IRS Honcho at Heart of Tea Party Scandal Retires
Lois Lerner had been on paid leave
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 23, 2013 2:26 PM CDT
In this May 22, 2013, photo, Lois Lerner listens on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – An official at the center of the IRS' tea party scandal is retiring, the agency announced today. Lois Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status when she was placed on paid leave in May. While she was in charge, the agency acknowledged that agents improperly targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status from 2010 to 2012.

Lerner first disclosed the targeting at a law conference in May, when she was asked a planted question about IRS treatment of political groups. Less than two weeks later, she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, citing her constitutional right not to incriminate herself. Republicans in Congress have repeatedly called for her to be fired.

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Sep 25, 2013 9:15 AM CDT
And the Kings and Queens retire on only $150.000 (That's One hundred and fifty thousand dollars a year) Poor people.
Sep 24, 2013 9:24 AM CDT
As was pointed out at the time, this is a whiny GOP driven fake scandal. Oh, they looked at the tea party more? Maybe because they're a political organization and, as such, shouldn't receive /any/ tax breaks. And yet they were approved. The fact is, these organizations should not have been exempt. Looking at them closely is a correct thing to do. And if they want to cry that profiling is unfair, they're going to have to act like they mean it in the local level in order to make anyone feel sympathy.
Sep 23, 2013 6:01 PM CDT
So they admit she was responsible, they force her to retire and disappear but yet she will still receive her 150k a year pension, I would be shocked if this wasn't a daily occurrence in the US.