Hatch Dispatch

Senator Orrin Hatch
2013-05-17 17:27:59
Hatch Dispatch“The American people have a right to expect government agencies to perform their functions in a neutral, unbiased manner. When any agency breaks that trust, it undermines the credibility of our entire government.”Dear Friend:As the news has unfolded the past few weeks regarding the targeting of conservative groups who applied for tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and its failure to tell Congress I believe we have watched either the greatest case of incompetence that I’ve ever seen or it was the IRS willfully not telling Congress the truth.In 2012, I sent three letters to the IRS raising concerns that groups were targeted and that the IRS had no authority to request a group’s donor information. None of the three letters the IRS sent back to me addressed those concerns raised by myself and my colleagues, despite the fact that according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) senior IRS officials, including the then Commissioner of the IRS Doug Shulman and recently resigned Acting Commissioner Steven Miller knew of the targeting in May of 2012.Right now we are just scratching the surface in this investigation and there is a whole lot more we need to know. The most important to my mind is once senior IRS officials knew, why didn’t the IRS tell Congress after we’d raised these concerns. I certainly hope election politics had NO role in that decision.The bottom line is the American people deserve the truth – there is no single agency of the federal government that instills more fear than the IRS. Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and I have launched a bipartisan investigation to get to the truth with a hearing with these IRS officials next week. We need to know:• Why didn’t the IRS correct the record once it became clear conservative groups were targeted?• How high up the chain of command in the Obama Administration did this go before it was revealed that this was happening last Friday?• Why did it take a Treasury Inspector General report to get the IRS to own up to this?While the IRS has taken limited action, a lot more needs to be done to restore public confidence. I will be doing everything I can to ensure that we fully examine what needs to happen to ensure the people of our nation have confidence that we are looking out for the public interest.I have made many statements on this subject in the past week you might be interested in reading:Hatch on IRS scandal, call for investigation into public disclosure of private tax informationFinance Committee Republicans demand TIGTA investigate leak of non-profits' confidential tax informationHatch on President Obama's News Conference on IRS Targeting Conservative GroupsIn Letter to President, Senate Republicans Demand Complete Cooperation Into IRS InvestigationHatch Speaks at News Conference on IRS Targeting Conservative GroupsHatch Calls for Finance Committee Hearing, Investigation Into Targeting Conservative GroupsHatch on IRS Targeting Conservative GroupsSincerely,Orrin Hatch
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Hatch Dispatch

“The American people have a right to expect government agencies to perform their functions in a neutral, unbiased manner. When any agency breaks that trust, it undermines the credibility of our entire government.”

Dear Friend:

As the news has unfolded the past few weeks regarding the targeting of conservative groups who applied for tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and its failure to tell Congress I believe we have watched either the greatest case of incompetence that I’ve ever seen or it was the IRS willfully not telling Congress the truth.

In 2012, I sent three letters to the IRS raising concerns that groups were targeted and that the IRS had no authority to request a group’s donor information. None of the three letters the IRS sent back to me addressed those concerns raised by myself and my colleagues, despite the fact that according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) senior IRS officials, including the then Commissioner of the IRS Doug Shulman and recently resigned Acting Commissioner Steven Miller knew of the targeting in May of 2012.

Right now we are just scratching the surface in this investigation and there is a whole lot more we need to know. The most important to my mind is once senior IRS officials knew, why didn’t the IRS tell Congress after we’d raised these concerns. I certainly hope election politics had NO role in that decision.

The bottom line is the American people deserve the truth – there is no single agency of the federal government that instills more fear than the IRS. Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and I have launched a bipartisan investigation to get to the truth with a hearing with these IRS officials next week. We need to know:

• Why didn’t the IRS correct the record once it became clear conservative groups were targeted?

• How high up the chain of command in the Obama Administration did this go before it was revealed that this was happening last Friday?

• Why did it take a Treasury Inspector General report to get the IRS to own up to this?

While the IRS has taken limited action, a lot more needs to be done to restore public confidence. I will be doing everything I can to ensure that we fully examine what needs to happen to ensure the people of our nation have confidence that we are looking out for the public interest.

I have made many statements on this subject in the past week you might be interested in reading:

Hatch on IRS scandal, call for investigation into public disclosure of private tax information

Finance Committee Republicans demand TIGTA investigate leak of non-profits' confidential tax information

Hatch on President Obama's News Conference on IRS Targeting Conservative Groups

In Letter to President, Senate Republicans Demand Complete Cooperation Into IRS Investigation

Hatch Speaks at News Conference on IRS Targeting Conservative Groups

Hatch Calls for Finance Committee Hearing, Investigation Into Targeting Conservative Groups

Hatch on IRS Targeting Conservative Groups

Sincerely,

Orrin Hatch

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