Outraged over recent revelations that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) singled out and targeted conservative political groups, Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has signed a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew voicing concern and demanding answers.
Drafted by Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1), the letter calls for an explanation regarding reports that Lois Lerner, the IRS head for tax-exempt groups, admitted that the IRS treated conservative political groups unfairly by screening organizations with "tea party" or "patriot" in tax-exempt status applications, and violated IRS policy by asking these groups for donor lists.
"The actions of the IRS are inexcusable. The American people have questions and Secretary Lew, with the ultimate authority over the IRS, must provide answers," said Congressman Collins. "I am one of many members of Congress, on either side of the aisle, who continues to seek more information."
This letter is a first step in calling for the responsible individuals to be held accountable, and requests assurance from Secretary Lew that the targeted groups are notified, among other actions.
Congressman Collins' office is also offering help to those who may have been affected. If you are part of a group that believes it was unfairly targeted by the IRS, please contact Congressman Collins' office at (202) 225-5265 for a confidential consultation.