First hearing on IRS targeting conservatives scheduled for Friday

The House Ways and Means Committee announced Monday that it will hold a hearing on the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups for tax exempt status.

The hearing will take place Friday morning.

Acting Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Steve Miller, and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, J. Russell George will be the only witnesses, according to the committee press release.

CNN reports this will be the first hearing on the IRS targeting of conservatives.

“The American public expects the Internal Revenue Service to be apolitical in its enforcement of our tax laws,” Committee Chairman Dave Damp said. “News that the agency admits it targeted American taxpayers based on politics is both astounding and appalling. The Committee on Ways and Means will get to the bottom of this practice and ensure it never takes place again.”

Ranking Member Sander Levin added that the American people deserve a full understanding of the situation.

“The American people must have the fullest confidence that organizations requesting tax exemption receive completely unbiased treatment from the Internal Revenue Service and are never singled out by name or political views,” he said. “The nation deserves a complete understanding of this matter, and as Chairman Camp and I discussed this morning, it is essential that there be a thorough and bipartisan investigation and effective remedial action.”

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