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IRS Scandal: E-mails Suggest Findings of IG Report Delayed Until After 2012 Election


E-mails between staff members of the House Oversight Committee and the office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) suggest that the findings of a report on IRS targeting of conservative groups were initially scheduled to be released in September 2012, before the election. It was not formally released until May 14, 2013.

“You mentioned your report would be ready in September. Any update for us?” a committee staff member wrote a TITGA employee on September 24, 2012. The employee responded that same day, explaining that “field work for this audit is still on going.”

Committee staff followed up on December 18, 2012, but the TITGA employee did not reply until December 20 — “Sorry for the delayed response. I was studying for a final,” the employee wrote in an e-mail. “We will be able to offer a substantive briefing, i.e., the facts, findings, recommendations, and outcomes by March.” 

When the committee followed up again on February 20, 2013, TITGA indicated days later that the briefing would be further delayed “until late April/early May.” 

“Frankly, it is disappointing and frustrating that it is taking this long,” committee staff wrote in response.

Additional emails show that TITGA was aware in July 2012 that an internal IRS investigation had found evidence of inappropriate targeting.