those applications, but he told investigators he never knew who that “someone” was.

Another Cincinnati IRS agent, Elizabeth Hofacre, was responsible for processing Tea Party applications that had already been flagged in 2010. Her local supervisor, also unnamed, assigned those applications to her. But an IRS attorney in Washington, D.C. named Carter Hull – who worked in the tax-exempt division – allegedly “micromanaged” Hofacre’s work and contributed to the groups’ delay in receiving tax-exempt status.

Hofacre said she thought Hull’s interest in the cases was both unusual and “demeaning.”

“It was demeaning. One of the criteria is to work independently and do research and make decisions based on your experience and education, whereas on this case, I had no autonomy at all through the process,” she told investigators.

Hull also allegedly took his time signing off on letters Hofacre sent asking the flagged groups for extra documentation. “All I remember saying and thinking is, ‘This is ridiculous.’ Because at the same time, you are getting calls from irate taxpayers. And I see their point,” she said.

If the testimony is true and leads to the uncovering of additional evidence, it will further refute the many assertions made by IRS officials and the Administration of President Barack Obama that “rogue” agents acting independently in Cincinnati were solely responsible for the election-season targeting of conservative nonprofits.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Don miller

    All those involved in this should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and the IRS itself should have to pay damages to the people involved that’s how it would work with we the people our government makes these laws and then when one of theirs is caught dirty they don’t have to be held by the same standard as us the dead peasants

    • Mac

      How can someone not know who or what the bosses name is… This is not news. This is gossip. When answers are made clear and blunt, that’s when we will start seeing it all come together. If this is the best we got on the IRS scandal then we might as well let it go.. ( and close it down) People are sick of all the over paid lies out of every part of this administration. If nobody in it is willing to stand up what’s to come??? Whatever this administration what’s. Sad, but true. Hope we can capitalize on the Senate seats. That’s all we have going for us at this point.

  • Robert Stone

    What they need to do, is close 65 percent of the government. They are all crooks anyway.

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    Abolish the damn thing NOW

  • Marty

    At the end the article “if the testimony is true” seems like like an insult to the persons coming forward, the politician making statements today should always include” if the statement is true”

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