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New IRS Head Tells Congress: Americans No Longer Trust Agency

I am "committed to restoring that trust."

Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday,June 3, 2013 to testify before the House Appropriations subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government hearing regarding a report that the IRS spent about $50 million to hold at least 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012. Credit: AP

Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel, left, accompanied byTreasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 3, 2013, before the House Appropriations subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government hearing regarding a report that the IRS spent about $50 million to hold at least 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012. Credit: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The new acting head of the Internal Revenue Service is telling Congress that American taxpayers no longer trust the agency amid a growing number of scandals - from targeting conservative political groups to lavish spending on employee conferences.

But acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel says he is "committed to restoring that trust." Werfel says he has installed new leadership at the agency and is conducting a thorough review of what went wrong and how to fix it.

Werfel was testifying Monday before a House Appropriations subcommittee in his first public appearance since taking over the agency nearly two weeks ago.

The IRS has acknowledged that agents improperly targeted conservative political groups for additional scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status during the 2010 and 2012 elections.

 

Featured image via AP.

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