IRS Report Claims No Intentional Wrongdoing

Post Date: 7/12/13
Last Updated: 7/12/13

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- IR-2013-62, June 24, 2013

IRS Principal Deputy Commissioner Danny Werfel recently issued a report outlining new actions and next steps to fix problems uncovered with the IRS’ review of tax-exempt applications and improve the wider processes and operations in place at the IRS.

The three-part report covers a wide range of areas Werfel and his leadership team examined during the past month. The report cites actions to hold management accountable and identifies immediate steps to help put the process for approving tax-exempt applications back on track. Werfel also outlines actions needed to protect and improve wider IRS operations, ranging from compliance areas to taxpayer service.

"It is critical that the IRS takes steps to ensure accountability, address the problems uncovered in recent weeks and improve the operations of the IRS to continue to carry out our critical mission on behalf of the public," Werfel said. "We have made a number of changes already. More are in the works and even more will develop as we move forward."

The initial IRS review shows no signs of intentional wrongdoing by IRS personnel or involvement by parties outside the IRS in the activities described in the recent Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report. However, the report notes that investigations are ongoing, and that the IRS is committed to a full fact-finding effort to provide the public answers to these and other important questions.

"The IRS is committed to correcting its mistakes, holding people accountable, and establishing control elements that will help us mitigate the risks we face," Werfel said. "This report is a critical first step in the process of restoring trust in this critical institution. We have more work in front of us, but we believe we are on the right track to move forward."

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