Inspector general reviewing IRS treatment of HSUS

Jun 14, 2013

Who knew government could act so quickly? To update last week’s story regarding the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) handling of requests to investigate the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)— they’re on it!

Monday, June 10, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-MO, announced the U.S. Treasury inspector general for tax administration (TIG- TA) had agreed to review his request regarding IRS and HSUS. In late May, Luetkemeyer sent letters to both the secretary of the U.S. Department of Treasury and to the inspector general for Tax Administration.

In both a letter to Luetkemeyer and in discussions with the congressman’s staff, TIGTA’s office confirmed that a formal review would take place and that the congressman would be notified upon its completion. The letter was brief and to the point, but nonetheless a good sign.

“I am encouraged that the inspector general for tax administration is taking these allegations seriously by looking into the way Lois Lerner and her staff conducted themselves with regard to the investigation of HSUS’ lobbying and political activities,” Luetkemeyer said.

“We know that Ms. Lerner and her staff inappropriately targeted conservative organizations, so the American people deserve to know whether these same IRS officials turned a blind eye to the activities of left-leaning groups such as HSUS.”

Luetkemeyer first corresponded with IRS regarding HSUS’ political and lobbying activity in March 2010 following numerous requests from Missouri constituents. The congressman has gone on record as being frustrated in the past over what had amounted to decline-to-comment answers from IRS to his requests for investigation. — Kerry Halladay, WLJ Editor