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Tax agency replaces official who oversaw targeting

 Lois Lerner, head of the IRS unit that decides whether to grant tax-exempt status to groups, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 22...
 IRS official Lois Lerner arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform ...
 From left, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George,  former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, Lois Lerner, head of the IR...

IRS Political Groups

Lois Lerner, head of the IRS unit that decides whether to grant tax-exempt status to groups, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 22...

IRS Political Groups

IRS official Lois Lerner arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform ...

IRS Political Groups

From left, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George, former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, Lois Lerner, head of the IR...

A day after she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, Lois Lerner has been replaced as director the U.S. tax collection agency division that oversaw agents who targeted conservative tea party groups.
Danny Werfel, the agency's new acting commissioner, told agency employees in an email Thursday that he has selected Ken Corbin as the new acting head of the exempt organization division.
A congressional aide said Lerner has been placed on administrative leave. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a personnel matter.
Republicans have used the scandal to attack President Barack Obama as he tries to push through his second-term legislative agenda ahead of next year's elections for Congress. The controversy also has breathed new life into the tea party movement, whose influence had been waning.


Updated : 2021-05-09 16:55 GMT+08:00