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Owens: IRS Targeting "Unacceptable"

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This week it was reported that IRS officials inappropriately targeted conservative political groups with investigations related to their tax exempt status. Congressman Bill Owens condemned the IRS's activities, calling for accountability and a thorough investigation.

"Targeting groups simply because of their political leanings is completely unacceptable, and if in fact that is what happened then the IRS should be taken to task," said Congressman Bill Owens. "I support the call for an investigation into what happened, and if it is found that individuals within the IRS intentionally committed this targeted activity they should be swiftly removed from their position."

Congressman Owens also noted that bipartisan support for an investigation is growing, with President Obama stating earlier that he has "no patience" for such activity and Republican leadership requesting additional information on the reports.

"If found to be true, this is unfortunately not the first time this has happened over the past few decades," Owens said. "This is an issue of fairness, and I am pleased to join voices from both sides calling for full accountability from those involved."


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